N.C. State is off to a surprisingly quick start in womens basketball, and Friday night the 10-1 Wolfpack will take on its toughest nonconference opponent of the season at home No. 12 LSU (9-1) at 7 p.m. at Reynolds Coliseum.
Markeisha Gatling, a 6-5 senior center out of Athens Drive, leads the Wolfpack with 14.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game while classmate Kody Burke averages 13.1 and 5.0.
Raigyne Moncrief, a 5-10 freshman guard, leads the Tigers with 13.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while 6-5 senior forward Theresa Plaisance averages 12.5 and 7.5.
Weve done an excellent job taking care of the basketball, and thats going to be really tested, said Wolfpack coach Wes Moore, whose team is on a four-game winning streak. LSU plays a lot of zone, but theyre long and athletic and get in the passing lanes and try to trap a lot out of the zone.
At some point its going to be not so much what we run and the decisions we make, but its going to test our ability to handle the ball and make the extra pass. And we have to keep them off the boards.
State is 7-0 in Reynolds this season, with its closest call a 69-55 victory last month against Tulane. In its first season under Moore, State has won at Northwestern and beaten UCLA on a neutral court in Florida. Its closest game all season was a 99-90 loss to Wright State on the opening day of that three-day tournament in Estero, Fla.