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NC State women top Clemson 56-45

Thursday - 3/7/2013, 4:23pm  ET

Clemson's Nikki Dixon (21) drives past North Carolina's Kody Burke (44) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, March 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Kody Burke scored 16 points and North Carolina State rallied past Clemson 56-45 on Thursday in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Marissa Kastanek added 14 points for the eighth-seeded Wolfpack (16-15).

They held the Tigers without a field goal for the final 6-plus minutes and closed the game with a 16-1 run to advance to face No. 6 and top-seeded Duke on Friday in a rematch of a 2012 quarterfinal won by N.C. State.

Nikki Dixon scored 11 points for ninth-seeded Clemson (9-21), which went up 44-40 on Chancie Dunn's three-point play with 6:14 left. The Tigers missed their final nine shots.

Kastanek put N.C. State ahead to stay with a 3-pointer that made it 47-44 with just under 3 minutes left and Burke followed that with five quick points.

The Wolfpack have won at least one tournament game each year under fourth-year coach Kellie Harper.


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