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NC State fires Kellie Harper after four seasons

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina State has fired women's basketball coach Kellie Harper after four seasons.

The school said Tuesday that the 35-year-old former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga assistant wouldn't return after missing the NCAA tournament for the third straight year. Harper, a former player under Tennessee's Pat Summitt, was the successor to late Hall of Famer Kay Yow, who died in 2009 after a long fight with cancer.

Harper's first team went 20-14, made a surprise run to the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament final and reached the NCAAs in 2010. But that season ended up being the high point.

The Wolfpack never reached 20 wins again, going just 50-50 with a 16-32 mark in ACC play and two trips to the WNIT in the past three seasons.

Harper spent three years on Wes Moore's staff at Chattanooga before enjoying a successful five-year run as head coach at Western Carolina.

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