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NC State Women’s Basketball Head Coach Wes Moore at the ACC Tipoff: BULLETED

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NC State Women’s Basketball Head Coach Wes Moore met with the media today at the ACC Tipoff. You can watch what he had to say above, or you can check out a BULLETED breakdown below.

  • We lost a lot of great talent and a lot of great experience, players that have been in our program for 5 years, 4 years, things like that.
    • Now, it’s a fresh start. That’s what college sports are about. They graduate. They move on, and now you’ve got to start all over.
  • Luckily, we have some veterans with some great experience.
    • Jakia Brown-Turner has been an All-ACC player.
    • Diamond Johnson has been Sixth Player of the Year in the ACC.
    • We also have Jada Boyd and Camille Hobby.
    • We’ve got a nucleus of experience that have been there and been through the battle and know what it’s about, know our culture, know our system.
  • Then, we added a few out of the portal.
    • Some people complain about the portal. Right now, I kind of like the portal. You got to flow with it, y’all. You got to flow with it.
    • Now, we’ve got to get all that talent to mesh together and become a great team, so that’s what we’ll be working on the next few months.
    • They’ll be saying, “Practice? Practice? We’re talking about practice?” Yeah, we’ve got to practice if we’re going to get better. So that’s what we’re doing.
  • We had some holes to fill.
    • We’re very fortunate these young ladies worked out.
    • Mimi Collins is someone we recruited out of high school and knew very well.
      • Obviously coming from Maryland most recently, we had actually played against them.
      • We’re very familiar with her game.
    • River Baldwin is someone that committed pretty early out of high school, so we didn’t get real deep into recruiting with her, but she was playing in the ACC, so we had a chance to watch her game grow as well.
    • Saniya Rivers was someone we recruited really hard out of Wilmington, North Carolina: Gatorade, USA Today, National Player of the Year, great talent.
    • So we added some really good players. But like I said, now you’ve got to become a team.
    • These players are going to have to step up and maybe take on roles that they haven’t had in the past as far as leadership.
    • I want them to be like assistant coaches on the court, and sometimes they probably want to be the head coach on the court, but I’d just settle for assistant coach would be nice.
    • Then, we’ve got to make all that mesh together, and it’s a challenge, but it’s what we do.
    • It’s what keeps me so young looking, you know, is getting a fresh start every year.
  • Ashley [Williams] is someone who was a real overachiever [new assistant coach this year]. When I took the job at NC State, she had already agreed to walk on.
    • She had some Division I offers, but she really wanted to go to NC State.
    • She walked on at NC State, and by her junior year, she’s starting.
    • Her senior year, she was like top I think fourth in the ACC in 3-point shooting at 44 percent, and she just made herself a really good player.
    • Then, I had the opportunity to see her at Indiana University, a program that I have a lot of respect for, a head coach that I have respect for, and I was able to see the job she did there, hear the reports.
      • She was a grad assistant there for 2 years, left for a year to go to another school in Furman, and then Indiana hired her right back as a full-time assistant. That’s saying a lot.
    • I think Ashley’s got a chance to be a really good head coach someday, but she also loves NC State.
      • She also can tell our story. She’s been in our program. She’s played at NC State. She played for me.
      • So I think that really helps in recruiting when she’s kind of able to relate to these players and tell them, hey, this is what he expects. This is what we expect at NC State.
      • So definitely been a great addition having her around.
    • She does a really good job working with our guards. And she’ll work. She will work. She had a 3.9 in engineering at NC State, so she’s also really smart. So, you know, it’s a win-win.
  • Nikki West has been with me 20 years.
    • She’s been offered a lot more money at times and turned them down without even telling me, and then I go to my AD and say, okay, we need to match what she was offered. I just love her.
  • Then Brittany Morris was a grad assistant for us, and, again, somebody that’s just a great person, knows the game.
  • I couldn’t be prouder of Diamond [Johnson].
    • She had a phenomenal freshman year, and then she came here where we kind of had everyone back from a pretty good team, and she accepted a role coming in.
      • I said, we have 6 starters, you know.
      • But Diamond, people said, she gives you a spark. And I said, no, she gives us a bonfire when she comes in.
      • Well, now she’s going to have to do that from the tip.
    • But it just says a lot about her. People wondered how she’d fit in in that situation.
      • Diamond made it easy because she put the team 1st, and she said, hey, I’ll adjust, and I’ll be great.
      • We knew she was going to play a lot anyway. So really proud of her and how she handled that as well.

Matthew is Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He writes for all sports, with a focus on football and recruiting, and is in charge of business strategy. He is an NC State alum who majored in business. Matthew is also the lead pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: NC State Moves Up to #15 After Win Over Notre Dame

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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.

(ESPN)

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

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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

(SN)

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

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#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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Women’s Basketball: NC State Falls to #20 After Falling Twice Last Week

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The NC State Women’s Basketball team fell to #20 in the AP Poll after falling twice last week on the road, losing to FSU 72-91, and UNC 47-56. The Wolfpack have lost 3 of the last 4, and 4 of the last 6.

ACC Teams in the AP Poll

7. Notre Dame

12. Virginia Tech

13. Duke

17. UNC

20. NC State

30. Miami

30. Florida State

34. Louisville

The Wolfpack will host Miami on Thursday night at 6pm on ACC Network.

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