WBB: What's Good-Taller Guards

In women's basketball, State rolled over Davidson last night. From Go Pack:

The NC State women's basketball team continued its unbeaten run in impressive fashion Tuesday night, handily defeating the visiting Davidson Wildcats by a final score of 86-63 to improve to 6-0 under new head coach Wes Moore.

The win was State's 13th in its last 14 nonconference home games and kept the Pack off to its best start to a season since the 2001-02 campaign also began 6-0.

Five Wolfpack student-athletes scored 10 points or more in the victory, with Kody Burke (17), Miah Spencer (14 - career high), Markeisha Gatling (12), Len'Nique Brown (12), Krystal Barrett (10) all achieving double figures. The Wolfpack shot 32-63 (50.8 percent) from the field in the win, marking the third time this season the team has shot 50 percent or higher in a game.

In Sunday's Tulane post game discussions much was made of Davidson because they beat Clemson by twenty (77-57) and almost upset Wake Forest (69-66). However, if one looks at their record, one sees that they lost to Winthrop (91-76), and they also lost to Highpoint (100-65). Thus, State handily beating them does not answer the question of how good is this State team.

For the last three years State was too small at the guards with five-six Amber White, five-four Myisha Goodwin-Coleman and five-five Le'Nique Brown starting at the point guard at different times. In last night's game, this year's trend toward playing taller guards continued with five-eight freshman Miah Spencer playing 27 minutes at the point. In addition at the guard positions, five-eleven Breezy Willaims played 18 minutes (cut short by injury-hopefully not a bad one), five-nine Krystal Barrett played 23 minutes and five -eight Ashley Williams played 18 minutes.

The direction is moving toward Miah Spencer taking over the point guard duties. Miah reminds me of Kastanek in that her basketball intelligence is high, her ball handling skills are good and she has a mid-range game. She does lack at this time the speed and overall skill that Kastanek had as a freshman.


Six-one freshman Jennifer Mathurin comes to State from Canada. As such, entities such as HoopGurlz or Blue Star which cover recruiting for women's basket ball did not rate her, but because she is averaging almost five rebounds in twelve minutes of play per game and has shown the ability to hit the three point shot, it is clear that her addition to the team will provide future dividends. While Jennifer is listed as six-one, after looking at the team photo one has to question that. She (number 11) is standing beside five-eleven Ashley Eli and near five-eleven Kaley Moser. Either Eli and Moser are not five-eleven, or Mathurin is maybe six-three. On the cover of the game information booklet available before the first five games, Mathurin is standing between fellow freshman Spencer and Williams with arms outstretched palming a basketball in each hand. Impressive!

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