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NCSU is the reigning ACC champion and comes into the season ranked #8 in the US and #2 in the ACC.
Here is a link to the roster. https://gopack.com/sports/womens-basketball/roster
Here is a link to the schedule https://gopack.com/sports/womens-basketball/schedule
This has the potential to be a very good team. We lost 4 seniors from last year but only one had a huge impact last year as the other 3 were recovering from ACL injuries from the previous year. The Pack is stacked down low with Cunane, Jones, Brown and three other good forwards. The big question is our back court. If Perez can hold down the PG and one of the freshmen guards can play this team could be top 10 or better this year and view for another ACC championship. This is a fun team to watch. They play hard defense and rarely have foul problems (KK should let Moore give the men some tips on this). As a team they are unselfish and will make the right pass to get the best shot available. Moore has a proven to develop players as every girl seems to flourish under his coaching. My only complain about him is he tends to play a short bench. If you have not watched them play, do yourself a favor and watch. I know women's basketball is not most people's thing but they are fun to watch and do not seem fazed by NCSU stuff.
Here is who I believe will start.
Elissa Cunane - She is 6'5" junior and is an amazing post player. Highly skilled and hard to stop. The only complaint I have is maybe she could add a little grit as she can be too nice at times (her nickname is the "Big Smile"). State runs a 4 out 1 in and she is a great player to handle the middle. She was first team all ACC and third team AA. She is preseason first team all ACC and AA.
Jakia Brown-Turner (aka JBT) JBT is a 6ft soph wing player who can do it all. She can score, play defense on 1-4 and rebound. She hit the game winning shot in the ACC championship game last year and is a flat out baller. She started all year which is impressive given Moore usually brings his freshmen along slowly. She is preseason all ACC first team. If she makes the jump most players make from freshman to soph she could be scary indeed.
Kayla Jones 6'1" stretch 4 senior. She made a splash her soph year when forced to play due to 3 ACL injuries. She made the most of her opportunities and has become a solid complimentary player. She can shoot and plays excellent defense. She also helps bring the ball up the floor against the press. Every team needs this type of player.
Kai Crutchfield is a 5'9" senior who also was forced into action early due to the ACL injuries. She is a streaky shooter who has decent athleticism. She needs to be more consistent and show she can handle ball pressure.
Raina Perez 5'4" grad transfer. I have never seen her play but there is a lot buzz about her coming into the year. She is supposedly a quick shooter. She average 19.8 points, 5.4 rebounds (yes you read that right) and 4.2 assists for Cal State Fullerton. If she can be anywhere close to that this year we could have a beast of a team.
Other players of note
Jada Boyd she is a 6'2" soph coming off an ACC first team freshman year. She is a match up nightmare at her size and quickness. She did not get as much time as I would have liked but I think she had too many turn overs for Moore who is very risk averse. She will be an important part of this team,
Elle Sutphin is a 6'3" freshman who red shirted last year which was really her high school senior season. She was a five star recruit before she reclassified and is a good shooter. It will be interesting to see what a year under Moore and college level coaching will do to her game.
Article about the incoming freshmen https://gopack.com/news/2019/11/13/womens-basketball-wolfpack-adds-strong-class-on-first-day-of-early-signing-period.aspx
Articel about next years recruiting class https://gopack.com/news/2020/11/11/womens-basketball-wolfpack-inks-strong-2021-class-on-first-day-of-signing-period