A day after being nationally ranked 5th, State women’s basketball added onto the hype train with a handful ACC preseason honors.
NC State Picked to Finish First
This is a big deal, because while they’ve won the conference the last two seasons, Louisville and Notre Dame have claimed the top spot in recent memory. And the votes weren’t close.
State took home 89% of first place votes, between media and head coaches. Does this mean they automatically win the ACC? No, but at least they’ve cracked through another level of media and national perception.
Cunane Preseason Player of the Year
After a year of getting national accolades from the AP, ESPN and USBWA, Cunane adds to the collection with a Preseason Player of the Year award. What’s scary for the ACC, and nation for that matter, is Cunane actually had the slightest of dips in rebounding performance last year. She could find herself in the season-long double-double conversation if she get into a defensive groove. 17 points, 10 rebs, 2 ast performer? Oh my…
Brown-Turner and Johnson Also Rewarded
Brown-Turner made both media and head coaches Preseason All-ACC Team. The junior added four points and two rebounds to her game average, and that should only continue to go up. Her run from February through end of season was fantastic.
Diamond Johnson, the recent transfer from Rutgers, was named to both media and head coaches Newcomer Watch List. Johnson was Big Ten All-Freshman and Second Team All-B10 last season. Through 19 games, she started 15 as a true freshman, averaging an unreal 17.6 points, 4.3 rebs and 2.5 in both assists and steals. Did we mention this team has weapons?
State opens their season on November 3rd versus UNC-Pembroke before a monster meeting with South Carolina on November 9th.
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.