OUR TAKE: NC State WBB Win with Full Game Highlights
Sunday afternoon, State played their first game ever as a #1 Seed. After a slow start, they were off and running to a 79-58 win against NC A&T. Above are highlights from the game, below our takes.
Don’t Worry about the Slow Start
Twitter was in a mini panic after the first quarter.
Two weeks between games, especially with the importance of the NCAAT, is brutal. State has literally been sitting in their hotel playing card games, while attempting to get practices in to stay game-ready.
“Well NC A&T was in the same boat, so what’s up?”
NC A&T’s game is built 100% around their defense. If you watch those first 12 or so minutes, they were playing the best they’ve ever played. Sliding to support, being overly aggressive in the paint, the bounce in their step was incredible. This was a team who’s opponent’s high for the season was 66 (State hit that mark with basically a quarter to go).
Would argue, that the “easiest” thing to get up to speed is your defensive, especially if that’s your strong suit. Doesn’t hurt, when your offense is hitting at a 63% pace for much of the first half. As the game went on and State settled down, they were able to wear out NC A&T while providing their own defensive pressure (NC A&T returned to Earth, shooting about 25% in the second half).
From here on out, State will play better competition, but I’ll bet that ten-minute span of perfect NC A&T play will be a good barometer. State weathered the storm and still lead at the half.
One of the key components to long-term success, is making sure everyone gets reps. Boy did they ever. Cunane and Brown-Turner played roughly a half of basketball (24 minutes a piece). Even Perez saw the bench for a full quarter. To be able to get 13 minutes out of Hobby, 14 out of Bryant and just about everyone else for at least four, is HUGE.
Now we have to mention Kayla Jones. Her 12 minutes were not on time restrictions, but injury. With our Doctorates from Couch University, it looked like a sprain and nothing serious (at least that’s what we’re praying for). She’ll get an MRI today for further analysis.
With that, Boyd showed why she’s Sixth Player of the Year. Jones goes down and Boyd went off for 18 points, 5 rebounds and a pair of steals. This will sound harsh, but if a player from the starting five had to miss time, Jones might be the person. Luckily, your best player outside those five, slides into the rotation perfectly.
A side note on the bench players. While yes, Boyd went off, the bench shot 55% from the floor and 7-8 from the FT line. Regardless who was on the floor in the second half, State’s lead never dipped and they remained solid in all aspects of their game.
Moving On to Second Round
On Tuesday, State will play AAC Champion, South Florida. Which, if you want to talk about showing a little rust/nerves, the Bulls did in their opening game against Washington State. We’ll preview that matchup in-depth later, but South Florida will give up a big run or two to the Pack.
If you’re Wes Moore, you aren’t necessarily happy with the start. Can only blame rust on this game, so a much strong start will be needed next game. But this team, since the UNC loss, isn’t about winning big. They’re just about winning.
Close games, blowouts, the same calmness is felt and seen through it all. If we can go 8 deep heading into future rounds, we’ll be in a great position to win.
State faces #8 seed South Florida, Tuesday at 3pm on ESPN2.
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.
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
13. Virginia Tech
15. NC State
The Wolfpack’s next game will be on Thursday night on the road at Georgia Tech at 8pm on ACC Network.
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.
|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|
|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)
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.
As long as she keeps working, @PackWomensBball Saniya Rivers ( @Ihoop___22 ) is going to be a really fun @wnba player to cover in a few years.
(Until then, I’ll enjoy watching her, @haileyvanlith , NC State & @LouisvilleWBB on ABC Sunday at 1pm et.)
— Rebecca Lobo (@RebeccaLobo) January 19, 2023
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.