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Minnesota fires women's coach Borton

The Minnesota Golden Gophers fired head women's basketball coach Pam Borton on Friday.

Borton had a record of 236-152 in 12 seasons as coach of the team and led the program to six NCAA Tournament appearances, including a 2004 Final Four appearance and three WNIT berths.

Minnesota was 22-13 this season, including an 8-8 mark in the Big Ten. The Golden Gophers lost to South Dakota State Thursday in the third round of the WNIT.

"I am grateful for my 12 seasons at the University of Minnesota," Borton said in a statement. "This is a great state and university, and I have enjoyed becoming a part of this community.

"I want to thank my players and staff over the years. We've accomplished a lot together and they have made the experience truly special. I want to give a special thanks to our current players and staff. They are a great group and I have enjoyed coaching and working with them every day."

Assistant coach Kelly Roysland will take over as head coach on an interim basis, with a national search underway for the 11th head coach in the history of the women's program.