NC State Wolfpack women's basketball

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NC State Wolfpack Women's Basketball
2023–24 NC State Wolfpack women's basketball team
UniversityNorth Carolina State University
All-time record947–472 (.667)
Head coachWes Moore (11th season)
ConferenceACC
LocationRaleigh, North Carolina
ArenaReynolds Coliseum
(Capacity: 5,500)
NicknameWolfpack Women
ColorsRed and white[1]
   
Uniforms
Home jersey
Team colours
Home
Away jersey
Team colours
Away


NCAA tournament Final Four
1998
NCAA tournament Elite Eight
1998, 2022
NCAA tournament Sweet Sixteen
1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2007, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022
NCAA tournament second round
1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022
NCAA tournament appearances
1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023
AIAW tournament Elite Eight
1978
AIAW tournament Sweet Sixteen
1978, 1980, 1981
AIAW tournament appearances
1978, 1980, 1981
Conference tournament champions
1980, 1985, 1987, 1991, 2020, 2021, 2022
Conference regular season champions
1978, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1990, 2022

The NC State Wolfpack women's basketball team represents North Carolina State University in NCAA Division I women's basketball.

History[edit]

The early years (1974–1981)[edit]

The women's basketball team at NC State had its beginnings in 1974. Under first head coach Robert "Peanut" Doak,[2] North Carolina State won the first game it played 57–45 over the Virginia Cavaliers on December 7, 1974, en route to an 11–4 final record.

Kay Yow, the former head coach of the Elon Phoenix, was hired July 1, 1975 as coordinator of women's athletics and women's basketball coach. Coach Yow began her legendary coaching career on December 6, 1975, and recorded her first win with the Wolfpack, a 68–64 triumph over the College of Charleston Cougars, on January 10, 1976. On January 27, 1976, the Wolfpack beat the North Carolina Tar Heels 68–58 in the first televised women's basketball game in North Carolina history. In her first season as the head coach, Kay Yow led her squad to the quarterfinals of the 1976 National Women's Invitation Tournament.

The 1977–78 season was a breakout year for the women's basketball program. On January 12, 1978, the Wolfpack beat the #1 Wayland Baptist Flying Queens 98–86 for its first ever win over a number one ranked team. In addition, the team won the inaugural ACC regular season championship and advanced to the Elite Eight of the AIAW Tournament where Wayland Baptist avenged its earlier season loss to the Wolfpack. NC State was ranked third in the final AP Poll of the 1977–78 season, its highest final ranking in school history.

On February 10, 1980, the Wolfpack won its first ACC tournament championship with an 85–75 victory over the Maryland Terrapins. NC State finished the season undefeated in conference play, capturing the ACC regular season title as well. The Wolfpack advanced to the second round, which was the Sweet 16, of the AIAW Tournament in both 1980 and 1981, foreshadowing the success NC State would later enjoy in the NCAA Tournament.[3]

A legend emerges (1981–2009)[edit]

The NCAA began sanctioning women's college basketball during the 1981–82 season, and on March 13, 1982, the Wolfpack defeated the Northwestern Wildcats 75–71 in its first NCAA Tournament game. The team won the regular season ACC title for the third time in school history in the 1982–83 season.

On November 26, 1983, Kay Yow won her 200th career game with a 60–54 triumph over the Miami Hurricanes.

The 1984–85 season was a very successful season, with the Wolfpack women winning their fourth regular season and second ACC tournament championships. The Wolfpack defeated North Carolina 81–80 on March 3, 1985, to claim the ACC tournament title. NC State won its third ACC tournament title on March 2, 1987, with a 57–56 win over Virginia.

On February 18, 1988, Coach Yow defeated the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 62–61 to collect her 100th career ACC victory. During the offseason, Yow led the United States Olympic women's basketball team to a gold medal in the 1988 Olympics.

NC State won its fifth regular season ACC championship to date in the 1989–90 season.

