NC State Wolfpack women's basketball

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NC State Wolfpack Women's Basketball
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University North Carolina State University
All-time record947–472 (.667)
Head coach Wes Moore (10th season)
Conference ACC
Location Raleigh, North Carolina
Arena Reynolds Coliseum
(Capacity: 5,500)
Nickname Wolfpack Women
ColorsRed and white [1]
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NCAA Tournament Final Four
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
AIAW Tournament Elite Eight
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.



The early years (1974–1981)

The women's basketball team at NC State had its beginnings in 1974. Under first head coach Robert "Peanut" Doak,[ citation needed ] 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. [2]

A legend emerges (1981–2009)

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. [3] 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. [4]

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. [5]

Kay Yow died on January 24, 2009, after a 21-year battle with breast cancer. [6] 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. [7]

Kellie Harper era (2009–2013)

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." [8]

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. [9]

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

Wes Moore era (2013–Present)

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 2020-2021 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.

Current roster

2021–22 NC State Wolfpack women's basketball team
Pos.#NameHeightYearPrevious schoolHometown
G 0Diamond Johnson5 ft 5 in(1.65 m)So Neumann Goretti Philadelphia, PA
G 1Genesis Bryant5 ft 6 in(1.68 m)So Lovejoy Jonesboro, GA
G 2Raina Perez5 ft 4 in(1.63 m)GS Millennium
Cal State Fullerton
Goodyear, AZ
G 3Kai Crutchfield5 ft 9 in(1.75 m)GS Millbrook Raleigh, NC
G 5Jada Boyd6 ft 2 in(1.88 m)Jr Appomattox County Petersburg, VA
G 10Aziaha James5 ft 9 in(1.75 m)Fr Princess Anne Virginia Beach, VA
G 11Jakia Brown-Turner6 ft 0 in(1.83 m)Jr Bishop McNamara Temple Hills, MD
G 15Kendal Moore5 ft 6 in(1.68 m)Jr Pine Forest Fayetteville, NC
G 21Madison Hayes6 ft 0 in(1.83 m)So East Hamilton Chattanooga, TN
G 23Jessica Timmons5 ft 8 in(1.73 m)Fr North Mecklenburg Charlotte, NC
F 25Kayla Jones6 ft 1 in(1.85 m)GS Riverside Jamesville, NC
C 32Sophie Hart6 ft 5 in(1.96 m)Fr Farmington Farmington, MN
C 33Elissa Cunane6 ft 5 in(1.96 m)Sr Northern Guilford Summerfield, NC
C 41Camille Hobby6 ft 1 in(1.85 m)Jr Nease Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Last update: March 5, 2022

Year by year results

Conference tournament winners noted with # Source [10] [11]

