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WATCH: #2 State WBB Finds Way to Win at Syracuse 68-61



There were moments in Sunday’s contest, that the casual observer wouldn’t know who was #2 in the nation and who was just trying to find an 8th seed in the NCAA tournament. NC State clamped down play late in the fourth to win on the road 68-61.


Physical Play

While only putting up three points, Syracuse’s center Cardoso gave State all they could handle early, until foul trouble shortened her playing time late. Cunane at times, would find herself under the basket, head down, just hoping for any opportunity to create separation for a shot. Syracuse had ELEVEN blocks on the day and truly made the paint a “grind it out” battle zone.

By the end of the first half, the trio of Cunane, Brown-Turner and Jones accounted for only 10 points. Credit to Syracuse for applying pressure, willingness to body up and slide for help.


Roll Players Step Up

The same week she earned ACC 6th Player of the Year Award, Jada Boyd was State’s best player. She finished with a double-double (16 points and 10 boards) and three huge steals. With Cunane getting worn down early (although she put up a State-high 17 points with 10 in the 4th), Camille Hobby logged quality minutes, finishing with 8 points and State’s only three-pointer.


Runs Few and Far Between

The game was back and forth, back and forth. State put up an incredible 19-5 run to start the second half before Syracuse came roaring back with a 19-4 run of their own. Outside of those two wild, offensive explosions, both teams took their share of the leads for the entirety of the game. While State controlled Syracuse’s three-point shooting, the Pack themselves couldn’t get going, ending up 1 for 9. Turnovers, steals and points off turnovers were even between the two squads.


Moving Forward

This was EXACTLY the kind of game that State needed moving onto the ACC tournament. The Wolfpack are so good in transition and overall skill play. To go on the road, where they’ve struggle, to an arena like the Dome and win, is big. Add to that, Syracuse is about as physical and hard hustling a team as State will face until the later rounds *Knocks on wood* of the NCAA tournament.


Louisville ended up beating Notre Dame later in the afternoon, so State ends up with the number 2 seed and will get a bye into Friday ACC Quarterfinals.

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VIDEO: NC State women fall 64-63 to Princeton on late three in NCAA 1st Round



The NC State women were a 7 seed, picked to move on over 10-seeded Princeton, but that’s not how it worked out.

The Pack women were plagued by turnovers (20) and Princeton capitalized with a late 3 to clinch the win. Highlight above.

Sad day for NC State all around.

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: NC State Moves Up to #15 After Win Over Notre Dame



The NC State Women’s Basketball (16-5) team moved up 5 spots in the Week 13 AP Poll, after defeating Notre Dame 69-65 yesterday, who was ranked 7th then, and ranked 9th now.


ACC Teams in the Week 13 AP Poll

9. Notre Dame

11. UNC

13. Virginia Tech

15. NC State

16. Duke

23. FSU

The Wolfpack’s next game will be on Thursday night on the road at Georgia Tech at 8pm on ACC Network.

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NC State Signee Zoe Brooks is a McDonald’s All-American



NC State Women’s Basketball 2023 signee Zoe Brooks was named a McDonald’s All-American yesterday.

McDonald’s All American Game East Roster
Player High School Position Height Committed to
Zoe Brooks Saint John Vianney (NJ) G 5-10 NC State
Essence Cody Valdosta (GA) F 6-3 Alabama
Aalyah Del Rosario The Webb School (CA) F 6-5 LSU
Jadyn Donovan Sidwell Friends School (DC) G 6-0 Duke
Milaysia Fulwiley W.J. Keenan (SC) G 5-6 South Carolina
Hannah Hildalgo Paul VI (NJ) G 5-6 Notre Dame
Riley Nelson Bullis School (MD) W 6-0 Maryland
Courtney Ogden Westminster School (GA) W 5-11 Stanford
Laila Reynolds Shabach Christian (FL) F 6-2 Florida
Emma Risch Palm Bay Magnet (FL) G 6-1 Notre Dame
Taliah Scott Saint John’s Country Day (FL) G 5-9 Arkansas
Ashlynn Shade La Lumiere (IN) G 5-9 UConn
McDonald’s All American Game West Roster
Player High School Position Height Committed to
Kamorea Arnold Germantown (WI) G 5-9 UConn
Sofia Bell Jesuit (OR) W 6-1 Oregon
Madison Booker Germantown (MS) W 6-1 Texas
Addyson Brown Derby Senior (KS) W 6-2 Iowa State
Breya Cunningham La Jolla Country Day (CA) F 6-4 Arizona
Kymora Johnson Saint Annes-Belfield (VA) G 5-7 Virginia
Tessa Johnson Saint Michael Albertville (MN) G 5-10 South Carolina
Amanda Muse Heritage (CA) F 6-4 UCLA
Judea Watkins Sierra Canyon (CA) G 6-0 USC
Mikaylah Williams Parkway (LA) G 6-0 LSU
Jada Williams La Jolla Country Day G 5-6 Arizona
Sahara Williams West (IA) W 5-10 Oklahoma


Here is what ESPN had to say about Brooks being named a McDonald’s All-American.

Zoe Brooks, G

Signed with: NC State | 2023 ESPNW 100 ranking: 9
St. John Vianney HS (New Jersey)

Brooks is a gifted scorer who can flat out put the ball in the basket. Over the past 18 months, she has really gone to work on her conditioning and it brought her game to another level. She is a true three-level scorer. Defenses must be there on the close out, but containing Brooks is no easy feat as she attacks angles, changes speeds, and has the footwork and handle to counter. Her strength allows her to finish with contact at the rim and her touch provides an array of floaters and usage of the glass for buckets. Brooks sees the floor well and zips passes to teammates for open looks. Defensively, she has fantastic instincts and is good in passing lanes and in the press. Brooks is averaging 24 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game this season. (ESPN)

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Women’s Basketball: #20 NC State 71 Miami 61: Box Score & Highlights



#20 NC State picked up a much needed win last night against Miami, defeating the Hurricanes 71-61 in PNC Arena, avoiding a 3-game skid.

Sophomore Guard Saniya Rivers led the pack with 14 points, 6 steals, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.

Seniors Camille Hobby and Mimi Collins both had 11 points.

Sophomore Guard Aziaha James had 10 points, and led the Pack with 6 rebounds.

The Wolfpack was without Jada Boyd and Jessica Timmons last night, and River Baldwin went down with an injury, and will have an MRI tomorrow.

NC State is now 14-5 overall, and 4-4 in ACC play, and will play at Louisville on Sunday at 1pm on ABC.

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