The Wolfpack women set an ACC record for the most points scored in a game on December 8, 1990. NC State defeated the Western Carolina Catamounts 137–65 in a record that still stands today. On January 12, 1991, #3 NC State lost a triple-overtime game 123–120 to #2 Virginia. The 243 total points scored is an ACC record.

The Wolfpack captured its fourth of five ACC tournament titles to date on March 4, 1991, by beating Clemson 84–61.

NC State made its deepest NCAA tournament run in 1998. On March 23, the Wolfpack defeated the Connecticut Huskies 60–52 to earn a berth in the Final Four.[4] On March 27, North Carolina State took the floor in Kansas City to take on the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters, but the team ultimately fell 84–65.[5]

On January 24, 1999, Coach Yow became the second coach to achieve 200 career ACC wins with NC State's 85–60 victory at Wake Forest. NC State retired the first set of women's basketball jerseys in school history on February 13, 2000. Genia Beasley, Trudi Lacey, Chasity Melvin, Linda Page, Andrea Stinson, Trena Trice, and Susan Yow each had her jersey retired.

On June 10, 2000, Coach Yow was one of 24 players and coaches inducted into the second class of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, and on September 27, 2002, Yow was enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Nine Wolfpack players, including Genia Beasley, Summer Erb, Trudi Lacey, Rhonda Mapp, Chasity Melvin, Linda Page, Andrea Stinson, Trena Trice and Susan Yow, were named to the ACC's 50th anniversary women's basketball team on September 25, 2002. The nine players were the second most of all ACC schools.

Coach Yow recorded her 600th win at NC State on December 2, 2004, with a 65–36 win over the Seton Hall Pirates. On January 22, 2006, Coach Yow coached her 1,000th career game when NC State beat the Dartmouth Big Green 78–43. She was one of only four NCAA Division I basketball coaches to coach 1,000 games. On February 5, 2007, she became just the sixth coach in Division I women's basketball history to win 700 games with a 68–51 victory over the Florida State Seminoles. The Reynolds Coliseum floor was renamed "Kay Yow Court" on February 16, 2007. That night, the Wolfpack upset #2 North Carolina 72–65. On March 18, 2007, Yow recorded her 650th win at NC State with an 84–52 defeat of the Robert Morris Colonials.[6]

Kay Yow died on January 24, 2009, after a 21-year battle with breast cancer.[7] In her legendary career at NC State, she won almost 700 games, guided her teams to 20 NCAA tournaments, advanced to the Sweet 16 eleven times, and recorded 29 winning seasons.[8]

Kellie Harper era (2009–2013)[edit]

On April 16, 2009, former Tennessee Lady Volunteers player and Western Carolina Catamounts head coach Kellie Harper was named the third head coach in NC State women's basketball history. Lady Volunteers head coach Pat Summitt said, "North Carolina State is getting a young and rising star in the game in Coach Kellie Jolly Harper. I am proud for Kellie. I expect she will do a great job in a very competitive conference – she has what it takes to be successful."[9]

Coach Harper picked up her first win as the Wolfpack head coach on November 13, 2009, with an 87–71 win over the Florida International Golden Panthers.[10]

Harper was fired on March 25, 2013, after a 4-year record of 70–64.

Wes Moore era (2013–Present)[edit]

Wes Moore, head coach at University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, was named as the fourth head coach in program history on April 4, 2013. Since his hiring, Coach Moore has led a resurgence in Women's Basketball at NC State.

In his first season at NC State (2013–14), Moore led the Wolfpack to a 25–8 record, a fourth-place finish in the ACC standings, and an NCAA Tournament appearance. For his efforts, he was named the ESPNW ACC Coach of the Year. After an 18-15 campaign in 2014-15 and a 20–11 season in 2015–16, Moore led the Wolfpack to the NCAA Tournament Round of 32 in 2016–17 with an impressive 23–9 record (12-4 ACC). On March 1, 2017, he earned the official ACC Coach of the Year honor in votes by both the league's Blue Ribbon Panel and head coaches, earning the first such honor in the 43-year history of the NC State women's basketball program. He was also named a Naismith Women's College Coach of the Year Semifinalist after authoring upsets of four top-15 teams throughout the season: No. 2 Notre Dame, at No. 6 Florida State, No. 12 Duke, and at No. 7 Louisville.

