The Wolfpacker

November 2012

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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S BKB PREVIEW 12-13 BY BRIAN RAPP he's the shortest player on the NC State women's basketball roster, at 5-4, and has the longest name on the back of her jersey. But Wolfpack junior point guard Myisha Goodwin-Coleman commands attention for much more than her stature (or relative lack of it) and her hyphenated last name, which honors parents Pamela Goodwin and Barry Coleman. The Lorton, Va., native is not only one of the Pack's most experienced floor leaders in recent years, with 45 starts at the point since 2010, but the most effective out- side scoring threat at the position in a decade, "It's making a big difference in practice. She's one of those kids that people are drawn to, that people will follow, and I've been re- ally proud of how she's taken on that role." Goodwin-Coleman makes it clear she is ready for this season. "I can't wait," she said. "I really don't show a lot of emotion, but I am excited! I can't believe how much time has flown by, that I've already played two years here. It's winding down, but I really feel good about this year." There's ample reason for those good feel- Junior Myisha Goodwin-Coleman Gives The Pack Veteran Leadership At Point Guard The Floor General with 88 three-point shots made (out of 257 attempts) in her first two seasons in Raleigh. She has a career scoring average of 7.2 points per game, and tallied 9.0 points per contest last year — fourth best on the team in her first full season as a starter. "Anybody who's seen me play knows my game, knows the three-pointer is my shot," Goodwin-Coleman said. "It's always been an integral part of my game; scoring's always been a big part, along with getting my team- mates open, finding them and kicking them the ball." Now in her third year in Raleigh, and second as the Pack's floor general, Good- win-Coleman will be taking on additional responsibilities as the team's second-most- experienced perimeter player, behind senior guard Marissa Kastanek. With that experience comes the mantle of leadership — a role for which Pack head coach Kellie Harper feels her junior point guard is a perfect fit. "One of the biggest differences in the team from this time a year ago is how much Myi- sha is taking on a leadership role," Harper said shortly after preseason practices began Oct. 11. "She's been very vocal, and that's huge. It's not something that's just happened — she's worked on this; she's consciously trying to help her teammates, and we need that from her. 68 ■ THE WOLFPACKER year were the 10th most in a single season in Pack program history, beating out Kastanek as the team's top long-range threat for the first time in three years. Her 36.5-percent accuracy from the three- point stripe was seventh-best in the ACC (second on the team behind Kastanek's 37.7 percent). She also finished in the top 10 in the conference in assists (3.8 per game, fourth), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3:1, sixth) and steals (2.1 per game, ninth). Her 132 assists last season coupled with 113 dishes as a freshman (second-most ever for a first-year Pack player) made Goodwin- Coleman the first NC State player to accu- mulate 100 or more assists in each of her first two seasons since Angie Armstrong (with 136 and 150, respectively) in 1979-80 and '80-81. "Passing is probably the part of the game I enjoy most," Goodwin-Coleman said. "If I'm not having a good shooting night — or even if I am — if it's just making a straight pass to an open teammate or making a no-look pass, there's just something about it I really, really like." Another aspect of the game that Goodwin- Goodwin-Coleman averaged 9.0 points per game last season and finished in the top 10 in the conference in assists (3.8 per game, fourth) and steals (2.1 per game, ninth). PHOTO BY ROB BRADLEY ings, starting with Goodwin-Coleman's num- bers from 2011-12. Her 58 made treys last

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