Recency Bias Be Damned, Raina Perez is the Greatest NC State Transfer Ever
We know, we know, “How convenient that NOW (36 hours removed from “the steal”) that you would claim this.”
Well folks, because regardless of recency bias, it’s a fact; Raina Perez is the greatest transfer in NC State athletics’ history.
Short Time, Lasting Impact
Here’s the first thing that is kind of sneaky crazy; Perez has only be at State for two seasons. Think about the number of times that you’ve seen her make shots, give 1000% effort on defense, or showed that golden smile into a camera. It feels like she’s been in Raleigh for her entire career. Would even bet there’s some underclassmen that think she’s always been at State.
Finalist for National Point Guard of the Year, multiple All-ACC nods, and program record for assists in game. Short time, lasting impact.
Just from the simple fact that she’s come in and immediately entrenched herself in the program gives her bonus points. Sure, she’ll always love her Cal State-Fullerton days, but she’ll ALWAYS be welcomed back to Reynolds.
History Making Plays
This is where the argument goes next level. Each year, thousands upon thousands of student athletes go through the grind of their seasons.
But how many “Forever Highlight Reel Inclusions” are made? Furthermore, how many of those moments happen in Conference or NCAA Tournaments a year (i.e. on the biggest stage(s))? Maybe three dozen? It’s not an everyday or frequent occurrence.
Yet Perez has at least TWO of these “OMG, did you see that?!” situations.
The game winner against Louisville for the ACC Championship last year, forever would keep her name in State fans minds until the end of time. In was cold-blooded and allowed State to become the #1 seed in the NCAAT for the first time ever.
Then a year later, in a game which State had a 95% chance to lose, she did it again. The steal was a thing of beauty. Crazier still, the 5′ 4″ guard got the subsequent REBOUND and knocked down two free throws to seal the game. For just the second time in program history, State WBB is in the Elite Eight. The steal, the rebound, the free throws, the curse being broken…build the statue already.
From Here on Out
Maybe State continues onto the Final Four. Maybe, just maybe, Perez somehow has one more trick up her sleeve for a program who has never had this much postseason success.
There are plenty of transfers that have stepped foot on campus and done big things. But there is no doubt, Perez is the tallest of them all.
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.
That first video. Wow! The way she created space was amazing!!!