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ACC Tourney Time! State vs Virginia Tech Preview



7th Seed Virginia Tech Hokies @ 2nd Seed NC State Wolfpack
Time: 6pm
Location: Greensboro
Coverage: ACCNX

One year ago, NC State stood on a podium to be officially crowned ACC Champs. Ace Konig laughing with joy, realizing the mountain they had climbed to get there. Wes Moore had a smile from ear to ear, speaking about how absolutely proud of this group he was.

That was on March 8th, four days later the NCAA cancelled the remainder of Winter sports season, the NCAA Tournament and the hopes of a run on the national stage by the Wolfpack.

While multiple Pack players and Moore have stated repeatedly that they’re just focused one game at a time, it’s hard to believe there isn’t at least one eye looking ahead. Without a doubt, on paper, it will be them and Louisville in the Sunday championship game. But we all know how sports go, you have to play the game first.



There were only two teams that beat the Wolfpack this year, UNC and Virginia Tech. The former has already exited, the latter faces off against State at 6:00pm tonight.

In the first matchup, late game heroics were needed to dig out of a 14 point deficit with 8:17 remaining. Crutchfield had her own 10-point run in a minute of game play and Kayla Jones added five points late to seal the game, 89-88.

The second matchup happened just four days later but with a big piece missing for the Pack. Elissa Cunane was out due to COVID protocol and State fell in OT 83-71. Hobby did her best to make up for the star Center, one board shy of a double-double of her own (19/9). In the end, State looked exhausted in OT, as VT scored 26 in a five-minute span.

Which brings us to Friday’s matchup. Winner moves to the semis, loser awaits their seeding in the NCAA Tournament (With a loss, VT would grab a 9th seed and State a 2nd Seed…but hell, committee would probably hate them enough to push to 3rd).



Hokies came into the Tournament dropping only one game in their last eight. They wrapped up their regular season at 14-8 (8-8 ACC) to grab the #7 seed. Thursday they beat Miami 72-64 behind four players scoring in double digits.

Virginia Tech, cutting straight to the point, is a two-horse team. Center Elizabeth Kitley is averaging a double-double on the season with over 18 points and 10 rebounds. She has as many assists as fouls, and a steady number of blocks. She’s aggressive and will cause issues in the paint. In her two previous meetings against the Pack, she had a combined 47 points and 24 boards.

The other half of the duo is Guard Aisha Sheppard, the second leading scorer in the ACC. She was the biggest factor in previous matchups, lighting State up for a combined 52 points. But here’s the issue for the Hokies, she’s not 100%. Sheppard left VT’s second round game before the half and remained on the bench for the entirety of the game with an ankle injury. It sounds as though she was prepared to return, but with the comfortable lead, she stayed put.



Virginia Tech is a team that loves to get out early and then hold on. If Cunane and Hobby can at least slow Kitley down, they’ll have a great chance. If Sheppard truly isn’t a hundred percent, State needs to be active on defense and force her to become a distributor. It was literally a two-women team in their previous meetings, and they have a chance to trim that to one. Limiting runs made by VT, unlike in Syracuse last week, is the biggest key.

For State it’s simple, get some productivity from everyone on the floor early. State loves to start halves strong, and for this game, that will be huge. Would expect this game to flow well offensively and have double-digit scoring numbers for four Pack players. They need to be more aggressive on the boards than in previous games. Can’t have moments where they are out muscled.



We got a Guilford Derby today! State star Cunane (Northern Guilford) and VT star Kitley (NW Guilford) grew up 12 miles apart. Both lead their high schools to state championships, although difference classes. This will be the battle of the day, and should be exciting to watch.



Watch for us to be a homer this weekend…State is clicking on all cylinders and will be hungry to prove they’re the best again. While we’d hope they start fast, there will be some overthinking early, before settling down. It will be a solid game as the Pack wins 77-68.

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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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