Pizzotti 54 games under .500

Updated: March 2, 2005, 4:36 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Saint Louis University fired coach Jill Pizzotti on Wednesday, following a 4-23 season and a 12-42 record over the last two years.

The 38-year-old Pizzotti, who played at Southeast Missouri State, was 113-167 in 10 years at Saint Louis. Her best season was in 2002-03, when the Billikens earned a bid to the Women's NIT.

Saint Louis never made it to NCAA Tournament under Pizzotti.

"After a thorough review of all aspects of our women's program, we have decided to move in a new direction," athletic director Cheryl Levick said.

Pizzotti's teams were successful in the classroom, twice being named to the Academic Top 25 team. Saint Louis also won the Conference USA women's basketball academic award for the highest team grade-point average each of the past two seasons and four times overall.

"You work to try to have your kids reach their potential, both in the classroom and on the court," Pizzotti said. "Based upon how our program has grown and how competitive we have been, the program has made a lot of strides in the last 10 years."

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