Triangle Sports Roundup – 11/14/2014

Atlantic Coast Conference, theACC.com

Atlantic Coast Conference, theACC.com

N.C. State Wolfpack – Women’s Basketball

RALEIGH, N.C. – The 41st season in the storied history of the NC State women’s basketball program gets underway Friday night, as the Wolfpack plays host to Tennessee State at 7 p.m. inside Reynolds Coliseum.

Broadcast Information  – WKNC 88.1 FM – GoPack.com/AllAccess (subscription)

Game Day Promotions – Military Appreciation Day

Present a military ID to receive one free adult general admission ticket and additional adult general admission tickets can be purchased for just $3 (regular price = $7).

Kids 17 and under receive free admission.

A WIN ON FRIDAY WOULD

  • Be the 802nd win in program history
  • Be the 418th win at Reynolds Coliseum
  • Be NC State’s first win over Tennessee State (first meeting)
  • Mark NC State’s second straight 1-0 start under head coach Wes Moore
  • Mark the 12th straight season during which the Wolfpack has begun a campaign 1-0

Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) – Women’s Basketball

Upcoming Games

Friday, Nov. 14

Princeton at Pitt – 11 a.m.

Oakland at Miami – 11 a.m.

UNC-Greensboro at Clemson -Noon

Howard at 13/13 North Carolina – 4 p.m.

Virginia Tech at George Mason – 5 p.m.

12/11 Louisville at IUPUI – 5 p.m.

Georgia Tech at Loyola- Chicago – 6 p.m.

Mass- Lowell at 3/3 Notre Dame – 6 p.m.

Tennessee State at NC State – 7 p.m.

Ohio State at Virginia – 7 p.m.

UAB at Florida State – 7 p.m.

Boston College at 6/6 Stanford – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 15

Longwood at Wake Forest – 2 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 16

Maryland-E.Shore at Virginia Tech – Noon

Fordham at 24/25 Syracuse – Noon

Radford at Virginia – 1 p.m.

Troy at Clemson – 2 p.m.

23/23 UCLA at  13/13 North Carolina – 2 p.m.

Coppin State at NC State – 2 p.m.

Morgan State at Georgia Tech – 2 p.m.

UT-Martin at 12/11 Louisville – 2 p.m.

Boston College at St. Mary’s – 4 p.m.

7/7 Duke at Alabama – 8 p.m.

Season Tip-off

ACC women’s basketball teams will tip off the 2014-15 season this weekend with 12 games on Fri.,, Nov. 14, one game on Sat., Nov. 5 and 10 games on Sun., Nov. 16. The season tip-off marks the 38th in league history. Highlighting the weekend is a Top 25 non-conference match-up pitting No. 23/23 UCLA at No. 13/13 North Carolina.

Welcome to the ACC

New ACC member Louisville begins its inaugural season in the league. The Cardinals bring with them 17 NCAA Tournament appearances, five trips to the Sweet 16, three trips to the Elite 8, two Final Four berths and two appearances in the national championship game.

Welcome back, Sylvia

North Carolina head coach will be back on the sidelines this season after missing last season do to fighting leukemia. The Hall of Fame coach is entering her 29th season as the head coach at North Carolina and 40th overall.

Block machine

Duke senior forward/center Elizabeth Williams needs six blocks to move to second on the ACC’s all-time blocks list. The three-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year has 131 blocks for her career entering the 2014-15 season.

Preseason All-Americans

The ACC has two student-athletes, Notre Dame’s Jewell Loyd and Duke’s Elizabeth Williams, that were named to the Associated Press Preseason All-America Team, tied for the most of any conference. Loyd was one of two unanimous selections.

Signing Day

The NCAA’s early signing period began on Wednesday, Nov. 12 and the ACC has four of the top six classes as ranked by ESPN Hoopgurlz – No. 1 Louisville, No. 3 Duke, No. 5 Notre Dame and no. 6 North Carolina. No. 16 NC State and No. 20 Virginia round out the ACC’s contingent of six teams in the top 20, which is tied for the most from any conference.

