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So, what is it that makes the NC State women’s basketball team great?

NCAA Womens Basketball: Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament - Louisville vs NC State Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

If you could draw up a Wolfpack basketball scenario, go ahead and put on paper what it is that haunts NC State hoops and the precise way you might exorcise those problems, you’d get this NC State women’s basketball team. That’s just one of the myriad ways in which they’re good.

And they are so good.

Four Factors

NCSU Offense (rk) Defense (rk)
NCSU Offense (rk) Defense (rk)
eFG% 52.3 (19) 42.0 (46)
TO% 15.4 (28) 15.7 (304)
OR% 31.2 (172) 25.0 (15)
FTR 15.4 (237) 12.4 (11)

This is one of the best shooting teams in the country, and also it takes care of the ball—a tried-and-true recipe for efficiency at the offensive end. NC State ranks 17th nationally in 2FG% at 51.7 and 34th nationally in 3FG% at 35.8.

On the defensive end, NC State’s profile of contesting-but-not-touching works well: the team doesn’t force turnovers, but it also applies good ball pressure, rarely fouls, and takes care of the defensive glass.

That’s pretty much the dream, as far as I’m concerned. If you’re going to be good at forcing misses, you had best not squander that talent on the boards. NC State is methodical in this way, and as it collects defensive boards, it racks opportunities for Raina Perez, who pushes the ball up the floor better than anyone else in the country.

All of this works really well in harmony.