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The Bridgeport Location isn’t an Issue, It’s NCAA Marketing/Support Bias



It’s been a weird ten-day stretch for State Women’s Basketball team and fans. We would like to look ahead and talk how ridiculous a #1 seed can be a road underdog, but the Pack needed to take care of business first.

Well, now we’re here. And if you want to be angry, be angry at the NCAA’s inability to hide their biased views.


Bridgeport is Home to UCONN, Kinda

Just want to put NCAA rules out there to start. Current rules state, that a team can play tournament games in a venue as long as they have played no more than three home games in that venue during that season. It’s a little fuzzy on the women’s side, as the top-16 seeds host first and second rounds. But if UCONN had played in Bridgeport three times this year, it’d be an issue.

But they haven’t. Not even a single game.

The distance between Storrs, CT and Bridgeport is an hour and a half drive. So basically, imagine #2 seed State hosting #1 seed UCONN in Greensboro. Is there locational advantage? 100% But I also think that State fans would fight a little more for the “It’s not Raleigh, it’s not a true home game” viewpoint.


The Real Issue with the NCAA

Which brings us to the points that actually fire us up.

First, it’s well established that favoritism exists in the college world. It’s why we can’t watch live sports because Coach K’s last game has to run 680 times this calendar year. It’s why All-American and Coach of the Year Awards seemed skewed to a certain percentile of schools, and when State wins one, it’s due cause for major celebration.

The fact UCONN fell to #2 seed, but still finds a way to act as a #1, is just further proof that the NCAA is rigged for the big boys/girls.

Secondly, Fairfield University is right down the street in Bridgeport…but the banners in the arena show the regional is hosted by Fairfield AND UCONN. Why? Is it because they know more eyes will be on it? Does that even matter? The NCAA is just continually able to not read the room, it’s mind-boggling.

Third, STATE PLAYS A FREAKING MORNING GAME ON SATURDAY while UCONN rolls in at 2:30. How in the hell is that acceptable? How can the #1 seed and best up-and-coming program in the country get shafted by having to play a morning game? It’s the little details that NCAA conveniently forgets to take care of. Now, you could spinzone this and say, “If State wins, then you can put 1000% effort into scouting the next game, rather than focusing on your own business as a later game.” Regardless, I don’t like the time slot at all.


Moving Forward

At the end of the day, State needs to win. Once you get to the Sweet Sixteen, nothing is easy and you have to scratch and claw for every game. At this point, State has been burned by the NCAA far too often to be phased.

Should UCONN have been pushed elsewhere? Yeah. Should UCONN be the morning game? Absolutely. Should State get some kind of love from the NCAA at some point this century? Totally.

Let’s just win this damn thing and tell ’em to shove it.

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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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