In probably the easiest prediction in the world, the women’s basketball team will open as a top-5 ranked team nationally. ACC predictions will be released soon, but the early assumption is the conference will be a two horse race again between State and Louisville.
Not only did Moore go out and find stud players, but he has them with three years of eligibility remaining… which is CRAZY.
Madison Hayes was the first pickup. SEC All-Freshman team, the 6-foot guard played significant minutes for Miss State. Formerly the #7 Guard in ESPNs 2020 class, she averaged close to 5 pts, 5 rebs and 1 ast a game. While the numbers don’t jump off the page, her speed and toughness allowed her to excel on the defensive side. Think of her as a taller, younger version of Crutchfield.
Diamond Johnson was the other major transfer for State. B10 All-Freshman team and 2nd Team All-B10, Johnson was a force for Rutgers last season. Averaging nearly 18 points and 4 rebounds, she left high school as the 6th best recruit in the Nation. Moore feel in love with her ability to push the ball and stretch defenses. Think of her as a score-first Perez.
Both made All-Freshman teams in solid, Power 5 conferences. They both were highly ranked out of high school and succeeded at the college level. Both will be with State for years and allow for perfect transitioning out of current seniors.
Moore hit a gold mine with these two.
Projected Starting Lineup
Two big additions to an already loaded starting lineup that could look like this in about a month;
Perez | Johnson | Brown-Turner | Boyd | Cunane
Perez the cool handed guard that gained more and more confidence throughout the year to take charge offensively. Johnson could start the season on the bench for Crutchfield, but her skills are enormous. Wouldn’t mind seeing Crutchfield actually have a bench role, coming in for big time defensive sparks. Brown-Turner has elevated her game both collegiately and for the national team. Would love to see her consistently get double-double range. Boyd will be a starter this year. Take what she did in lesser minutes to full games and she could have an absolutely amazing breakout season. Then Cunane, the queen of the court, you know what she’s capable of.
Oh and their coach? Only the reigning National Coach of the Year.
Get ready WPN…this could finally be the year.
Women’s Basketball: #10 NC State 96 Charlotte 48: ACCDN Highlight Reel & Condensed Game
Women’s Basketball: #10 NC State 96 Charlotte 48: BOX SCORE
The 10th ranked NC State Women’s Basketball team improved to 4-0 tonight, defeating Charlotte 96-48.
The Wolfpack had 5 players score in double figures.
Junior Guard Madison Hayes scored a career high 15 points. She shot an incredible 6 of 7 from the field, and 3 of 4 from three. She also chipped in 6 rebounds (2nd on team) and 2 blocks.
Senior Forward Jada Boyd tied Hayes with 15 points of her own. Boyd was an incredible 6 of 9 from the field, and also snagged 6 boards.
Senior Guard Jakia Brown-Turner had a season high 13 points, shooting an efficient 6 of 8 from the field, and 1 of 2 from beyond the arc. She also had 2 blocks.
Junior Point Guard Diamond Johnson scored 11 points, shooting 4 of 6 from the field, and was 3 of 4 from deep. Johnson also tied for a team high 4 assists. Johnson is an incredible 10 of 15 from 3-point land through 4 games.
Senior Center River Baldwin scored double figures for the first time as a member of the Wolfpack, scoring 6 points (4-5 FG), and pulled down a team high 7 rebounds.
The Wolfpack will travel to Connecticut this weekend to play #5 UCONN at 1pm on Sunday.
NC State Women’s Basketball Team Stays Put at #10 in Week 2 AP Poll
After going 2-0 in the the first week of the season, the NC State Women’s Basketball team stayed put at #10 in the Week 2 AP Poll.
ACC Teams in the Preseason Top-25
6) Louisville (+1)
9) Notre Dame
10) NC State
13) UNC (-1)
14) Virginia Tech (-1)
Last year, the Wolfpack finished the year 3rd in the AP Poll, which tied the best finish in school history.
Women’s Basketball: #10 NC State 86 Mount St. Mary’s 38: ACCDN Highlight Reel & Condensed Game
The 10th ranked NC State Women’s Basketball team defeated Mount St. Mary’s 86-38 yesterday, improving to 3-0. You can check out the box score here, and watch the ACC Digital Network’s Highlight Reel and Condensed Game below.