Women's basketball team of the week: NC State Wolfpack riding a month-long win streak
Riding its longest Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) winning streak since 2000-01, the North Carolina State Wolfpack are the NCAA.com Team of the Week after winning seven straight games and earning a No. 23 ranking in the latest Associated Press Poll.
North Carolina State (19-5, 8-3 ACC) has not lost since January 7, rattling off wins against Georgia Tech, Syracuse, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Clemson, No. 10 Florida State, and Boston College to achieve its longest ACC winning streak and the longest active winning streak in the conference against league opponents.
In last Thursday’s 65-56 home win over No. 10 Florida State, North Carolina State earned its sixth top-10 victory since 2013-14 as Akela Maize led the Wolfpack and all scorers on the floor with 18 points on 7-11 (.636) shooting. Kiara Leslie, who put up 16 points, scored in double figures for the third consecutive game, as did Chelsea Nelson, who tallied 11 points in addition to her team-high eight rebounds and four assists. Kaila Ealey recorded 14 points for the Wolfpack, going an impressive 10-11 from the free throw line.
The Wolfpack’s latest win came at home against Boston College, 72-54 on Sunday afternoon. The win was fueled by a 29-point third period explosion as Leslie posted her third double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Maize joined her in double figures with 16 from an impressive 6-9 (.667) shooting performance in addition to dishing out a career-high four assists. Aislinn Konig also played an active role in playmaking for North Carolina State as she tied her personal best with a game-high six assists. The Wolfpack entered the contest ranked fourth nationally in rebound margin (+11.0) and continued its success, outrebounding Boston College 39-26.
North Carolina State returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 8 at Miami (FL).