by Mike Potter
N.C. State needs to get things turned around quickly if it hopes to make post-season play in women’s basketball, and the Wolfpack has a chance to do that tonight.
Meanwhile No. 13 UNC (21-3, 7-2), which stayed in the race for the regular-season title with a 62-60 win over No. 5 Duke Monday night, will also be in action when it faces Clemson (10-14, 3-6) at Littlejohn Coliseum.
NCSU has been tough at home all season, with its three conference losses all by single digits.
Virginia leads the all-time series 35-31, but the Wolfpack ousted the Cavaliers from the ACC Tournament 66-59 last season.
The Tar Heels will be heavily favored over Clemson, which is guided by first-year coach Itoro Coleman.
UNC has won 15 straight over Clemson and leads the all-time series 48-26.
N.C. State vs. Virginia
[Thursday, 7 p.m., Reynolds Coliseum]
Audio: WKNC-FM 88.1.
Records: NCSU 10-13, 1-7 ACC; UVa 13-12, 2-7.
Coaches’ records — NCSU: Kellie Harper 125-92, 30-27 at NCSU; UVa: Debbie Ryan 733-320 at UVa.
Leading scorers — NCSU: Bonae Holston 15.9; UVa: Chelsea Shine 10.6.
Leading rebounders — NCSU: Bonae Holston 8.1; UVa: Chelsea Shine 5.3.
Assist leaders — NCSU: Amber White 3.6; UVa: Ariana Moorer 3.0.
No. 13 UNC vs. Clemson
[Thursday, 7 p.m., Littlejohn Coliseum]
Audio: WCHL 1360.
Records: UNC 21-3, 7-2 ACC; CU 10-14, 3-6.
Coaches’ records — UNC: Sylvia Hatchell 852-297, 580-217 at UNC; CU: Itoro Coleman 10-14 at Clemson.
Leading scorers — UNC: Italee Lucas 17.0; CU: Sthefany Thomas 12.5.
Leading rebounders — UNC: Laura Broomfield 7.7; CU: Jasmine Tate 7.1.
Assist leaders — UNC: Cetera DeGraffenreid 5.4; CU: Bryelle Smith 3.6.