Women’s National Invitation Tournament

NC State heads back to WNIT

News ServicesMarch 19, 2013 

— N.C. State women’s basketball will make its 31st postseason appearance after receiving a bid to the 2013 Postseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament on Monday night.

The Wolfpack will host Richmond on Thursday at Reynolds Coliseum. A game time will be announced Tuesday.

WNIT tickets go on sale Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., on GoPack.com or by phone at 919-865-1510.

Sixty-four teams make up the WNIT field, with 29 automatic berths and 35 at-large teams. The Wolfpack (16-16) earned one of the at-large berths, which requires an overall record of .500 or better to be considered for selection.

This is the Wolfpack’s third postseason appearance in four seasons under the leadership of head coach Kellie Harper. She led her first N.C. State team to the 2010 NCAA tournament and guided last year’s squad to the 2012 WNIT.

“We look forward to the opportunity to play postseason basketball and continue our season,” Harper said. “This tournament has quality teams in the field, and I’m excited our club has been selected to be a part of the WNIT.”

Senior all-conference first-team selection and ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year Marissa Kastanek (12.8 ppg) and junior Kody Burke (13.5 ppg) lead this year’s edition of the Wolfpack.

N.C. State is 1-2 all-time against Richmond. Should the Wolfpack advance, it would play the winner of James Madison and North Carolina A&T with a time, date and location to be determined by the WNIT.

The Charlotte 49ers and Davidson Wildcats also are among several other North Carolina teams headed to the tournament.

The 49ers (24-5) will face Appalachian State (20-10) on Thursday at Halton Arena, while Davidson (21-12) will head to Old Dominion (19-11), also on Thursday. Game times will be released Tuesday.

It’s the 11th consecutive season Charlotte has made the postseason. The 49ers, who lost in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament, are led by league player of the year Jennifer Hailey. Appalachian State, which lost to Chattanooga in the semifinals of the Southern Conference tournament last week, is led by forward Anna Freeman, who averages 16.4 points and 8.8 rebounds.

Staff writer David Scott contributed.

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