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Cunane Heads to WNBA – What Happens to Next Year’s Starting Five for NC State?

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Three months ago, Big Ickey announced he was entering the NFL draft to potentially go in the first five picks. Wednesday afternoon, his female counterpart made the same statement (via Instagram) with a similar draft projection.

Solid chance Cunane will go top-five, with many projections having her heading to the Big Apple…Just like Ickey…

 

What A Career

I mean what can you say about Cunane that doesn’t seem like you’re gloating?

Multiple;

-All-American
-All-ACC Season and Tournament
-Lisa Leslie Finalist
-Wooden Award Finalist
-Naismith Semifinalist
-State Records
-Beast Mode

She was the face of the program, especially these last two seasons. Humble, smiling, always going forward with max effort. A North Carolina kid that put NC State back on the basketball map. Now she’ll get rewarded with a top pick to go pro. Can’t wait to see her transition to an even bigger stage (especially if New York is in play).

 

Where Does State Turn to Inside?

Lots of folks think that State’s dominance in the ACC is over. Yes, big pieces are no longer part of this team, but the core is still very much strong.

Brown-Turner stays in starting five and could make a legit run at ACC Player of the Year if she can go a step or two up in her game
Jones -> Boyd
Perez -> Johnson
Crutchfield -> James/Hayes (James has the inside track)

Frankly, yes, there will be a learning curve, but the drop-off isn’t there. However, Cunane’s position inside slips a bit. Hobby and Hart can play minutes and take some of that burden, but here is where Wes Moore is going to be active in the transfer game. Wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if his transfer board just had two big circles around a true Center and another Forward with size.

One name to watch? Notre Dame’s Sam Brunelle. 6′ 2″ Forward from Virginia that State was interested in a couple years back. She’ll bring a load of awards and the potential to play closer to home. Would be a massive get for Moore and company. We’ll even throw this one out there too, Ra Shaya Kyle of Purdue. 6′ 6″ Center that entered the transfer portal and is a beast on the boards with solid blocking ability. Add two pieces like that? State is back in business

In short, Moore has options and after last year’s haul of Hayes and Johnson, he can sell the chance to be part of something special. Cunane will be the hardest to replace though, no doubt about it.

 

The 2022 WNBA Draft is April 11th.

 

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Women’s Basketball: #8 NC State 65 Georgia 54: BOX SCORE

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#8 NC State went down to Georgia tonight and came back with a 65-54 victory.

Senior Forward Mimi Collins scored a season-high 19 points (6-10 FG) and grabbed a season-high 8 rebounds, which were both team highs for the Wolfpack tonight.

The only other player in double figures for NC State tonight was Senior Center Camille Hobby (5-10 FG).

Junior Point Guard Diamond Johnson had a poor shooting night for a change (2-11 FG), but she did lead the team with 5 assists.

Sometimes you have to win the ugly ones. NC State managed to win a game in which they shot 33.9% from the field. That doesn’t happen too often, but it does when you hold your opponent to 31.7% shooting and force them to commit 19 turnovers.

The Wolfpack are now 8-1 and will play USF at home on Sunday at 2pm.

Below is the Box Score.

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Women’s Basketball: NC State Moves Up 4 Spots to #8 in Week 5 AP Poll

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After beating #10 Iowa last week on the road, the NC State Women’s Basketball team is back in the Top-10, moving up 4 spots to #8 in the Week 5 AP Poll. Ironically, they are tied for 8th place with UNC.

ACC Teams in the Week 5 AP Poll

 

5. Notre Dame
7. Virginia Tech
8. NC State
8. UNC
28. Louisville
31. Miami
33. Virginia
34. Duke
35. FSU

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Women’s Basketball: #12 NC State 94 #10 Iowa 81: HIGHLIGHT REEL

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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

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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.

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