In the Polls

Five ACC teams are among the Top 25 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Poll. 2014 National Runner-Up Notre Dame is the highest ranking ACC at No. 3/3 followed by Duke at No. 7/7, Louisville at No. 12/11, North Carolina at No. 13/13 and Syracuse at No 24/25.

Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) – Women’s Soccer

Upcoming Games

NCAA Championship – First Round

Friday, Nov. 14

South Dakota State at #2 North Carolina – 5 p.m.

Clemson at #3 South Carolina – 6 p.m.

South Alabama at #1 Florida State – 7 p.m.

High Point at #2 Virginia – 7 p.m.

Valparaiso at #4 Notre Dame – 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 15

Dayton at Virginia Tech – 7 p.m.

QuickKicks

The ACC had six teams (Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Virginia and Virginia Tech) selected to the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, including four Top-4 national seeds … ACC Champion Florida State was awarded a No. 1 national seed to mark the fourth straight year the Seminoles have earned a No. 1 seed (fifth overall) … ACC regular season co-champion North Carolina and the 2014 ACC Championship runner-up Virginia (18-2-0) were given No. 2 national seeds, and Notre Dame was tabbed a No. 4 seed … Florida State, Virginia, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech will host first round games this weekend … Florida State won its second straight ACC Championship and third in four years following a 3-1 win over Notre Dame in the semifinals and a 1-0 decision over Virginia in the title game …Florida State senior midfielder Dagny Brynjarsdottir, the ACC’s Offensive Player of the Year collected Tournament MVP honors for her performance in both Seminole tournament wins … No. 2 Florida State and No. 5 North Carolina shared the regular season conference crown and finished the league play with a 9-0-1 record … All four semifinal teams were ranked in the Top 10 of NSCAA and Soccer America polls … The ACC boasts six teams ranked in the final regular season NSCAA and Soccer America polls, the most of any league … Three teams are among the top six in both polls (No. 2/2 Florida State, No. 4/4 Virginia and No. 6/6  North Carolina) …  Seven ACC women’s soccer players are on the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, including 2013 winner Virginia’s Morgan Brian … The ACC is 67-37-9 against non-conference competition this season including nine wins over teams ranked in the NSCAA poll.

ACC Women’s Soccer By the Numbers

1 – Former Notre Dame women’s soccer player Elizabeth Tucker was named the NCAA Woman of the Year on Oct. 19 in a ceremony in Indianapolis. She is the first soccer player to be selected and only the third honoree in ACC history, joining Virginia lacrosse/field hockey standout Peggy Boutilier (1998) and Wake Forest cross country/track & field runner Annie Bersagel (2006).

2 –  Two teams finished ACC play undefeated – Florida State and North Carolina each completed ACC play with a 9-0-1 mark. The Tar Heels and the Seminoles played to a 1-1 double overtime draw on Oct. 23. It marked the first time in league history that two teams finished without a loss in league play and the 20th time at least one team went undefeated.

3 – ACC Champion Florida State won its third ACC Women’s Soccer Championship in the last four years. The Seminoles have claimed the title in 2011, 2013 and 2014. The Seminoles are the first team to repeat as tournament champions since North Carolina won five straight titles from 2005-09.

6 – The ACC has had at least six teams selected to the NCAA Tournament each of the last 16 seasons. The ACC set the record for most teams selected from a single conference with nine in 2011 and 2012.

7 – Seven ACC teams have at least 10 wins. It marks the 11th time in league history that at least seven teams will finish with double digit victories.

9 – The six ACC teams selected for the NCAA Championship combine for a 9-6-2 record against the field and outscored that opposition 26-13 during the regular season.

14 – The ACC Champion has gone on to win the NCAA title 14 times with the last time being in 2009 (North Carolina).

24 – Current ACC membership combines for 24 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championships. North Carolina owns 21 titles, while Notre Dame has won three.

31 – The ACC has placed at least one team in the College Cup 31 of the 32 year history of the event and a team in the College Cup Final seven of the last eight years and 29 times overall. The only year an ACC team failed to advance to the College Cup was in 2004.

48 – The ACC’s six NCAA Tournament teams – Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Virginia and Virginia Tech – combine for 48 appearances in the NCAA Women’s College Cup.