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Continued: Borton's 12-year tenure as Gophers women's basketball coach ends

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 29, 2014 - 8:25 AM

“We wanted to get in the NCAA tournament,” he said. “And there were times I was disappointed in our progress and our outcomes. … But [Borton] put her heart and soul into it for 12 years, and she deserves a lot of praise for that.”

Attendance had fallen off. The Gophers drew an average announced crowd of 9,703 during the 2003-04 season, compared to 3,178 this season.

One problem was in-state recruiting. While Borton did win such prize in-state recruits as Banham and Kayla Hirt, she missed out on several others, including Braham’s Rebekah Dahlman (who went to Vanderbilt) and Hopkins’ Nia Coffey (Northwestern), both McDonald’s All-America selections who graduated from high school in 2013.

Borton recruited a well-regarded incoming class that includes Wagner, who said she learned of Borton’s dismissal through a text message from a high school teammate.

“I wasn’t expecting this at all,” she said. “I’m surprised.”

Teague stressed that the new coach will need to develop strong ties to the state’s high school community, noting the talent the state produces on a yearly basis. In the meantime, he said, he will stay in contact with current players and the incoming recruiting class.

“It will be a top priority for me,” Teague said of the search.

 

Star Tribune staff writer Ron Haggstrom contributed to this report.

  • Incoming recruits

    Player Pos. High school

    Carlie Wagner Guard New Richland-Ellendale-Geneva High School

    Tory Jacobs Forward MacArthur (Texas) High School

    Rangie Bessard Forward Manvel (Texas) High School

    Josie Buckingham Center New Richmond (Ohio) High School

    Grace Coughlin Guard Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School

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