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#2 State WBB Versus Syracuse Preview



#2 NC State Wolfpack @ Syracuse Orange
Time: Noon
Location: Carrier Dome
Coverage: ACCN


This is weird to write for a team that is #2 in the nation and only has two losses on the season, but there are two State teams this year.

The home version and the road version.

At Reynolds, State is unstoppable at a perfect 11-0. In those games, they’re averaging over 86 points and winning, more often than not, well into double digits. On the road? They’ve dropped two of seven and their points per game average gets cut by 16 to a 70 point average. A trip to the Dome doesn’t help those odds, where the Orange are a perfect 8-0.


Preview of the Syracuse Orange

Syracuse has been less than consistent this season. In their last ten games they are 5-5, with the most recent game being a 92-75 win against BC. Furthering the weird statistical overview, during that span they had six different leading scorers. What we like to call, a mixed bag team.

Their best player is freshman Center Kamilla Cardoso, averaging 15 points and 8 boards on the season. Last game broke her six game streak of at least 14 points. Another big piece for the Orange is their distributor Tiana Manhakahia. The fifth year senior, who sat out last year due to breast cancer, has stormed back leading the team in assists, while posting a near 12 points per game.

The biggest part of their offense is three-point shooting. When the hit at least eight from downtown, they are 7-2. With that ability to spread the floor, it allows dishes down to Cardoso to work inside. Cunane will have her hands full.


Keys for NC State

Another week, another honor for the Pack. Sophomore Forward, Jada Boyd picked up ACC 6th Player of the Year Award. Last year’s All-ACC Freshman Team honoree is averaging over 10 points and five boards off the bench this year. Will need every one of her points today.

State needs to control the defensive side of the floor and then use their athleticism to push it back to offense. In 13 of their 18 games this year, State has held opponents to under 40% shooting. With an Orange offense lead by a pretty good backcourt, they’ll need to cause turnovers and disrupt plays inside to Cardoso.

Look for Perez to have a big game from three to keep pace with Syracuse. A broken record, but Cunane needs a game and then get help from Hobby in relief. Finally, Crutchfield, and her stealing ability, will be put to the test. Will say she nabs three.

PI Prediction: State wins their fourth straight against the Orange, but like normal, it’s a CLOSE one…76-72



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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



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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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#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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