N.C. State women’s basketball head coach Wes Moore has reached his share of milestones at the helm of the No. 5 Wolfpack, particularly over the past four years.
That doesn’t mean it gets old for the veteran coach, now in his 11th year leading N.C. State.
Moore recorded his 250th victory in a game that also saw a “first,” as well: The Pack won its inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge matchup against previously unbeaten Vanderbilt, 70-62.
N.C. State (8-0) began the season unranked, a handful of points shy of making the AP Top 25. But wins over top-5 UConn and Colorado have vaulted the Pack into the top 5 itself, and it backed that up Wednesday with a win.
Saniya Rivers, who finished with a game-high 22 points, led N.C. State, while Aziaha James, River Baldwin and Zoe Brooks also finished in double figures with 14, 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Baldwin also collected a team-best 10 rebounds, securing her first double-double of the season.
The Pack held early edges of 15-11 and 18-14, while Vanderbilt never led by more than a single point. But N.C. State used a 17-7 run to close the period and establish a lead it never relinquished. The Wolfpack stretched its advantage to as many as 11 points late in the second and carried a 35-26 lead into halftime.
A James 3-pointer keyed an early third-quarter run for the Pack and by the fourth quarter, the home team stretched its lead to 26, at 62-36.
The Commodores trimmed N.C. State’s lead to single digits with 2:13 to play before the Pack clamped down and secured the win
N.C. State returns to action at home Sunday, hosting Illinois State at 2 p.m.