In 2019 Coach Moore was the runner-up for the AP National Coach of the Year award.

His 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 teams make back-to-back trips to the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Tournament. His 2019-2020 team won the Wolfpacks first ACC Tournament Championship since 1991 with senior point guard Aislinn Konig being named the tournament MVP.

The 2020-2021 team spent the entire regular season ranked inside the top 10, most of which was spent in the top 5, achieving a high rank of #2, matching a school record for highest ranking. On December 3, 2020, the #8 NCSU women beat the #1 ranked South Carolina team in Columbia with a final score of 54–46. The team was ranked #4 when they also beat the #1 ranked Louisville team in Louisville on February 1, 2020, by a score of 74–60. This was the first time a women's college basketball team has beaten a top ranked team twice in a season on the road. The team only experienced 2 losses in the regular season, both of which were away games which were later avenged with home wins. The team went into the conference tournament as the #2 seed and repeated as ACC Tournament Champions on March 7, 2021, beating the top seeded Louisville Cardinals 58–56. Junior Center Elissa Cunane was named the tournament MVP after averaging 23.3 points per game and 9.0 rebounds per game for the tournament. In their semifinal game against the #3 seeded Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, the team overcame a 10-point deficit in the 4th quarter to win by a final score of 66–61. For the 2021 NCAA tournament, the team earned the program's first ever #1 seed. The Wolfpack advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before falling to fourth-seed Indiana.

In 2021–22, the team improved upon their regular season rankings and spent the entire season ranked in the top 5. They began the season by losing to #1 ranked South Carolina on November 9, 2021, but they would later defeat #2 ranked Maryland on November 25, 2021 by eighteen points. They again reached the #2 national ranking, but could not eclipse South Carolina for the #1 spot. They finished the ACC season 17–1 and won their first regular season conference championship since 1990. They followed up that regular season performance by winning the ACC Tournament for the third time in a row. They were again a first seed in the 2022 NCAA tournament, defeating Longwood, Kansas State, and Notre Dame on the way to the Elite Eight. This was the programs' second Elite Eight appearance in its history. The Wolfpack couldn't overcome UConn and lost in double overtime to end their season. NC State was the only #1 seed to not qualify for the Final Four that year.

Year by year results[edit]

