N.C. State and UNC are far out West in the first round of a pair of women’s holiday basketball tournaments today, and they’re facing far different climates.

N.C. State guard Emili Tasler
  • Photo courtesy NCSU athletics
  • N.C. State guard Emili Tasler

The Wolfpack is battling the cold, taking on host Nevada in the first round of the Nugget Classic in Reno, Nev. It’s the first meeting between the two schools.

San Diego State will take on Minnesota in the other first-round game Friday afternoon.

Meanwhile the No. 14 Tar Heels are in Honolulu to take on winless Washington State in the first round of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown. The Tar Heels will play either Long Beach State or Illinois in the semifinal round on Saturday, with the title game on Sunday.

N.C. State vs. Nevada
[Friday, 4 p.m., Lawlor Events Center]
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Records: NCSU 3-2; Nevada 3-1.
Coaches’ records — NCSU: Kellie Harper 120-81, 23-16 at NCSU; Nevada: Jane Albright 435-343, 38-31 at Nevada.
Leading scorers — NCSU: Marissa Kastanek 17.0; Nevada: Tahnee Robinson 25.2.
Leading rebounders — NCSU: Bonae Holston 10.0; Nevada: Kayla Williams 11.0.
Assist leaders — NCSU: Emili Tasler 3.2; Nevada: Amanda Johnson 4.0.

No. 14 UNC vs. Washington State
[Friday, 5:15 p.m., Sheriff Center]
Records: UNC 4-0; WSU 0-4.
Coaches’ records — UNC: Sylvia Hatchell 835-294, 562-214 at UNC; WSU: June Daugherty 338-279, 24-66 at WSU.
Leading scorers — UNC: Italee Lucas 17.0; WSU: Rosetta Adzasu 11.2.
Leading rebounders — UNC: Jessica Breland 8.8; WSU: Jazmine Perkins 6.5.
Assist leaders — UNC: Cetera DeGraffenreid 6.5; WSU: Rosetta Adzasu 5.8.