April 16, 2009

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -North Carolina State has named Western Carolina's Kellie Harper to follow Kay Yow as its next women's basketball coach.

In a news conference in Reynolds Coliseum Thursday, university chancellor James Oblinger said Harper's hiring would represent a "new chapter in N.C. State's women's basketball program." Oblinger said it was a "thorough and emotional" process to find a successor for Yow, the Hall of Famer who died in January after a long fight against cancer.

Harper had spent the past five years at Western Carolina and also played for Pat Summitt as part of Tennessee's three straight national championship teams from 1996-98.

Harper will have a five-year contract with a base salary of $247,000.