The Wolfpack’s fast start wasn’t enough.
The 9th ranked NC State Women’s Basketball Team led #3 Louisville by 10 points with 6:22 left in the 2nd quarter.
Unfortunately, the Cardinals went on a run of their own, holding the Wolfpack scoreless for the final 4:55 of the 1st half, scoring 19 straight during the drought.
Louisville led by 10 points going into halftime, but NC State came out fighting in the 2nd half, trailing 59-57 at the end of the 3rd quarter.
In the end, ACC Player of the Year Asia Durr (22 points) and the Cardinals were too much for the Wolfpack.
That being said, NC State should hold their heads high. They lost to Louisville by 30 points on February 28th.
Elissa Cunane proved once again she isn’t simply one of the best Freshman in the ACC, but one of the best players in the conference. She finished with a team-high 20 points and 6 rebounds.
Sophomore Kai Crutchfield chipped in a season-high 17 points (6-9 FG/3-4 3PT).
Senior DD Rogers was solid again, with 13 points (5-8 FG) and 7 rebounds.
Redshirt Graduate Senior Kiara Leslie had 10 points.
It’s a shame that NC State lost on one of their best shooting performances of the season. The Wolfpack shot 51.0% from the field. Unfortunately, they also turned the ball over 17 times, and the Cardinals turned those into 28 points.
The Wolfpack will wait and see where the NCAA Selection Committee places them. The 2019 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Selection Show is scheduled for Monday, March 18 at 7 pm ET on ESPN.
NC State Makes Top-10 for Graduate Transfer Guard Justin Kier
George Mason Graduate Transfer Guard Justin Kier (6’4″/197) included NC State in his list of Final 10 schools.
— Andrew Slater (@Andrew__Slater) April 13, 2020
Kier was granted a fifth year of eligibility after missing all but 9 games last season due to injury. He was expected to arguably be George Mason’s best returning player next year, averaging 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, earning All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team honors.
NC State Reaches Out to UAB Transfer Makhtar Guyer
According to Rivals’ Corey Evans, NC State has reached out to UAB Transfer Forward Makhtar Guyer (6’10″/210), after he announced he was transferring on Friday.
Virginia Tech has offered UAB transfer Makhtar Guyer, he tells @RivalsPortal.
Georgetown, Miami, Mississippi State, NC State and San Diego State have reached out since his transfer yesterday. @Hokie_Haven
— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) April 11, 2020
— Makhtar Gueye (@Thelionkilla) April 11, 2020
Guyer has one year of eligibility remaining. Last year as a Junior at UAB, Guyer averaged 6.8 points and 5.1 rebounds, starting in 27 of 31 games.
NC State Accepts Recommendation to Move Case to IARP
NC State has accepted the recommendation to move their violation’s case from the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process.
“We’ve stated throughout this process that NC State will accept accountability for any shortcomings and defend ourselves aggressively where we feel it is appropriate and necessary to do so,” Woodson wrote in a statement released by the school on Wednesday. “As our response to the Referral Petition demonstrates, we do not think NC State can receive an objective or fair hearing before the Committee on Infractions in this matter. We believe the only remaining option is that our case be moved to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process.
“NC State has a long history of working cooperatively with the NCAA, and we remain committed to working collaboratively through the IARP to address concerns and to resolve this matter as fairly and efficiently as possible.” (WRAL)
The IARP is made up of decision makers that are investigators and legal advocates that are independent of any NCAA teams.
The difference between the traditional process, and the IARP, is that the latter’s decision is final, unable to be appealed.
Vote For NC State Men’s Basketball Fans in Fox College Hoops 64-Team Bracket
In the absence of the NCAA Tournament, Fox College Hoops has created a 64-team bracket to determine the best fanbase of Men’s Basketball teams.
They determined 60 of the contestants based of the Men’s Basketball teams with the most Twitter followers. The final four were determined by the highest rated teams not yet selected according to the NET Rankings.
You: So how does this #FOXFanVote thing work?
— FOX College Hoops (@CBBonFOX) April 5, 2020
The winner of each matchup is determined by fan vote, obviously.
NC State’s Men’s Basketball fans were given a #8 seed in the East Bracket.
The winner of the bracket, will earn quite a gift. Fox College Hoops will place a billboard of that team in close proximity to their rival.
Go ahead and vote for NC State to beat Alabama in the 1st round right now.