N.C. State 71, Florida State 66
Wolfpack Women 2020 ACC Tournament Champions
**********Key free throws down the stretch for the Pack, from Elissa Cunane(Northern Guilford High School)…..**********
++++++++++First ACC Tournament Title for the N.C. Wolfpack Women, in 29 years…++++++++++
$$$$$$$$$$ Cunane with 18 points, 9 rebounds, 3-8 from the field, 2-2 from three-point range, 10-14 from the free throw line, and 37 minutes of action for the N.C. State sophomore center…$$$$$$$$$$
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Elissa Cunane Named to 2020 Wooden Award National Ballot
LOS ANGELES – NC State women’s basketball center Elissa Cunane is one of 15 collegiate players selected for the 2020 Women’s National Ballot for the John R. Wooden Award, as announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club on Saturday morning.
The National Ballot consists of student-athletes who are candidates for the Wooden Award All-American Team and the Wooden Award Trophy that recognizes college basketball’s Player of the Year. Cunane has been featured on multiple other watch lists throughout the season and is also one of 10 finalists for the Lisa Leslie Award, which honors the top center in women’s college basketball.
Cunane earned First Team All-ACC honors in the midst of an explosive sophomore campaign. She ended the 2019-20 regular season as the only ACC player to average a double-double on the year with 16.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. Cunane is the only player in the conference to rank in the top six in the league in scoring (16.5), rebounding (9.8) and field-goal percentage (.550).
The Summerfield, N.C., native has posted a conference-leading 14 double-doubles this season as the Pack’s leading scorer and rebounder. She has scored 20+ points in 10 outings and hit double figures in all but five games this season.
Cunane recently surpassed 500 career rebounds not even halfway through her NC State career. Her 295 boards as a sophomore ties for 12th in program history in single-season rebounds. Amidst postseason play, Cunane is also just 41 points away from reaching 1,000 career points.
The Wooden Award All-American Team, which consists of the nation’s top five players and the finalists for the Wooden Award, will be announced on April 3 following the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament. The 44th annual presentation of the John R. Wooden Award will take place on April 10 during the ESPN College Basketball Awards.
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Pack Wins 2020 ACC Tournament
NC State ends game on 13-3 run to claim first title for program since 1991
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The NC State women’s basketball team ended the game on a 13-3 run to defeat fourth-seed Florida State, 71-66, and win the 2020 ACC Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.
The ACC Tournament title is the first for NC State since 1991 and the fifth in program history.
In a tightly contested game that had 12 lead changes and nine ties, Florida State appeared to be making a game-defining run at the right time, going on a 10-0 streak to take its largest lead of the game, 63-58, with 3:45 to play.
NC State answered with an Elissa Cunane(Northern Guilford High School) lay-up to stop the run and then Cunane had a steal on the other end to give the ball back to the Pack. Kayla Jones found Aislinn Konig in transition for a three to tie the game with 2:28 remaining.
The Pack got another defensive stop and Cunane gave NC State the lead with a free throw. NC State again stopped FSU on its next possession and Jones made her first attempt, missed the second, but Jakia Brown-Turner grabbed the offensive rebound and was fouled. She made both of her free throws to give the Pack a 67-63 lead with 1:03 to go.
Florida State stopped the Pack’s 9-0 run with a free throw to again make it a one possession game.
Cunane split a pair of free throws on the Pack’s next possession, and after two Florida State free throws, split another pair to give NC State a 69-66 lead with 21 second remaining.
The Pack closed out the game with two more Cunane free throws as NC State held the Seminoles without a field goal and forced two FSU turnovers over the final 3:45 of the game.
Cunane and Konig led the Pack with 18 points. Cunane scored nine of her 18 points in the fourth quarter. Konig finished the game with four three-pointers, including 2-of-2 in the fourth quarter.
Brown-Tuner added 14 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for her first career double-double.
Konig was named ACC Tournament Most Valuable Player. The senior guard averaged 17.7 points per game in three NC State wins in the tourney. Cunane also earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team.
NC State will return to action in the NCAA Tournament which will begin on Friday, March 20.
The 2020 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship bracket will be announced Monday, March 16 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.