Women's basketball: NC State earns Team of the Week honors
With back-to-back wins over two top-10 teams for the first time since 2007, the North Carolina State Wolfpack is the NCAA.com Team of the Week.
NC State ended No. 2 Notre Dame's 35-game Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) winning streak last Thursday, then backed up that effort with a win on the road at No. 6 Florida State on Jan. 2, which ended a 12-game winning streak for the Seminoles.
The Wolfpack, 12-3 overall and 2-0 in the ACC, never trailed in the Notre Dame game, prevailing 70-62 and handing the Fighting Irish just their second loss in ACC play since joining the league at the outset of the 2013-14 season. Prior to Dec. 29 contest, Notre Dame was 47-1 in regular-season ACC games.
Dominique Wilson led the Wolfpack with 18 points and was joined in double figures by 17 points from Miah Spencer (seven rebounds, six assists) and Jennifer Mathurin's ninth career double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Wolfpack shot 24-57 (.421) from the field, went 8-19 (.421) from beyond the arc, and posted a near-perfect mark of 14-15 (.933) from the free-throw line.
Against Florida State, Ashley Wilson scored 19 points and Chelsea Nelson added 17 to help NC State to the 70-61 victory. The Wolfpack trailed 49-46 going into the fourth period before going on a 10-3 run to take the lead. Nelson scored seven points in the quarter. Wilson made all 14 of her free throws as the Wolfpack were 20 of 25 from the line. Spencer added 12 points. Florida State (13-2, 1-1) lost for just the first time since a two-point defeat to top-ranked UConn on Nov. 14. Their 12-game winning streak had tied a school record set in 2004-05.
NC State features a balanced attack, with six players averaging between 10.5 and 7.4 points per game, with Spencer leading the way in scoring. The Wolfpack defense has become accustomed to shutting down opposing offenses and allows only 53.8 points per game.
The Wolfpack returns to action and will face a third consecutive ranked opponent when No. 14 Miami (Fla.) travels to Raleigh, N.C. this Thursday, Jan. 5.