NC State Women’s Hoops Visits Virginia on Sunday at 2 pm
Wolfpack seeks first ACC win against Cavaliers
Game #17: NC State (8-8, 0-4 ACC) at Virginia (10-5, 2-2 ACC)
Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 • 2 p.m. ET
Charlottesville, Va. • John Paul Jones Arena
Radio: 88.1 FM WKNC
Radio Crew: Patrick Kinas and Paige Woodard
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. Jan. 12, 2013 – For the first time in three seasons, the NC State women’s basketball team will play at Virginia. The matchup is scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m., from John Paul Jones Arena.
You have to go all the way back to head coach Kellie Harper’s first season with the Wolfpack in 2009-10 when the Pack played at JPJA. That night No. 21 Virginia held its ground at home for a 73-60 victory. NC State did get its revenge later that season by knocking off the Cavaliers in the ACC quarterfinals.
NC State once again gave a valiant effort on Thursday against No. 11 North Carolina, falling 70-66 in Reynolds. Marissa Kastanek led all scorers with 20 points on 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc. In the process, she became the 22nd player in ACC history to make 200 career three-pointers, and currently sits tied for 20th all-time with 202.
Kody Burke scored in double figures for the seventh-consecutive game with 17 points. Myisha Goodwin-Coleman tossed in 13 points and dished out five assists, while Markeisha Gatling added 10 points and was one rebound shy of a double-double with nine caroms.
The Wolfpack led by 10 points early in the second half, before UNC answered back to tie the game at 45-all around the 12 minute mark. The game would remain tight for the remainder of the second half, with ties on three separate occasions – the last at 58-58 with 2:48 left in the game.
After a layup by NC State redshirt sophomore Len’Nique Brown and two more clutch free-throws from UNC, a three-pointer by Kastanek with 17.7 seconds left cut North Carolina’s lead to just two at 68-66.
Brittany Rountree would miss the front end of the ensuing one-and-one, and NC State was able to gather the rebound, but the outlet pass was thrown away giving the ball back to UNC. Rountree would seal the Wolfpack’s fate by connecting on two final free throws to put the Tar Heels up 70-66.
Virginia is the only ACC school to own a winning record over the Wolfpack, including an 18-12 mark on its home court. The Cavaliers are coming off a 62-51 victory at Georgia Tech on Thursday. Virginia had three players score in double figures and two with double-digit rebounds. Telia McCall had her second career double-double, scoring a career-high 18 points with 10 rebounds. Kelsey Wolfe scored 17 points, and Ataira Franklin, the team’s leading scorer, put up 16 points with five assists and three steals. Simone Egwu had 15 rebounds with three blocked shots.
The Pack faces Maryland on Thursday at 8:30 p.m., on the Regional Sports Network and ESPN3.
Wolfpack Fastbreak Points…
• NC State is 12-18 all-time at Virginia; 0-2 at John Paul Jones Arena
- First game in Charlottesville since a 73-60 loss on Jan. 27, 2010
• State has played in an ACC-leading five games decided by 5 points or less (2-3 record)
• State is 2nd in ACC with 85 3PT FGs this season; 4th in 3FG% (34.3)
• The Pack has shot 50.0% or better in five games this season. Only happened once in 2011-12
• Kody Burke is only player in ACC in top-10 in scoring (7th), rebounds (10th) and blocks (3rd)
• Burke ranks T16 in ACC history with a school record 1.7 blocks per game career avg.
• Burke has made 103 FGs this season; 2nd only to Tianna Hawkins (115) in the ACC
• Marissa Kastanek ranks T20 in ACC history with 202 career three-point FGs
• Marissa Kastanek is one of 30 players nominated for Senior CLASS Award
• The 102 points scored against Longwood is the most in the ACC this season
• State was the only D1 WBB team to have two 2012 Academic All-Americans
- Marissa Kastanek (second team) and Kody Burke (third team)