GREENSBORO COLISEUM N.C. State finds itself in a must-win situation as the Wolfpack starts ACC Tournament play.
The No. 8 seed Wolfpack (15-15) takes on No. 9 Clemson (9-20) for the chance to meet No. 1 seed Duke in the second round.
Wolfpack coach Kellie Harper, in her fourth season, has not lost a first-round game in the tournament while Clemson is looking for its first tournament win since 2009.
State won both regular-season meetings comfortably, rolling 79-45 on Feb. 10 at Reynolds Coliseum and 63-47 in the regular-season finale Sunday at Clemson.
The Tigers look like they might win until the last TV timeout, but the Wolfpack comes up with a late run and pulls away 56-45.
Seniors Scott Wood and Richard Howell both entered the contest on the cusp of additional individual accolades. Wood needed just 10 three-pointers from tying Rodney Monroe’s school record, but tonight he only converted one trifecta—part of a first-half four-point play—that nevertheless gives Wood 313 for his college career, tying him with Duke’s Jason Williams for eighth-most in ACC history. Howell was only nine rebounds shy of 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds for his career, which will make him the first Wolfpack player to reach that milestone since Tommy Burleson. However, Howell only managed to haul down five boards, his fewest since Dec. 22 against St. Bonaventure.
N.C. State is badly in need of a victory Thursday afternoon.
If the Wolfpack wants to play in the post season, it definitely needs to complete a three-game sweep of Clemson in the first round of the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum.
The No. 8 seed Wolfpack (15-15) and No. 9 seed Tigers (9-20) will square off at 2 p.m., with that winner taking on the No. 1 seed Blue Devils on Friday at 2.
Thursday’s 6 p.m. game will have No. 7 seed Georgia Tech (14-15) taking on No. 10 seed Wake Forest (12-18), with that winner advancing to a Friday contest against No. 2 seed and defending champion Maryland (23-6).
And in Thursday’s nightcap at 8, No. 6 seed Virginia (16-13) will play No. 11 seed Boston College (11-18), with that survivor taking on the No. 3 seed Tar Heels on Friday at 8.
Semifinals are on Saturday afternoon beginning at 1 p.m., with the title game at 2 on Sunday.
The ACC released its all-conference women’s basketball teams today, and it looks like maybe the coaches and media don’t get along as well as we thought.
The Blue Ribbon Panel’s All-ACC First Team, which was supposed to have 10 players has 11 because of a tie. Then there was the separate coaches’ team, which has 12 on the first unit because of more ties.
In each case, there are five players on the All-ACC Second Team.
Here’s how local players fared:
Duke’s Chelsea Gray and Elizabeth Williams were named to both first teams along with UNC’s Tierra Ruffin-Pratt.
N.C. State’s Marissa Kastanek and UNC’s Xylina McDaniel were named to the first team by the coaches and the second team by the Blue Ribbon Panel, which is largely comprised of working media.
Duke’s Tricia Liston was named to both second teams, while teammate Haley Peters was on the second team selected by the Panel. Wake Forest’s Lakevia Boykin, a graduate of Southeast Raleigh High, was named to the second team by the coaches.
REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State will hold its annual Senior Night, and while there’s only one player to be honored she’s going to be a very hard one to replace.
It’s a huge game for both teams’ post-season chances. State (13-15, 5-11) has run out of room for error if it’s hoping for at least a return to the WNIT. And Virginia (15-12, 7-9), coached by Duke alumna Joanne Boyle, has some work to do if it’s hoping to get back into the NCAA bracketology. Virginia had won the first meeting 78-59 on Jan. 13 in Charlottesville.
State will again have the services of junior guard Myisha Goodwin-Coleman, who served a one-game team disciplinary suspension for Sunday’s contest at UNC.
This time it all goes according to the mega-happy script for the Wolfpack, as Kastanek eclipses the 1,600 point barrier in an 80-59 romp.
Indeed, after being sat down and only playing 16 minutes against Virginia Tech on Feb. 16, Purvis played a season-low 12 minutes against Florida State and only 20 minutes last Saturday in Chapel Hill. He hadn’t scored double-digits points for five straight games, since the Miami loss on Feb. 2.
Asked how Purvis reacted to his diminished playing time, Wolfpack Head Coach Mark Gottfried drew an analogy for the gathered sports media.
“It would be the same if they said you were going to go cover junior high soccer from now on,” Gottfried cracked. “You’d probably be down in the dumps for a little bit.”
Purvis catapulted out of the dumps Wednesday night against Boston College. Although again not in the starting lineup, the freshman scored a career-high 21 points to the lead N.C. State past the Eagles 82-64 for the Wolfpack’s 20th win this season. Purvis’ 21 points supplants his previous best of 19, also scored against Boston College on January 5.
The ACC has announced its 2013 football schedule, including a total of 22 home games at the three schools in the Triangle.
State will host UNC at Carter-Finley Stadium on Nov. 2, while the Tar Heels will entertain Duke at Kenan Stadium in the battle for the Victory Bell in their season finale on Nov. 30.
And East Carolina will visit the Triangle twice, visiting the Tar Heels on Sept. 28 and the Wolfpack on Nov. 23.
And in the big picture, this one may mean more to the Wolfpack (13-14, 5-10 ACC).
It’s UNC’s annual home Play 4Kay game, in memory of the late Wolfpack coach Kay Yow and to raise awareness of breast cancer. The No. 16 Tar Heels (24-4, 12-3 ACC) are all decked out in pink, but except for the shoes on walk-on Kaley Moser there is no pink on Wolfpack players who are in their standard home whites with red trim. State’s bench personnel are generally wearing some pink.
The Wolfpack, which needs every win it can get to earn a post-season berth, will play today without junior guard Myisha Goodwin-Coleman who is suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.
Today the Wolfpack fights gamely in the underdog role, but the Tar Heels finish strong in a 68-58 victory.
REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State is in what has become a familiar position this season, as the Wolfpack could really use an upset victory.
But enough fashion talk.
State is looking to avenge a 79-53 loss in its ACC opener back on Dec. 20, and is in serious need of at least three wins — with no home games remaining against teams with losing records — to at least get an invitation to the WNIT.
The Hurricanes, coached by former Duke All-American Katie Meier, have won five straight in the series.
The Wolfpack got some good news earlier in the day when senior guard Marissa Kastanek was named a first-team Academic All-American while junior forward Kody Burke was named to the third team.
But there isn’t good news between the lines for State, as the Hurricanes shake off a 17-point Wolfpack comeback and survive to win 59-55.
PNC ARENA/RALEIGH—A Pack full of plaudits accompanied N.C. State’s 84-66 win over the Florida State Seminoles Tuesday evening in Raleigh. Sharp-shooting Scott Wood’s trio of 3-point baskets gives him 302 for his college career, passing Tony Akins for ninth most in ACC history. C.J. Leslie’s 19 points and 10 rebounds is his fifth double-double over the last seven games and his eighth of the season.
But, this night belonged to a freshman whom Seminoles Head Coach Leonard Hamilton labeled “a man among boys.” Getting only his fifth start of the season, T.J. Warren amassed an eye-popping stat line, notching 31 points and 13 rebounds, new highs for the Durham native’s still-nascent college career. Warren’s exploits become even more impressive once you look closer at the numbers: 12-15 shooting from the field, including 2-2 from 3-point range, and 5-5 from the free throw line (where he’d converted only 52 percent on the season). And for good measure, he had one steal and no turnovers.