Opp compiled 23-85 record with Salukis

Updated: March 9, 2004, 5:57 PM ET

CARBONDALE, Illinois -- Southern Illinois dismissed women's basketball coach Lori Opp on Tuesday.

Opp had a dreadful 23-85 record, including an 11-61 mark in Missouri Valley Conference games, in four years at the school.

"This was a tough decision to make because I like and respect Lori so much," said Salukis director of athletics Paul Kowalczyk. "But we needed to see more progress from the program."

A search will begin immediately for Opp's replacement.