Yow celebrates milestone
By Mike Ogle, Special to CNNSI.com
N.C. State coach Kay Yow became the fifth women's basketball coach in NCAA history to reach the 600-win plateau on Jan. 11.
Yow made the mark when her No. 19 Wolfpack squad held off Temple 71-64 in front of 3,371 home fans.
N.C. State (11-4) was able to pull ahead and away from the Owls thanks to a 10-0 run in the waning minutes of the second half. Tynesha Lewis led the way for the Wolfpack with 21 points, and Carisse Moody added 18 points and 10 rebounds in the win.
Yow has compiled a 600-243 overall record in 30 years of coaching and a 543-225 clip in her 25 years in Raleigh, N.C.
Wolfpack, Tar Heels set to battle
Yow will go for win No. 601 on Jan. 14 in a big conference matchup at rival North Carolina, but UNC will likely be short-handed.
Six-foot-5 center LaShonda Allen broke a bone in her left hand in the Tar Heels' 78-76 loss to Virginia on Jan. 11 and is listed as doubtful for this weekend's game against the Wolfpack. Allen has started four games this year, including the last three, and is averaging 3.2 points and 3.9 rebounds.
UNC (8-6 overall, 2-3 in the ACC) has seen its share of injuries so far this season. Starting guard Juana Brown missed two games with a sprained knee and forward LaQuanda Barksdale, the ACC's scoring and rebounding leader, missed a half while suffering from an allergic reaction.
The Tar Heels will venture outside the confines of familiar confines of Carmichael Auditorium for the second time this season for a home game. The N.C. State game will take place in the Dean Smith Center as part of an attendance challenge.
UNC is trying to break the nine-year-old ACC record of 14,500 fans set Feb. 11, 1992 when No. 1 Maryland and No. 2 Virginia tangled at Cole Field House. UNC is 10-7 in games at the Smith Center and lost there earlier this year to Old Dominion.
Butler, Tillis get weekly honors
Georgia Tech's Niesha Butler earned ACC player-of-the-week honors last week as the Yellow Jackets (10-5, 2-3) went 2-1 in league games against UNC, Florida State and Virginia.
Butler averaged 19.3 points on the week and notched 25 in Georgia Tech's first win at North Carolina in 10 years. The guard has scored in double figures in every game this season and is averaging 17.2 a game, tied for fourth in the conference. She is the first Yellow Jacket to receive the award since 1998.
Meanwhile, Duke forward Iciss Tillis became the third different Blue Devil to be named ACC rookie of the week.
Tillis had 16 points, six rebounds and three blocks against Wake and 19 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks against Florida State.
A Duke player has been Rookie of the Week every week but one this season. Alana Beard and Rometra Craig have also earned the award.
Mike Ogle is a reporter for The Daily Tar Heel, the student paper that serves the University of North Carolina.