Conference tournament winners noted with # Source [11][12]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason Coaches' poll AP poll
Robert R. "Peanut" Doak (Independent) (1974–1975)
1974–75 Robert R. "Peanut" Doak 11–4 State Class B Tournament
Robert R. "Peanut" Doak: 11–4
Kay Yow (Independent, ACC) (1975–2009)
1975–76 Kay Yow 19–7 NWIT Sixth Place
1976–77 Kay Yow 21–3 AIAW Region II Tournament 10
Atlantic Coast Conference
1977–78 Kay Yow 29–5 9–0 1st AIAW Elite Eight 3
1978–79 Kay Yow 27–7 7–2 2nd AIAW Region II Tournament 11
1979–80 Kay Yow 28–8 9–0 1st# AIAW Sweet Sixteen 10
1980–81 Kay Yow 21–10 7–2 T-1st AIAW Sweet Sixteen 13
1981–82 Kay Yow 24–7 12–4 2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen 12
1982–83 Kay Yow 22–8 12–1 1st NCAA First Round 16
1983–84 Kay Yow 23–9 9–5 T-3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen 16
1984–85 Kay Yow 25–6 13–1 1st# NCAA Sweet Sixteen 12
1985–86 Kay Yow 18–11 9–5 T-3rd NCAA Second Round (Bye)
1986–87 Kay Yow 24–7 11–3 2nd# NCAA Sweet Sixteen 12 13
1987–88 Kay Yow 10–17 3–11 T-7th
1988–89 Kay Yow 24–7 12–2 2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen 10 13
1989–90 Kay Yow 25–6 12–2 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen 10 11
1990–91 Kay Yow 27–6 9–5 T-2nd# NCAA Sweet Sixteen 10 7
1991–92 Kay Yow 16–12 7–9 6th
1992–93 Kay Yow 14–13 8–8 T-4th
1993–94 Kay Yow 13–14 6–10 6th
1994–95 Kay Yow 21–10 11–5 3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen 19 24
1995–96 Kay Yow 20–10 10–6 3rd NCAA Second Round 23
1996–97 Kay Yow 19–12 9–7 T-3rd NCAA First Round
1997–98 Kay Yow 25–7 12–4 T-2nd NCAA Final Four 4 10
1998–99 Kay Yow 17–12 9–7 5th NCAA Second Round
1999–2000 Kay Yow 20–9 11–5 3rd NCAA First Round 23 23
2000–01 Kay Yow 22–11 9–7 T-3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen 16 19
2001–02 Kay Yow 14–15 7–9 T-5th
2002–03 Kay Yow 11–17 6–10 6th
2003–04 Kay Yow 17–15 8–8 T-3rd NCAA First Round
2004–05 Kay Yow 21–8 10–4 3rd NCAA First Round 21
2005–06 Kay Yow 19–12 7–7 5th NCAA First Round
2006–07 Kay Yow 25–10 10–4 T-3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen 12 18
2007–08 Kay Yow 21–13 6–8 8th WNIT Semifinals
2008–09 Kay Yow 8–7 0–0
Kay Yow: 680–325 280–161
Stephanie Glance (ACC) (2006–2008)
2006–07 Stephanie Glance 10–6 12 18
2008–09 Stephanie Glance 5–10 5–9 T-8th
Stephanie Glance: 15–16 5–9
Kellie Harper (ACC) (2010–2014)
2009–10 Kellie Harper 20–14 7–7 T-6th NCAA First Round
2010–11 Kellie Harper 14–17 4–10 10th
2011–12 Kellie Harper 19–16 5–11 9th WNIT Second Round
2012–13 Kellie Harper 17–17 7–11 T-7th WNIT Second Round
Kellie Harper: 70–64 23–39
Wes Moore (ACC) (2013–present)
2013–14 Wes Moore 25–8 11–5 4th NCAA First Round
2014–15 Wes Moore 18–15 7–9 10th WNIT Third Round
2015–16 Wes Moore 20–11 10–6 6th Declined WNIT Invitation
2016–17 Wes Moore 23–9 12–4 T–4th NCAA second round 17 17
2017–18 Wes Moore 26–9 11–5 T–4th NCAA Sweet Sixteen 21 16
2018–19 Wes Moore 28–6 12–4 T–3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen 10 9
2019–20 Wes Moore 28–4 14–4 2nd Tournament not held 8 8
2020–21 Wes Moore 23–3 13–2 2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen 3 7
2021–22 Wes Moore 32–4 17–1 1st NCAA Elite Eight 5 3
2022–23 Wes Moore 20–12 9–9 T-8th NCAA first round
2023–24 Wes Moore 23–3 11–3
Wes Moore: 262–82 (.762) 124–51 (.709)
Total: 1019–490 (.675)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Postseason results[edit]

NCAA Division I[edit]

