Pack Women to Battle Tarheels for Title

NC State’s women continued their inspiring play on Saturday by knocking off previously unbeaten Duke in the semi-finals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. (Link to N&O article)

The Pack continues to play with emotion that no opponent has been able to match. Coach Yow’s week began with treatments for breast cancer. It could end with an improbable ACC title — her first since 1991.

The run could have a storybook conclusion as the Wolfpack will battle UNC-CH at 1pm for the ACC Championship. State hasn’t played for an ACC Championship since 2001 and hasn’t won an ACC Title since 1991.

One quick critcism about the N&O’s piece that read as follows:

Many of the 11,538 at the Greensboro Coliseum jumped on the Yow bandwagon — even the Carolina faithful sang the Pack fight song. N.C. State’s triumph ended Duke’s quest for a perfect season, but the real prize, a national title, could still go to Duke.

What the hell is that? Seriously. What relevance is the fact that Duke could still win the national title have to do with anything? At best, it’s a mis-placed over-statement of the obvious that reads like a student paper. When I read this I immediately thought that there is no way that this was written by one of the N&O’s real reporters. Very bad. Then I saw the by-line and saw “Rachel Carter.” Rest my case.

In situations like these, I think that your voice is heard with more credibility if you focus on the incompetence without necessarily attaching the claim of ‘bias’ to the complaint.

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23 Responses to Pack Women to Battle Tarheels for Title

  1. Dogbreath 03/04/2007 at 9:56 AM #

    I know how this story always ends. Carolina will spoil what otherwise would be an absolute treasure of a story. God, I hope I am wrong.

  2. PackGirl 03/04/2007 at 10:00 AM #

    I had the exact same reaction when I read that piece in the paper this morning. It was overly obvious statement that made no sense in the context of the article, which was about the Pack, not Duke. Who is Rachel Carter anyway?

  3. forst8 03/04/2007 at 10:23 AM #

    For those of you who may not have discovered women’s basketball, now is a good time to jump aboard. The pack women will bring tears to your eyes with their inspired play and all these teams in the ACC tourney are very good. The women have really made large leaps in their quality of play. In addition, the sportsmanship shown by these team is unbelievable. The true admiration shown by the coaches and players from UNC, Duke and Maryland for Kay Yow is beyond belief and for those of you who might not know it, Coach Yow and Coach Hatchell are very close friends who go back a long way.

    Watch the game today and enjoy something really special that is going on.

  4. branjawn 03/04/2007 at 11:30 AM #

    To let the N&O folks know:

    I sent in a complaint about that article, and it’s questionable objectivity. Did she graduate from Duke or something??

  5. StateFans 03/04/2007 at 11:34 AM #

    In situations like these, I think that your voice is heard with more credibility if you focus on the incompetence without necessarily attaching the claim of ‘bias’ to the complaint.

  6. Mr O 03/04/2007 at 12:34 PM #

    If the women do win, then this would be our 4th ACC title of the year. When is the last time we won four ACC championships?

  7. vtpackfan 03/04/2007 at 1:07 PM #

    Wrestling and Cross Country I know of, what else has the Pack won in ACC hardware this year?

  8. CaptainCraptacular 03/04/2007 at 1:21 PM #
  9. Mr O 03/04/2007 at 1:45 PM #

    Mens and women’s CC, right? Wrestling last night.

  10. vtpackfan 03/04/2007 at 2:16 PM #

    Sounds good to me. Hung in there the first half, after building a little cushion and then going cold offensively. This looks like it’s going right down to the wire with our rebounding and UNX’s defense playing real well at times. We can take this game and the ACC crown by better shot selection. Go Pack!

  11. wolfonthehill 03/04/2007 at 3:22 PM #

    It’s possible that the ladies were outplayed today, but we’ll never know. In the second half, the officiating was so flagrantly one-sided, we’ll never know who actually played better. There were countless examples where things were called differently on the two ends of the court – and in each case, I don’t have to tell you that the inconsistency didn’t favor the Pack.

    Great effort. Ran out of gas. In the NCAA’s, back to a “normal” playing schedule, I think this team could go deep. I honestly hope they put us in the same regional with uncch – next time, with even a couple days’ rest, we take them down. And I want to see that…

  12. TNCSU 03/04/2007 at 3:31 PM #

    I don’t know if the officiating was bias toward Carolina (though they did get the majority of calls) or just plain “incompetence.” I have to agree with the above statement — some of the calls were flagrantly “pitiful.” I know exactly which calls your were mentioning that happened back to back — charge on Wittington on one end, block on the Pack on the other. A couple of others were the phantom foul on the Carolina fast break at the end of the half. I just think the refs were just plain bad. A bad double dribble and traveling call — It was very bad — and very obvious, but Good luck to the Lady Wolfpack in the tourney.

