"It was great to see the fans holding up those 600 wins signs after the game," said Yow. "We had a great crowd tonight. The fans have always been a part of our basketball family and they have really helped us win a lot of those close games at Reynolds Coliseum."
The game may have started off slowly, but the pace picked up rapidly once the Wolfpack offense started to click. The defense was there all along, one that forced 18 Seton Hall turnovers in the first half. The Pirates fought back on the boards as they outrebounded the Pack 23-9 in the first period. And Blake went 6-for-9 from the floor to collect 12 points to lead all scorers before the break. NC State's 31-20 lead at the half took some time as the score remained in favor of the Pirates until the seven-minute mark. A steal by sophomore Marquetta Dickens led to two made free throws and from then on the Pack was ahead for good. The Tarboro, N.C. native, finished her first half with eight points, two assists and one steal. She finished the game with 10 points, her second double figure result this season.
"We came out really focused and we feel like we were a part of history tonight," said Dickens. "For anyone to have 600 wins is just amazing. I love Coach Yow and I think that she is just a great coach and a great person and it's an honor to be a part of this win."
The second half was much more productive as NC State hit all six of its three pointers of the nine it attempted. McDowell accounted for half of those, while sophomore Ashley Key, junior Monica Pope and senior Kendra Bell each hit one. NC State's defensive effort was also sharp as it held the Pirates to just 16 total points and forced an additional 12 turnovers. A rebounding margin of 23-to-15 also helped the Pack jump to an eventual 29-point lead at game's end.
"I have tried to express how I feel, but I can't seem to find the right words" said Yow. "We come out every night and play as hard as we can and then all of a sudden people are counting off 100, 200, 300 wins and so on. This is really a testament to great players, a great staff and the wonderful women's basketball tradition that we have here at NC State."
NC State finished the game with a season-high 65 points, while giving up a season-low 36 to its opponent. The Wolfpack also shot a season-best 43.3 percent from the floor, 26-of-60.
NC State will host the second of three home games on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2 p.m. against UAB.