NC State has appeared in 27 NCAA Tournaments, with a record of 29–27.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1982 #3 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#6 Northwestern
#2 Cheyney
W 75–71
L 76–68
1983 #4 Second Round #5 Penn State L 94–80
1984 #4 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#5 Virginia
#1 Old Dominion
W 86–73
L 73–71 (OT)
1985 #4 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#5 St. Joseph's
#1 Old Dominion
W 67–63
L 77–67
1986 #6 Second Round #3 Penn State L 63–59
1987 #3 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#6 Villanova
#2 Rutgers
W 68–67
L 75–60
1989 #2 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#7 Rutgers
#3 Ole Miss
W 75–73
L 68–63
1990 #2 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#10 Michigan
#3 Texas
W 81–64
L 72–63
1991 #2 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#10 George Washington
#3 Connecticut
W 94–83
L 82–71
1995 #7 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#10 Marquette
#2 Penn State
#3 Georgia
W 77–62
W 76–74
L 98–71
1996 #5 First Round
Second Round
#12 Montana
#4 Alabama
W 77–68
L 88–68
1997 #8 First Round #9 Iowa L 56–50
1998 #4 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#13 Maine
#12 Youngstown State
#1 Old Dominion
#2 Connecticut
#3 Louisiana Tech
W 89–64
W 81–61
W 74–72
W 60–52
L 84–65
1999 #10 First Round
Second Round
#7 Mississippi State
#2 Texas Tech
W 76–57
L 85–78
2000 #5 First Round #12 SMU L 64–63
2001 #4 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 Delaware
#5 Villanova
#1 Connecticut
W 76–57
W 68–64
L 72–58
2004 #10 First Round #7 Auburn L 79–59
2005 #5 First Round #12 Middle Tennessee State L 60–58
2006 #5 First Round #12 Tulsa L 71–61
2007 #4 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 Robert Morris
#5 Baylor
#1 Connecticut
W 84–52
W 78–72 (OT)
L 78–71
2010 #9 First Round #8 UCLA L 74–54
2014 #5 First Round #12 BYU L 72–57
2017 #6 First Round
Second Round
#11 Auburn
#3 Texas
W 62–48
L 84–80
2018 #4 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 Elon
#5 Maryland
#1 Mississippi State
W 62–35
W 74–60
L 71–57
2019 #3 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#14 Maine
#6 Kentucky
#2 Iowa
W 63–51
W 72–57
L 79–61
2021 #1 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#16 North Carolina A&T
#8 South Florida
#4 Indiana
W 79–58
W 79–67
L 70–73
2022 #1 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#16 Longwood
#9 Kansas State
#5 Notre Dame
#2 Connecticut
W 96–68
W 89–57
W 66–63
L 87–91 (2OT)
2023 #7 First Round #10 Princeton L 63–64

AIAW Division I[edit]

The Wolfpack made three appearances in the AIAW National Division I basketball tournament, with a combined record of 3–3.

Year Round Opponent Result
1978 First Round
Quarterfinals
Missouri
Wayland Baptist
W, 70–64
L, 55–72
1980 First Round
Second Round
Detroit
Long Beach State
W, 70–61
L, 72–86
1981 First Round
Second Round
Georgia State
Cheyney State
W, 95–86
L, 72–88

References[edit]

  1. ^ NC State Athletics Brand Guide (PDF). January 11, 2023. Retrieved February 25, 2023.
  2. ^ NCSU archive
  3. ^ Williams, MaryEllen (2012). Triumph: Inspired by the true life story of legendary Coach Kay Yow. Raleigh, NC: MaryEllen Williams. p. 272. ISBN 978-0578114477.
  4. ^ "Huskies Ko'd; Vols Escape Wolfpack Shocks Uconn; Tenn. Holds Off Carolina". philly-archives. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  5. ^ "La. Tech pummels 'Pack, 84–65 Lady Techsters pop N.C. State's balloon, despite Melvin's 37". tribunedigital-baltimoresun. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  6. ^ [1][permanent dead link] Women's Basketball History of Success
  7. ^ "Coach Yow Peacefully Passes Saturday Morning". NC State University. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  8. ^ [2][permanent dead link] Kay Yow Bio
  9. ^ "Harper Named Women's Basketball Coach". NC State University. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  10. ^ [3][permanent dead link] Harper Chalks Up First Win At NC State
  11. ^ "Media Guide" (PDF). NC State. Retrieved 9 Aug 2013.
  12. ^ "Media Guide". Atlantic Coast Conference. Retrieved 9 Aug 2013.

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