Winless Gophers women collapse again

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The poorest attempts to get a shot off during the last seven minutes of this game I have seen since I last saw a 3rd grade game. One on one with no chance of scoring short of a miracle. Always thought the job of a hoops coach is to get shots for his/her players. It was truly pathetic. Also, the defense was horrific in the second half. Most of these players are so slow that I wonder if they shouldn't try playing zone.

posted by olcoach73 on Jan. 20, 11 at 10:33 PM | 
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I dont like to knock college players because I am sure they are doing the best they know how. What I do question is the coach and poor recruiting she has done since she walked into a job her first and went to the final four but were none of her recruits. Borton is obviously a mediocre coach and poor recruiter and like the football coach, the U needs to make a coaching change at the end of the year. Another coach that got a big contract and has done nothing since. Time to bring back littlejohn!

posted by j_m_t_us on Jan. 20, 11 at 11:06 PM | 
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The Gophers women's basketball program under Pam Borton's tenure has been in steady decline the last five years and is in danger of becoming completely irrelevant in the Big 10 and on the national stage. The won-lost record is atrocious, the team gives away games in the second half, too many players fail to improve from season to season, Borton seems out of her depth as a bench coach, attendance continues to plummet, and Top 25 high school prospects from outside Minnesota rarely consent to visit the U let alone sign with the Gophers. Borton's defenders claim that she's doing her best and that may be true, but the cumulative evidence clearly demonstrates that her best simply isn't good enough. Her interpersonal people skills have reportedly improved since seven players fled the program after the 2005-06 season though those reports are in dispute, and some recruiting obstacles are beyond her control---Williams Arena for example is an obsolete relic compared to Pauley Pavillion, the Dean Dome, Maryland's basketball palace and other modern arenas---and hinder attempts to sign program changers like Maya Moore. The unfortunate reality, though, is that Borton's program is disintegrating and there is no apparent reason to have any confidence in her ability to repair the damage and make the Gophers a consistent winner and occasional championship contender again. Pam Borton's resignation or termination after this season is a necessary first step in restoring the Minnesota Golden Gophers to competitive respectability. Texas Longhorns assistant coach LaKale Malone is the first person Joel Maturi should interview to succeed Borton. Malone was a 4-year letterwinner at Indiana University in the late 1990s and has a sterling assistant coaching resume. She was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Nebraska 2005-07 and brought two high school All-Americans as well as 2010 NCAA All-American Kelsey Griffin to the Cornhuskers. Malone's recruiting success continues at Texas, where she joined head coach Gale Goestenkors' staff in 2007 and has helped bring three McDonald's All-Americans in as may seasons to the Longhorns program. She's made an even bigger impact at Texas with player development, helping four players achieve All-Big 12 honors. Malone has the experience, dedication and personality to have the same immediate impact with the Gophers that former Tennessee Lady Vols player and assistant coach Nikki Caldwell is having now in her second year as UCLA head coach. Caldwell's dynamic leadership has resuscitated the Bruins, who are 15-1 and ranked #8 in the nation. The Gophers need and deserve a coach who can teach, motivate, inspire and be relied upon to make astute game day decisions from the bench. Pam Borton clearly is not that coach and will never be that coach, and must be replaced.

posted by SeaShark on Jan. 21, 11 at 3:09 AM | 
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Why do so few people care about Gopher Women's basketball. Pam Borton should be fired today, if this was the mens coach who had been in the program this long and could not win a game in the Big Ten there would be a one sided discussion to fire the person. Why not Pam Borton???

posted by Royals on Jan. 21, 11 at 6:50 AM | 
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ANOTHER GREAT CONTRACT EXTENSION MATURI

posted by paddy691944 on Jan. 21, 11 at 7:12 AM | 
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SeaShark, well said. I think Maturi needs to spend $100,000 for another search firm to hire this coach. I've not been a Borton or Maturi supporter for many years. I stopped going to or watching the women play after last year....it's toooooooooo painful watching a bad product & a supposed coach who doesn't know how to adjust after halftime. I don't know how Maturi still has his job with what's going on in the athletic department. Maybe 1 good hire every 4 years(Jerry Kill) is good enough for him to keep his job. I'd like that performance base in my current position. just my opinion

posted by jpweisser on Jan. 21, 11 at 7:50 AM | 
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Joel's hands have been tied for years in dealing with Borton, because of her friends in Morrill Hall. Hopefully he will grow some and make a change now that her friends in Morrill Hall are on their way out... but don't hold your breath!

posted by nomorebrew on Jan. 21, 11 at 8:03 AM | 
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It is time for performance related contracts for U of M coaches. J Robinson's pay would go up, J. Anderson's pay would go up, T. Smiths pay would go up, P Borton's pay would go way, way down, etc. J. Maturi would not have a job if the Regents had any brains. The evaluation could be done by these bloggers, who obviously are experts in all athletic fields.

posted by dddickinson on Jan. 21, 11 at 8:19 AM | 
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As has been said here all season, the Gopher women are simply an awful basketball team. Losing big leads like they did once again last night has been and will continue to be the nature of this team all season. The sports writers can simply use the same headline for most of the games only having to change the name of the opponent, as the team works very hard to remain once again at the bottom of the conference heap. I am sure that the players are all outstanding folks who will earn degrees and contribute greatly to society after their college playing days are over. On the other hand, they are an awful basketball team!

posted by notsid on Jan. 21, 11 at 8:25 AM | 
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One thing that has not been stated strongly enough, I beleive, is the fact that these players all have very good credentials coming into this program. They are the elite of Minnesota talent. Unfortunately, they are not allowed to develop their skills the way other Big Ten coaches do with Minnesota recruits. Last nights game was a glaring example. I have no doubt whatsoever that we have plenty of raw talent to win, we just need a coaching staff that knows how to develop that talent. Once that happens and the team starts to win the games they should, recruiting will be much easier for, not only our own local talent, but also the out of state players that could help the team.

posted by dwg540 on Jan. 21, 11 at 8:36 AM | 
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