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Top of the Key: WBB vs. N.C. State

The Gamecocks face the N.C. State Wolfpack Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Colonial Life Arena. The game will be televised on SportSouth. Listen live on 1320 AM in the Columbia area.

South Carolina (4-3) Notes

  • Four Gamecocks are averaging double figures – Valerie Nainima 17.0, Kelsey Bone 16.3, Charenee Stephens 10.8 and La’Keisha Sutton 10.6
  • Stephens will miss her second straight game with a left-knee sprain.
  • The Gamecocks defeated the Wolfpack last season on a buzzer-beating layup by Demetress Adams.
  • Point guard Samone Kennedy had a career-high seven steals in the team’s last game.
  • South Carolina is looking to improve to 3-0 on live television this season.
  • This is the second of four games this season against ACC foes. Sunday’s game opens a 3-game stretch against ACC competition.

N.C. State (6-3) Notes

  • The Wolfpack have won five straight games in Columbia.
  • N.C. State’s three losses have come to teams with a combined record of 23-4.
  • N.C. State has held 104 of its last 108 opponents to less than 50% shooting.
  • Wolfpack leads the ACC in free throw shooting at 72.9 percent.
  • Freshman Marissa Kastanek is the team’s leading scorer at 12.1 points per game. Sophomore Bonae Holston averages 11.2 per game.
  • Juniors Tia Bell and Brittany Strachan are averaging 8.2 and 7.4 points off the bench, respectively.

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WBB Non-Conference: N.C. State

NC State

Who: N.C. State Wolfpack

When: December 13th, 2 p.m.

Where: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, SC

  • The Wolfpack finished last year with a 13-17 record and a 5-9 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference action. The losing record was just the fifth losing campaign since the program began in 1974.
  • First year head coach Kellie Harper is at the helm after N.C. State’s legendary coach Kay Yow passed away last spring.
  • The Wolfpack return 11 of 12 players from last season, including four seniors. Leading scorer Shayla Fields (17.4 ppg) is gone, but Sharnise Beal (11.5 ppg) and Nikitta Gartrell (10.9 ppg) lead returning players in scoring.
  • Sophomore Bonae Holston was the ACC’s Sixth Player of the Year last season.
  • The N.C. State program has had 22, 20-win season and has reached the NCAA Tournament 20 times.

Season tickets for South Carolina women’s basketball season tickets are on sale now at the South Carolina Athletics Ticket Office. Visit GamecocksOnline.com or call 800-4SC-FANS. A reserved season ticket is priced at $50. You can also purchase a pack of four general admission season tickets for just $100.

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The 411 on the N.C. State Wolfpack

What to know about North Carolina State University… Located in Raleigh, N.C., North Carolina State University is the state’s largest university with over 30,000 students.  The principal technological school in North Carolina, NCSU was started in 1887 as a land-grant institution.  The school’s historical strengths have been in agriculture, design, engineering and textiles. 

Why are they the “Wolfpack?” The name was adopted in 1922 when a disgruntled fan described the behavior of the student body at athletic events as being “like a wolf pack.” Prior to the adoption of the current nickname, NC State athletic teams went by such names as the Aggies, the Techs, and the Red Terrors.

They play their games in…Carter-Finley Stadium with a capacity of 57,583.  Located off-campus next to the RBC Center (home to the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes and the N.C. State men’s basketball team), Carter-Finley Stadium has undergone a series of renovations over the last decade.  The university began its renovations in 2001 by adding seats in the southern endzone and building the Murphy Center (home for the Wolfpack football program).  Following the 2004-2005 football season, Vaughn Towers, a complex of luxury boxes, club seats, and media facilities was built at Carter-Finley. For the 2006 season, a new north end zone grandstand has been added.

Who is their mascot? Roaming the sidelines representing the Wolfpack are Mr. and Mrs. Wuf:

Who is the head coach? The Wolfpack are coached by Tom O’Brien, who is starting his third season in charge.  His overall record at N.C. State is 11-14 and his career record is 86-59.

What you need to know about this year’s team: An excerpt from Wolfpack preview on the ACC’s “Road To Tampa Bay” site:

The Wolfpack and their faithful have a lot to look forward to this season. Two non-conference opponents from two power conferences, along with a challenging ACC schedule should make this season a very memorable one. An eight or nine win season is certainly a possibility; as is a trip to Tampa Bay. If N.C. State can stay healthy and remain fundamentally sound, it should be as Coach O’ Brien said, “a much more competitive football team.”

The Wolfpack expect to be the strongest on offense, with first-team All-ACC quarterback Russell Wilson leading the attack.

The last time they played the Gamecocks…was last year to open the 2008 season.  The Gamecocks scored 21 points in the 4th quarter to pick up the win 34-0.

Series Record: 26-26-4.

You might recognize these guys…Jerricho Cotchery, Bill Cowher, Roman Gabriel, Torry Holt, Philip Rivers and Mario Williams all played for N.C. State before moving to the NFL.

Football Fashion:

Wolfpack news from the hometown paper:

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Cocks Crow: N.C. State White-out, DiMarco, Preview

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The Closer: SEC Gridiron LIVE, Demetra and N.C. State Tix

  • Fox Sports South is launching a new weekly SEC football show called SEC Gridiron LIVE. The show will air on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET and will debut on September 2nd.  Since we’re fans of social media, be sure to check out their Twitter and Facebook page for the show.  The show will incorporate elements of social media into the program, including reading fans’ tweets and showing photos posted to their Facebook page.  Make sure the Gamecocks are represented well!
  • Andy Demetra was named the new radio voice for men’s basketball and baseball.  Demetra was the former voice for women’s basketball at South Carolina.  He also received the 2005 and 2006 South Carolina Broadcasters Association Radio Sportscaster of the Year award.
  • Received some info from the ticket office today – the N.C. State football game is completely sold out.  Our ticket office as well as the Wolfpack ticket office does not have any more tickets.  Should be a great crowd next Thursday night.

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