  13. forst8 03/04/2007 at 3:48 PM #

    So, what else is new in the ACC. The officiating remains a national disgrace and everyone knows it.

  14. beowolf 03/04/2007 at 5:02 PM #

    NC State athletics as a whole ran out of storybook endings in 1983. Ever since then they’ve been Groundhog Day endings.

  15. CaptainCraptacular 03/04/2007 at 5:08 PM #

    *NC State athletics as a whole ran out of storybook endings in 1983. Ever since then they’ve been Groundhog Day endings.*

    There was a brief storybook ending in ’87. Don’t forget that most amazing of ACC tournaments. Overtime, Double Overtime, one point win against unbeaten (in conference) Carolina.

  16. OwenDorm83 03/04/2007 at 6:09 PM #

    My daughter and I went up to G’boro today. We played great D and owned the boards in the first half with few turnovers. Second half, D went south on us a bit and turnovers increased. That was the difference in the game.

    I sat near some UNC-Wal Mart fans. Couldn’t believe the whining about refs.

  17. doatesjr 03/04/2007 at 6:59 PM #


    You mean sort of like the whining in some of the earlier entries?

  18. tractor57 03/04/2007 at 11:49 PM #

    Personally, I didn’t think the refs calls made a huge impact in the overall game (obviously others here don’t agree with my view). The State team played well and so did UNX. I thought it was a great example of basketball.

  19. Skeet Hooter 03/05/2007 at 8:59 AM #

    Thought our ladies played very well. Turnovers and poor free-throw shooting killed the Pack in the second half. Here’s my rub with the media and the women’s team- Kay Yow and her cancer fight have certainly been an inspiration to the Pack. That all certainly needs to be recognized. But emotion can take you only so far. That adrenaline goes away after a few games. But didn’t State win something like 10 of their last 11 regular season games? Emotion isn’t going to win you that much. Sounds more like they’re a pretty damn good team. Why won’t someone in the media recognize that? After all, the Pack was the fourth seed team in the tournament, behind the #1, #4, and #6 ranked teams in the nation. Shoot, State was ranked #24. Seems to be a bit of a slight to the team to say that they ONLY did as well as they because Kay Yow inspired them. Again, Coach Yow’s story IS inspiring, but you’ve got to have some talent to be able to do what they’ve done.

  20. GoldenChain 03/05/2007 at 9:53 AM #

    I’d pay to see someone do a “Henderson” on Latta’s smart little mouth!

  21. Gene 03/05/2007 at 12:35 PM #

    Coach Yow is a good coach. Not having her on the sidelines for several games, during the season, probably cost us a few more wins. The women’s team is playing with a lot of emotion, since her return, but I’m sure having her making in-game adjustments makes a difference, too.

    behind the #1, #4, and #6 ranked teams in the nation.

    We were at that level about 10 years ago, with Erb and Melvin. The Women’s game would get such a huge boost if we this area featured three top 10 programs, instead of just two.

    With three very good women’s programs, all rivals, in such close proximity, the Triangle schools need to do something to promote these programs.

    Yow is in the Hall of Fame, Hatchell will be in shortly (just got in to the Women’s Hall of Fame, which I think is a formality before getting into the Naismith HoF), and Goestenkar’s (sp?) unless she stops coaching will be in the HoF, as well.

    You rarely see three quality programs compete with each other, like this, in any sport.

    This is a rare treate for sports fans and should be promoted.

  22. Packaholic1 03/06/2007 at 8:22 AM #

    Latta was dangerously close to being ejected.

    The NCAA defines “fighting” as:

    a) An attempt to strike an opponent with the arms, hands, legs or feet

    b) An attempt to punch or kick an opponent, regardless of whether contact is made

    c) An attempt to instigate a fight by committing an unsportsmanlike act toward an opponent that causes the opponent to retaliate by fighting.

  23. wolfscout21 03/06/2007 at 3:16 PM #

    WOW,im a wolfpack womens fanatic,but i am so sick of hearing about latta i don’t know what to do!in the end these other teams are just people. and outside of the basketball court latta is a women and if a women playing basketball with emotion makes a man mad those guys need to become baseball fans! basketball is played with emotion and expression its how we got the slam dunk!

    i swear every kid in basketball would love to have her resume’ and every coach that coaches would love to have her fire enthusiasm and leadership instilled in there point guard!latta is a winner and a player and every other player that plays this game will tell you the same! Grown men complaining about a girl and none of her peers are complaining only fans.

    i wonder why her coach does’nt make her stop doing all the things that everybody off the floor just can’t seem to deal with?

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