Wolfpack Women Takedown Tarheels

The happiness that NC State sports generated this weekend was so surprising that it took a little bit for it all to sink in!

In addition to the Wolfpack’s big win over Wake Forest in the RBC on Saturday, NC State’s Baseball team set a record for runs in a series with a three game sweep of LaSalle (click here for story).

Not to be out done, we didn’t want to ignore Coach Kellie Harper’s huge win in her first visit to Chapel Hill this weekend. (At least one of our basketball programs can take advantage of Carolina’s problems this season).

From TheACC.com

Sophomore Bonae Holston scored a team-high 20 points to send NC State to an important 74-63 victory at North Carolina on Sunday afternoon at Carmichael Arena.

NC State (16-11, 6-6 ACC) won its third-straight game, and second this weekend, behind Holston’s game-high 20, 17 points from ACC Rookie of the Year candidate Marissa Kastanek, 15 from junior reserve Brittany Strachan and 10 from Amber White.

Cetera DeGraffenreid had a game-high 22 points to pace North Carolina (17-9, 5-7 ACC), who lost for the sixth time in the last seven games and is unranked for the first time since 2001. Italee Lucas added 15 points for the Tar Heels.

NC State went scoreless the opening 6:29 of the second half – allowing UNC to build a 44-37 lead. The Pack regained its footing on enemy territory after consecutive buckets by Holston and the team in red was down just three, 45-42, with just under 12 minutes to play.

The message board community already opened a thread on this topic yesterday and can be seen by clicking here. ‘Pack Howler’ summarized the current situation for the ladies as follows:

The women are currently tied for 5th in the conference at 6-6. The final two games against our closest competition (@ Wake, who we’re tied with, and GT, who is 4th) so they’ll have heavy impact on where we’ll finally rest. Either way, the team should over-achieve their preseason prediction of 9th.

A handful of narrow losses are the only thing that’s keeping the team from being a lock for the tournament. The 1-pt loss at #14 Georgetown and 3-pt loss at #10 FSU really hurt and leave us on the bubble (and on the “First Teams Out” list on ESPN’s prediction bracket). At the very least, they should get a Women’s NIT invite with a potentially high seed and home-field advantage.

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14 Responses to Wolfpack Women Takedown Tarheels

  1. PoppaJohn 02/22/2010 at 10:57 AM #

    “The happiness that NC State sports generated this weekend was so surprising that it took a little bit for it all to sink in!”

    Congratulations, the understatement of the week and it’s only Monday!

    Go Pack!!

  2. crackdog 02/22/2010 at 11:43 AM #

    On top of all of this, the Gymnastics team scored a narrow victory over #10 Nebraska and UNC.

    It’s been quite a while since State fans have had a lot to smile about, and its nice to see those smiles today. Go Pack!

  3. coach13 02/22/2010 at 12:47 PM #

    I think Harper and her Pack Women are really going to be a bright spot for Pack athletics. I got a bunch of my family members to go to a Lady Pack game earlier and they really enjoyed it. I am hedging on Harper’s success way berfore the Men’s team. The Lady Pack will be contenders in the next 2-3 years. Congrats!

  4. Mr. Wuf 02/22/2010 at 1:48 PM #

    Give Lee Fowler an extension!!

  5. STLPack01 02/22/2010 at 2:11 PM #

    Any idea why Russell Wilson is not starting and receiving very limited playing time? He only appeared as a picther yesterday in late inning mop up duty.

  6. StateFans 02/22/2010 at 2:47 PM #

    ESPN has the Lady Wolfpack projected as a #9 seed in their current Bracketology. That is good stuff.


  7. ncsukyle 02/22/2010 at 3:07 PM #

    Boosh and/or Ka-kow! Nice work lady wolfpack!

  8. DRW 02/22/2010 at 3:56 PM #

    But, I thought we weren’t supposed to be able to compete with Carolina and/or Dook.

    I also thought you had to wait for a coach to get ‘their’ players.

  9. xphoenix87 02/22/2010 at 4:45 PM #

    Even more amazing is that the team only has 3 real post players, 2 of whom (Lucy Ellison and Bonae Holston) are seriously undersized, and the third (Tia Bell) has missed the last 6 games with injury. Bell was averaging 23 MPG, 7.2 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.1 SPG and 1.2 BPG, and the team is 4-2 without her. That’s pretty amazing, given the lack of post depth the team had even with Bell.

    If you haven’t come to a women’s basketball game this year, you really should try to make it out for senior day. The game might mean the difference between NCAA and NIT, and Reynolds is really a difference maker when it’s packed.

  10. Pack78 02/22/2010 at 5:41 PM #

    Lest we forget that holes BB lost at BC to make the weekend virtually perfect-we could sneak out of the cellar! Wolfpack Women are cranking it up..

  11. PackHowler 02/22/2010 at 6:57 PM #

    A couple more notes: (this was also posted on the Forum entry)

    -Clips from the game are on [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbolCV9CSPM]YouTube[/url]. Note the cheers from the crowd throughout; a lot of State fans were in attendance.

    -RPI has steadily been climbing over the past week. One source (http://collegerpi.com/women/) has the team at 38, with the 19th hardest SOS.

    -Marissa Kastanek was named ACC Rookie of the Week. This is the third time she’s won the honor. From http://www.theACC.com:

    [quote]Kastanek led NC State to a pair of victories in a span of 43 hours this past weekend by averaging 17.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. [b]The newcomer shot a staggering 69.2 percent (9-of-13) from 3-point range and 52.4 percent (11-of-21) overall from the field.[/b] Kastanek opened the weekend with 17 points on the strength of five 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in a 73-62 win over Boston College on Friday. On Sunday, the Lincoln, Neb., native scored 17 points, with four more threes, tallied six rebounds and had a season-best five assists in a 74-63 win at North Carolina.

    The win over the Tar Heels marked NC State’s first victory in Chapel Hill since 2004 and the first for the Pack in seven tries. Last week’s pair of victories moved NC State from ninth to a tie for fifth in the ACC standings with one week left in the regular season.

    Kastanek ranks second among ACC freshmen in scoring at 11.0 points per game and has made a rookie-best 51 three-pointers in 27 contests played this season.[/quote]

  12. fullmoon1 02/22/2010 at 11:20 PM #

    A win over the holes is always good.

  13. Wolfy__79 02/22/2010 at 11:33 PM #

    congrats coach harper!

  14. RSP123 02/23/2010 at 8:12 AM #

    Having watched her team and the way they play for her is great to see. I know Coach Yow would be pleased and proud in the direction that she is taking the program. Get a great recruiting class and the sky is the limit for the Lady Wolfpack! Not to be a downer, but the only threat (in my mind) is that the Vols come calling when Summitt retires. Anyone know how long she plans on coaching and if she has other players/coaches in the game that would be in line for the Vols job?

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