by Mike Potter
One more win for Kellie Harper's team means the Wolfpack will win at least as many games as it loses this season and almost certainly be headed for post-season play.
At least two projected brackets currently have State among the final teams eliminated from NCAA Tournament consideration, so every win is a good win.
Tonight at 6:30, the Wolfpack will host Boston College in a "Pack the House" game at Reynolds Coliseum, with tickets going for just $1. It's the opener of a cable TV doubleheader in ACC women's basketball, with No. 8 Duke's game at No. 19 Georgia Tech the nightcap on Fox Sports.
BC, coached by Sylvia Crawley who played on UNC's NCAA championship team in 1994, beat the Wolfpack 83-66 on Jan. 10 in Chestnut Hill.
Amber White (pictured) is the Wolfpack's assist leader.
Duke has won 29 straight meetings with Georgia Tech. A Blue Devil victory tonight would mathematically eliminate Georgia Tech in the race for the top seed in the ACC Tournament, and cut their "magic number" to clinch the top seed to two.
Tonight will be the Yellow Jackets' PinkZone game.
N.C. State vs. Boston College
[Friday, 6:30 p.m., Reynolds Coliseum]
BC leads series 5-4.
Records: NCSU 14-10, 4-5; BC 14-11, 5-5.
Audio: WKNC-FM 88.1,GoPack.com.
Video: Fox Sports Carolinas.
Coaches' records - BC: Sylvia Crawley 75-48, 37-23 at BC; NCS: Kellie Harper 111-76, 14-11 at NCSU.
Leading scorers - BC: Carolyn Swords 14.4; NCSU: Bonae Holston 11.9.
Leading rebounders - BC: Carolyn Swords 9.6; NCSU: Bonae Holston 6.1.
Assist leaders - BC: Jaclyn Thoman 4.1; NCSU: Amber White 3.1.
No. 8 Duke at No. 19 Georgia Tech
[Friday, 8:30 p.m., Alexander Coliseum, Atlanta]
Duke leads series 50-7.
Records: Duke 21-4, 9-1 ACC; GT 20-6, 6-4.
Audio: WDNC-AM 620, GoDuke.com; RamblinWreck.cstv.com.
Video: Fox Sports Net South.
Coaches' records - Duke: Joanne P. McCallie 389-168, 73-20 at Duke; GT: MaChelle Joseph 126-80.
Leading scorers - Duke: Jasmine Thomas 15.8; GT: Brigitte Ardossi 15.3.
Leading rebounders - Duke: Krystal Thomas 7.2; GT: Brigitte Ardossi 7.5.
Assist leaders - Duke: Jasmine Thomas 4.3; GT: Deja Foster 3.7.