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Borton led Gophers to first Final Four

MINNEAPOLIS -- Pam Borton, who guided the Minnesota women's
basketball team to its first Final Four appearance last season, is
expected to sign a three-year contract extension that could keep
her at the university through 2011.

Athletics Director Joel Maturi said Thursday that lawyers for
both sides were ironing out the language and that he was optimistic
Borton would sign. Maturi said he didn't know how soon the contract
would be completed, but added there's no rush.

Borton, who has four years left on her current contract, didn't
immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Maturi characterized Borton's current pay -- reportedly about
$200,000 -- as "low." He said the new contract would put her at
about the middle of the Big Ten pack.

"It's headed in the right direction," Maturi said.

Borton, 39, became Minnesota's third head coach in as many years
in 2002 and has a 50-15 record with the Gophers. She's also served
as an assistant coach at Vermont and Boston College.

Last year, the Gophers earned a seventh seed in the NCAA
Tournament and advanced to the Final Four, where they lost to
eventual national champion Connecticut.