Missouri State hires Kellie Harper as new women's basketball coach

Kellie Harper, fired two weeks ago at North Carolina State, is the new women's basketball coach at Missouri State.

The university on Wednesday said Harper has agreed to a five-year contract paying $145,000 in annual base salary, plus $60,000 for radio and television shows. The contract also includes performance incentives.

Harper has a career record of 167-128 in nine seasons combined at North Carolina State and Western Carolina, including three NCAA tournament appearances and four in the Women's NIT. As a player she was part of three national championship teams at Tennessee and was an honorable mention All-American as a senior in 1999.

She inherits a team that returns nine players next season. Nyla Milleson's contract was not renewed after the Lady Bears were 14-17 in 2012-13.