SeasonTeamOverallConferenceStandingPostseasonCoaches' pollAP poll
Robert R. "Peanut" Doak (Independent)(1974–1975)
1974–75Robert R. "Peanut" Doak 11–4State Class B Tournament
Robert R. "Peanut" Doak:11–4
Kay Yow (Independent, ACC)(1975–2009)
1975–76Kay Yow 19–7 NWIT Sixth Place
1976–77Kay Yow 21–3AIAW Region II Tournament10
Atlantic Coast Conference
1977–78Kay Yow 29–59–01st AIAW Elite Eight 3
1978–79Kay Yow 27–77–22ndAIAW Region II Tournament11
1979–80Kay Yow 28–89–01st#AIAW Sweet Sixteen10
1980–81Kay Yow 21–107–2T-1stAIAW Sweet Sixteen13
1981–82Kay Yow 24–712–42ndNCAA Sweet Sixteen12
1982–83Kay Yow 22–812–11stNCAA First Round16
1983–84Kay Yow 23–99–5T-3rdNCAA Sweet Sixteen16
1984–85Kay Yow 25–613–11st#NCAA Sweet Sixteen12
1985–86Kay Yow 18–119–5T-3rdNCAA Second Round (Bye)
1986–87Kay Yow 24–711–32nd#NCAA Sweet Sixteen1213
1987–88Kay Yow 10–173–11T-7th
1988–89Kay Yow 24–712–22ndNCAA Sweet Sixteen1013
1989–90Kay Yow 25–612–21stNCAA Sweet Sixteen1011
1990–91Kay Yow 27–69–5T-2nd#NCAA Sweet Sixteen107
1991–92Kay Yow 16–127–96th
1992–93Kay Yow 14–138–8T-4th
1993–94Kay Yow 13–146–106th
1994–95Kay Yow 21–1011–53rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen 1924
1995–96Kay Yow 20–1010–63rdNCAA Second Round23
1996–97Kay Yow 19–129–7T-3rdNCAA First Round
1997–98Kay Yow 25–712–4T-2nd NCAA Final Four 410
1998–99Kay Yow 17–129–75thNCAA Second Round
1999–2000Kay Yow 20–911–53rdNCAA First Round2323
2000–01Kay Yow 22–119–7T-3rdNCAA Sweet Sixteen1619
2001–02Kay Yow 14–157–9T-5th
2002–03Kay Yow 11–176–106th
2003–04Kay Yow 17–158–8T-3rdNCAA First Round
2004–05Kay Yow 21–810–43rdNCAA First Round21
2005–06Kay Yow 19–127–75thNCAA First Round
2006–07Kay Yow 25–1010–4T-3rdNCAA Sweet Sixteen1218
2007–08Kay Yow 21–136–88thWNIT Semifinals
2008–09Kay Yow 8–70–0
Kay Yow:680–325280–161
Stephanie Glance (ACC)(2006–2008)
2006–07Stephanie Glance 10–61218
2008–09Stephanie Glance 5–105–9T-8th
Stephanie Glance:15–165–9
Kellie Harper (ACC)(2010–2014)
2009–10Kellie Harper 20–147–7T-6thNCAA First Round
2010–11Kellie Harper 14–174–1010th
2011–12Kellie Harper 19–165–119thWNIT Second Round
2012–13Kellie Harper 17–177–11T-7thWNIT Second Round
Kellie Harper:70–6423–39
Wes Moore (ACC)(2013–present)
2013–14Wes Moore 25–811–54thNCAA First Round
2014–15Wes Moore 18–157–910thWNIT Third Round
2015–16Wes Moore 20–1110–66thDeclined WNIT Invitation
2016–17Wes Moore 23–912–4T–4th NCAA second round 1717
2017–18Wes Moore 26–911–5T–4th NCAA Sweet Sixteen 2116
2018–19Wes Moore 28–612–4T–3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen 109
2019–20Wes Moore 28–414–42ndTournament not held88
2020–21Wes Moore 23–313–22nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen 37
2021–22Wes Moore 32–417–11st NCAA Elite Eight 53
Wes Moore:222–68 (.766)107–40 (.728)
Total:979–476 (.673)

      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

NCAA Division I

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

1982 #3Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#6 Northwestern
#2 Cheyney
W 75–71
L 76–68
1983 #4Second Round#5 Penn StateL 94–80
1984 #4Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#5 Virginia
#1 Old Dominion
W 86–73
L 73–71 (OT)
1985 #4Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#5 St. Joseph's
#1 Old Dominion
W 67–63
L 77–67
1986 #6Second Round#3 Penn StateL 63–59
1987 #3Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#6 Villanova
#2 Rutgers
W 68–67
L 75–60
1989 #2Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#7 Rutgers
#3 Ole Miss
W 75–73
L 68–63
1990 #2Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#10 Michigan
#3 Texas
W 81–64
L 72–63
1991 #2Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#10 George Washington
#3 Connecticut
W 94–83
L 82–71
1995 #7First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#10 Marquette
#2 Penn State
#3 Georgia
W 77–62
W 76–74
L 98–71
1996 #5First Round
Second Round
#12 Montana
#4 Alabama
W 77–68
L 88–68
1997 #8First Round#9 IowaL 56–50
1998 #4First 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 #10First Round
Second Round
#7 Mississippi State
#2 Texas Tech
W 76–57
L 85–78
2000 #5First Round#12 SMUL 64–63
2001 #4First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 Delaware
#5 Villanova
#1 Connecticut
W 76–57
W 68–64
L 72–58
2004 #10First Round#7 AuburnL 79–59
2005 #5First Round#12 Middle Tennessee StateL 60–58
2006 #5First Round#12 TulsaL 71–61
2007 #4First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 Robert Morris
#5 Baylor
#1 Connecticut
W 84–52
W 78–72 (OT)
L 78–71
2010 #9First Round#8 UCLAL 74–54
2014 #5First Round#12 BYUL 72–57
2017 #6First Round
Second Round
#11 Auburn
#3 Texas
W 62–48
L 84–80
2018 #4First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 Elon
#5 Maryland
#1 Mississippi State
W 62–35
W 74–60
L 71–57
2019 #3First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#14 Maine
#6 Kentucky
#2 Iowa
W 63–51
W 72–57
L 79–61
2021 #1First 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 #1First 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)

AIAW Division I

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

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

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