12/6/04: Coaches Corner Recap with Kay Yow

This week's "Coaches Corner" at Playmaker's featured Hall of Fame Women's Head Basketball Coach Kay Yow.

Here are some of the key notes that Coach Yow discussed with the Wolfpack fans in attendance at Playmakers today.

- Coach Yow began by discussing the current state of this year's team. She said the players must maintain confidence during this time after a couple of hard losses. The team is full of talent, but they are young and still need players to step up. It seems like every game it's a different area that hurts the team, be it free throw shooting, rebounding, or field goal shooting. The players must stay confident and believe in the team.

- This Thursday the women take on North Carolina who recently demolished a good Clemson squad, holding them to 16 field goals on 62 attempts. The Tarheels play tough defense and is always a good rebounding team.

- Wolfpack Guard Rachel Stockdale has been out of action with a knee injury. Coach Yow and her staff had hoped that holding Rachel out of the non-conference games would get her ready for ACC play, but her first day back the knee swelled and she was not able to go against Maryland or Wake Forest.

- When asked about ACC counterpart Duke's huge win over UCONN, Coach Yow was obviously happy for the Blue Devils. It was a big win for Duke and they kept the Huskies from setting the national home winning-streak record. It also showed that UCONN is vulnerable to full-court pressure and that's what Duke used to get back in the game.

- Coach Yow pointed out that Wolfpack Point Guard Nanna Rivers is the leader of the team, stating that she had been elected team captain by her peers. She has maximized her potential at NC State through hard work and is a great example for the team. Coach Yow hopes that others on the team will join Nanna as "leaders," particularly the top players because that's what most of the successful teams have.

- NC State has a strong freshman class this season, led by Keisha Brown and Marquetta Dickens. Brown has been working at the small and power forward positions but has recently been concentrating solely at power forward, a move that will hopefully maximize her potential. Dickens is a very agressive player and Coach Yow likes that. She wishes it would rub off on other players because the team needs another scorer to step up and join Center Kaayla Chones in double figures.

- Dickens has been playing with her hand wrapped due to a sprained thumb. At one point this season, five players on the team had hand injuries.

- At times Coach Yow has played up to 12 players in a game but is starting to settle on a solid 8 or 9 rotation that she feels comfortable with.

- During the Wake game the staff felt they used a nice mixture of play-calling and transition offense. There were two main sets that they implemented for the game and wanted to focus on establishing a transition offense against the Deacons.

- When asked about the team visiting the basketball Hall of Fame, Coach Yow commented that she didn't want to do it, but the other coaches on the staff and the players felt it was the right thing to do. They were only twenty minutes away and enjoyed the tour.

- Expansion is coming to the ACC and it's going to be very beneficial for women's basketball, according to Coach Yow. Boston College and Virginia Tech are currently ranked in the latest polls and those two along with Miami all made the NCAA tournament last year. Those additions will only make the league stronger.

- The final point of the day from the Hall of Fame coach is that women's basketball is still growing, as more girls are picking up the game at an early age. Parity is across the country and through fan support the sport can continue to grow.

- Those were some of the key notes from Head Women's Basketball Coach Kay Yow's luncheon at Playmakers. Next week, Men's Basketball Assistant Coach Larry Hunter will be the featured guest at the "Coaches Corner."


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