Women's College Basketball

            === Minnesota tabs Stollings as women's hoops coach ===
 Minneapolis,  MN  (SportsNetwork.com) -  The University of Minnesota announced
 the  hiring of  Marlene Stollings as the 11th head women's basketball coach in
 program history on Monday.
 Stollings spent the last two seasons as the head coach at VCU and led the Rams
 to a 33-29 record. She replaces Pam Borton, who was fired Friday after guiding
 the  Golden  Gophers to a 236-152  record and six NCAA Tournament appearances,
 including a 2004 Final Four berth, over 12 seasons on the sidelines.
 "Marlene  Stollings is  one of the most respected young coaches in the country
 and  we are  thrilled to  have her  leading the  Minnesota women's  basketball
 program,"  Minnesota  athletic director  Norwood  Teague  said. "Her  up-tempo
 style, ability to recruit the nation's best talent and successful track record
 are  undeniable.  I am excited  for our  student-athletes and fans, as Marlene
 will bring an energetic style of basketball to Williams Arena."
 Prior  to  her stint at  VCU, Stollings led  a one-year resurgence at Winthrop
 University  in  2011-12. Under Stollings,  the Eagles posted just their second
 winning season in the last 26 years of the program.
 "I  am extremely  proud  to be  named  the  head coach  at  the University  of
 Minnesota," Stollings said. "I want to thank President Eric Kaler and Director
 of  Athletics Norwood Teague for believing in my vision for the future of this
 storied  program and  for  giving  me this  opportunity.  Minnesota has  great
 tradition  and I cannot wait to be part of it. I am looking forward to meeting
 the team and great fans of Gopher basketball."
 Stollings  also served as an assistant coach at Ole Miss from 2007-2010 before
 being named associate head coach for the 2010-11 campaign.
 04/07 15:00:35 ET

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