ATLANTA – NC State women’s basketball head coach Wes Moore earned well-deserved national recognition as the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) named him its 2021 United States Marine Corps/WBCA NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year.
It marks Moore’s first time winning the award, which was decided on in a vote from his colleagues across the country. He will receive the Pat Summitt Trophy, named for the late legendary Tennessee coach and awarded annually to the national coaches of the year in each of the WBCA’s six membership divisions.
While his Wolfpack squads have consistently achieved at a level of excellence in his eight seasons at the helm, Moore has led his 2020-21 squad to a multitude of firsts in what continues to be a historic campaign for NC State women’s basketball.
“Respected and well-liked by his peers, Wes is a winner,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle M. Donehew. “He was a college basketball player and has continued his love of the game through coaching. He has won at every NCAA level throughout his very successful career. He is a talented teacher who pushes his student-athletes to realize their full potential in basketball, the classroom and life. Wes was chosen for this honor after leading his team to an exceptional season. The WBCA recognizes and applauds his leadership example that can be seen in his student-athletes, institution and community.”
Moore most recently guided his Wolfpack squad to back-to-back ACC Tournament titles, marking the program’s first time winning consecutive titles at the conference championship.
His team, which has compiled a 22-2 overall record, earned a No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament and just punched a ticket to its third consecutive Sweet 16. This season marks the first No. 1 seed for NC State in its 26 NCAA Tournament appearances.
Moore was named ACC Coach of the Year in a vote by his peers after putting together an incredible regular season. He authored two victories over the nation’s top-ranked teams, making his squad the first program in the last 20 years to earn two AP No. 1 wins on the road in a single season. Moore also helped his team compile a perfect 11-0 record inside Reynolds Coliseum, joining the 1977-78 squad as the only Wolfpack teams to end their years unbeaten at home.
His team has spent every week of the season ranked in the national top 10 and the last 13 weeks in the top five. Recently, NC State checked in at No. 3 in the final Associated Press Top 25, tying with the 1977-78 squad as the best final AP ranking in program history.
Moore has compiled a 190-64 (.748) record while serving as the leader of the Pack. He owns 748 career wins, which ranks eighth among active NCAA Division I women’s basketball coaches.
Under Moore’s leadership, the Pack has put together six consecutive 20+ win seasons, earned three-straight AP Top 10 finishes and qualified for five overall and four-straight NCAA Tournaments.
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Women’s Basketball: #12 NC State 94 #10 Iowa 81: HIGHLIGHT REEL
The 12th ranked NC State Women’s Basketball team (7-1) beat #10 Iowa on the road in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge last night, defeating the Hawkeyes 94-81, proving they belong in the Top-10. You can check out the Box Score here. Highlights are below.
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Women’s Basketball: #12 NC State 94 #10 Iowa 81: BOX SCORE
The 12th ranked NC State Women’s Basketball team (7-1) beat #10 Iowa on the road in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge last night, defeating the Hawkeyes 94-81, despite Caitlin Clark’s 45 points.
Junior Point Guard Diamond Johnson continues to be amazing, scoring a season high 22 points and a season high 9 rebounds, along with 4 assists. Johnson shredded the nets, shooting 8 of 12 from the field and 2 of 3 from deep. On the year, Johnson is shooting an insane 50.6% from the field and 53.5% from three.
Sophomore Guard Saniya Rivers had a breakout performance, scoring a career high 22 points, and had a team high 5 assists and a team high 4 steals. Rivers like Johnson, was on, fire, shooting 9 of 11 from the field and 3 of 4 from three point land.
Senior Guard Jakia Brown-Turner had 17 points, Senior Forward Jada Boyd had 12 and Senior Center Camille Hobby had 10. Both Boyd and Hobby also chipped in 6 rebounds each.
Below is the BOX SCORE.
The Wolfpack will remain on the road, playing at Georgia on Monday at 8pm.
Women’s Basketball: NC State Moves Up 1 Spot to #12 in Week 4 AP Poll
After beating Vanderbilt and West Virginia in the Cancun Challenge last week, the NC State Women’s Basketball team moved up 1 spot to #12 in the Week 4 AP Poll.
ACC Teams in the Week 4 AP Poll
6. UNC (+2)
7. Notre Dame (-)
9. Virginia Tech (+2)
12. NC State (+1)
18. Louisville (-8)
32. Duke (-1)
32. Virginia (NR)
The Wolfpack will face #10 Iowa in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Thursday night at 8:30pm on ESPN2.