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NC State Wolfpack Women's Basketball

University North Carolina State University
Conference ACC
Location Raleigh, NC|Raleigh, North Carolina|NC
Head coach Kellie Harper (1st year)
Arena Reynolds Coliseum
(Capacity: 9,500)
Nickname Wolfpack
Colors Red and White


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NCAA/AIAW Tournament Final Four
NCAA/AIAW Tournament Elite Eight
1978, 1998
NCAA/AIAW Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2007
NCAA/AIAW Tournament second round
1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2007
NCAA/AIAW Tournament appearances
1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010
Conference tournament champions
1980, 1985, 1987, 1991
Conference regular season champions
1978, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1990

The NC State Wolfpack women's basketball team is one of the most storied programs in women's college basketball history.


The Early Days (1974-1981)[]

The women's basketball team at NC State had its beginnings in 1974. Under first head coach Robert "Peanut" Doak, North Carolina State won the first game it played 57-45 over the Virginia Cavaliers on December 7, 1974 en route to an 11-4 final record.

Kay Yow, the former head coach of the Elon Phoenix, was hired July 1, 1975 as coordinator of women's athletics and women's basketball coach. Coach Yow began her legendary coaching career on December 6, 1975 and recorded her first win with the Wolfpack, a 68-64 triumph over the College of Charleston Cougars, on January 10, 1976. On January 27, 1976, the Wolfpack beat the North Carolina Tar Heels 68-58 in the first televised women's basketball game in North Carolina history. In her first season as the head coach, Kay Yow led her squad to the quarterfinals of the 1976 National Women's Invitation Tournament.

The 1977-78 season was a breakout year for the women's basketball program. On January 12, 1978, the Wolfpack beat the #1 Wayland Baptist Flying Queens 98-86 for its first ever win over a number one ranked team. In addition, the team won the inaugural ACC regular season championship and advanced to the Elite Eight of the AIAW Tournament where Wayland Baptist avenged its earlier season loss to the Wolfpack. NC State was ranked third in the final AP Poll of the 1977-78 season, its highest final ranking in school history.

On February 10, 1980, the Wolfpack won its first ACC Tournament championship with an 85-75 victory over the Maryland Terrapins. NC State finished the season undefeated in conference play, capturing the ACC regular season title as well. The Wolfpack advanced to the second round, which was the Sweet 16, of the AIAW Tournament in both 1980 and 1981, foreshadowing the success NC State would later enjoy in the NCAA Tournament

A Legend Emerges (1981-2009)[]

The NCAA began sanctioning women's college basketball during the 1981-82 season, and on March 13, 1982, the Wolfpack defeated the Northwestern Wildcats 75-71 in its first NCAA Tournament game. The team won the regular season ACC title for the third time in school history in the 1982-83 season.

On November 26, 1983, Kay Yow won her 200th career game with a 60-54 triumph over the Miami Hurricanes.

The 1984-85 season was a very successful season, with the Wolfpack women winning their fourth regular season and second ACC tournament championships. The Wolfpack defeated North Carolina 81-80 on March 3, 1985 to claim the ACC tournament title. NC State won its third ACC tournament title on March 2, 1987 with a 57-56 win over Virginia.

On February 18, 1988, Coach Yow defeated the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 62-61 to collect her 100th career ACC victory. During the offseason, Yow led the United States Olympic women's basketball team to a gold medal in the 1988 Olympics.

NC State won its fifth and final regular season ACC championship to date in the 1989-90 season.

The Wolfpack women set an ACC record for the most points scored in a game on December 8, 1990. NC State defeated the Western Carolina Catamounts 137-65 in a record that still stands today. On January 12, 1991, #3 NC State lost a triple-overtime game 123-120 to #2 Virginia. The 243 total points scored is an ACC record.

The Wolfpack captured its fourth and final ACC tournament title to date on March 4, 1991 by beating Clemson 84-61.

NC State made its deepest NCAA tournament run in 1998. On March 23, the Wolfpack defeated the Connecticut Huskies 60-52 to earn a birth in the Final Four. On March 27, North Carolina State took the floor in Kansas City to take on the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters, but the team ultimately fell 84-65.

On January 24, 1999, Coach Yow became the second coach to achieve 200 career ACC wins with NC State's 85-60 victory at Wake Forest. NC State retired the first set of women's basketball jerseys in school history on February 13, 2000. Genia Beasley, Trudi Lacey, Chasity Melvin, Linda Page, Andrea Stinson, Trena Trice, and Susan Yow each had her jersey retired.

On June 10, 2000, Coach Yow was one of 24 players and coaches inducted into the second class of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, and on September 27, 2002, Yow was enshrined into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Nine Wolfpack players, including Genia Beasley, Summer Erb, Trudi Lacey, Rhonda Mapp, Chasity Melvin, Linda Page, Andrea Stinson, Trena Trice and Susan Yow, were named to the ACC's 50th anniversary women's basketball team on September 25, 2002. The nine players were the second most of all ACC schools.

