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NC State gets familiar foe on first day of ACC women's tourney

Posted March 7, 2013

— Postseason basketball in the ACC gets underway Thursday as the women take to the court at Greensboro Coliseum. Seeds five through 12 all play on opening day, including No. 8 seed NC State at 2 p.m. against Clemson.

The Wolfpack (15-15, 7-1 ACC) swept the season series against the Tigers, posting a 16-point win at Clemson (9-20, 5-13) to close the regular season after winning by 34 points on their home court just three weeks earlier. Thursday will mark the second meeting in five days between the two teams.

"It's easier to prepare for it because the scouting report is done," NC State head coach Kellie Harper said. "There are not a whole lot of changes that we're going to make to our scouting report that we just had at Clemson.”

A season ago, NC State entered the tournament in a similar situation as the No. 9 seed and were able to make a run to the semifinals after knocking off top-seeded Duke. They also reached the title game in 2010 under Harper.

"I think our players do understand that the tournament is special,” Harper said. I feel like they're starting to get into business mode. I really think they're focused right now."

NC State is playing better basketball in the recent days as they snapped a three-game skid by winning two in a row by a combined 37 points to finish up their regular-season slate. Six different players have scored in double figures over the last three games.

"We have several different players that have been able to put points on the board, and I think when we're clicking, when we've got a couple different people making shots or finding ways to score, it makes us so much harder to guard," Harper said.

Junior, and Raleigh native, Markeisha Gatling has averaged 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in the last two games, including a season-high 21 points last Thursday against Virginia.

Miami and Virginia Tech get things started in Greensboro on Thursday with the winner playing No. 4 Florida State, The NC State-Clemson winner will advance to play top-ranked Duke on Friday. That second-round game can be heard on 620 The Buzz at 2 p.m.

"We're going to do the same things we've done all year long, so our routine doesn't change a whole lot," said Harper.

Georgia Tech will take on Wake Forest in the 6 p.m. game and Virginia will play Boston College in the night cap with the winner moving on to play No. 3 North Carolina.

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Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
1st
SFG 0
KAN 0
 
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
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SMU 10
MEM 48
Final
ILL 28
MINN 24
Final
RICE 41
UNT 21
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NEB 42
RUTG 24
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KST 23
TEX 0
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ARK 45
UAB 17
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UVA 27
UNC 28
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EMICH 17
NILL 28
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NAVY 41
SJST 31
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BST 35
AKR 21
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GASTATE 31
GASO 69
Final
TOL 42
UMASS 35
Final
WMICH 42
OHIO 21
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COL 37
UCLA 40
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UMO 10
KSU 3
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WAKE 17
BC 23
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BUF 14
CMICH 20
 
Final
MARS 35
FATL 16
 
Final
PITT 28
GT 56
Final
SMISS 20
LATU 31
 
Final
MSU 35
MICH 11
 
Final
KENT 31
MSST 45
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
 
Final
TCU 82
TTU 27
Final
OKST 10
WVU 34
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
 
Final
UTST 34
UNLV 20
 
Final
MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
 
4th
UCF 34
TEMPL 14
 
3rd
WASU 16
ARZ 45
 
2nd
CLEM 3
SYR 3
 
Half
LAMON 13
TXST 0
 
Half
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 17
 
2nd
COLST 24
WYO 3
 
2nd
LSU 0
MISS 7
 
1st
TENN 0
ALA 20
 
2nd
AUB 7
SCAR 14
 
1st
PSU 0
OSU 0
 
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
2nd
TOR 0
BOS 1
 
2nd
NYI 3
DAL 3
 
2nd
PHI 0
DET 1
 
2nd
OTT 0
NJD 0
 
2nd
MON 1
NYR 1
 
1st
STL 0
CHI 1
 
1st
NAS 0
PIT 1
 
1st
MIN 2
TAM 1
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARI
FLA
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
WAS
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14