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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, has
signed a contract extension that will keep her at the university
through 2011.

Terms of the contract were finalized two weeks ago, but the deal
was awaiting signatures.

"It's a good contract, and it's fair," Borton said.

Borton has four years left on her current contract.

Highlights of the new contract include a bump in base salary
from $150,000 to $180,000, with another bump to $200,000 the
following season, and bonuses for season-ticket sales, the Star
Tribune reported.

"It's our goal to make all of our coaches competitive in their
professional marketplace and reward them for a job well done,"
athletic director Joel Maturi said Wednesday. "This is a step in the right
direction with Coach Borton."

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.