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RALEIGH, N.C. - Markeisha Gatling had 14 points and nine rebounds, and Kody Burke added 12 points and nine boards in leading NC State to a 60-55 win over Richmond in the first round of the Postseason Women's NIT.
NC State (17-16) will play at James Madison on Sunday at 2 p.m., in Harrisonburg, Va., in the second round of the WNIT. The Dukes won 77-62 over North Carolina A&T in other first-round action.
"Coming into this game we knew it would be a tough matchup, given their style of basketball," said NC State head coach Kellie Harper. "They're a solid basketball team. I'm really proud of our team down the stretch when we had to make a play, we made one on defense and on offense. We made our free throws down the stretch, so I'm really proud of our team finding a way to get it done."
The Wolfpack led 28-24 at the half, but went cold from the field over the first 12:30 of the second half, making just three shots over that time frame. That allowed the Spiders to crawl back into the game, and ultimately go ahead 41-35 on a steal and layup by Amber Nichols with just over seven minutes left.