Coach Yow recorded her 600th win at NC State on December 2, 2004 with a 65-36 win over the Seton Hall Pirates. On January 22, 2006, Coach Yow coached her 1,000th career game when NC State beat the Dartmouth Big Green 78-43. She was one of only four NCAA Division I basketball coaches to coach 1,000 games. On February 5, 2007, she became just the sixth coach in Division I women's basketball history to win 700 games with a 68-51 victory over the Florida State Seminoles. The Reynolds Coliseum floor was renamed "Kay Yow Court" on February 16, 2007. That night, the Wolfpack upset #2 North Carolina 72-65. On March 18, 2007, Yow recorded her 650th win at NC State with a 84-52 defeat of the Robert Morris Colonials.[1]

Kay Yow died on January 24, 2009 after a long battle with breast cancer.[2] In her legendary career at NC State, she won almost 700 games, guided her teams to 20 NCAA tournaments, advanced to the Sweet 16 eleven times, and recorded 29 winning seasons.[3]

Kellie Harper Era (2009-present)[]

On April 16, 2009, former Tennessee Lady Volunteers player and Western Carolina Catamounts head coach Kellie Harper was named the third head coach in NC State women's basketball history. Lady Volunteers head coach Pat Summitt said, "North Carolina State is getting a young and rising star in the game in Coach Kellie Jolly Harper. I am proud for Kellie. I expect she will do a great job in a very competitive conference -- she has what it takes to be successful."[4]

Coach Harper picked up her first win as the Wolfpack head coach on November 13, 2009 with an 87-71 win over the Florida International Golden Panthers.[5]

All-Time Season Records[]

Season Coach Overall Record ACC Record Postseason
1974–1975 Robert Doak 11–4
1975–1976 Kay Yow 19–7 Women's NIT Quarterfinals
1976–1977 Kay Yow 21–3 AIAW Region II
1977–1978 Kay Yow 29–5 9–0 AIAW Elite Eight
1978–1979 Kay Yow 27–7 7–2 AIAW Region II
1979–1980 Kay Yow 28–8 9–0 AIAW Sweet 16
1980–1981 Kay Yow 21–10 7–2 AIAW Sweet 16
1981–1982 Kay Yow 24–7 11–2 NCAA Sweet 16
1982–1983 Kay Yow 22–8 12–1 NCAA 1st Round
1983–1984 Kay Yow 23–9 9–5 NCAA Sweet 16
1984–1985 Kay Yow 25–6 13–1 NCAA Sweet 16
1985–1986 Kay Yow 18–11 9–5 NCAA 2nd Round
1986–1987 Kay Yow 24–7 11–3 NCAA Sweet 16
1987–1988 Kay Yow 10–17 3–11
1988–1989 Kay Yow 24–7 12–2 NCAA Sweet 16
1989–1990 Kay Yow 25–6 12–2 NCAA Sweet 16
1990–1991 Kay Yow 27–6 9–5 NCAA Sweet 16
1991–1992 Kay Yow 16–12 7–9
1992–1993 Kay Yow 14–13 8–8
1993–1994 Kay Yow 13–14 6–10
1994–1995 Kay Yow 21–10 11–5 NCAA Sweet 16
1995–1996 Kay Yow 20–10 10–6 NCAA 2nd Round
1996–1997 Kay Yow 19–12 9–7 NCAA 1st Round
1997–1998 Kay Yow 25–7 12–4 NCAA Final Four
1998–1999 Kay Yow 17–12 9–7 NCAA 2nd Round
1999–2000 Kay Yow 20–9 11–5 NCAA 1st Round
2000–2001 Kay Yow 22–11 9–7 NCAA Sweet 16
2001–2002 Kay Yow 14–15 7–9
2002–2003 Kay Yow 11–17 6–10
2003–2004 Kay Yow 17–15 8–8 NCAA 1st Round
2004–2005 Kay Yow 21–8 10–4 NCAA 1st Round
2005–2006 Kay Yow 19–12 7–7 NCAA 1st Round
2006–2007 Kay Yow
Stephanie Glance
25–10 10–4 NCAA Sweet 16
2007–2008 Kay Yow 21–13 6–8 Women's NIT Semifinals
2008–2009 Kay Yow
Stephanie Glance
13–17 5–9
2009–2010 Kellie Harper 20–14 7–7 NCAA 1st Round
Totals 726–359 291–175


ACC Regular Season Champion
ACC Tournament Champion
ACC Regular Season and Tournament Champion


  1. [1] Women's Basketball History of Success
  2. [2] Coach Yow Peacefully Passes Saturday Morning
  3. [3] Kay Yow Bio
  4. [4] NC State Names Kellie Harper Head Women's Basketball Coach
  5. [5] Harper Chalks Up First Win At NC State
  6. [6] 2009-2010 Wolfpack Women's Basketball Media Guide

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