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Pam Borton

head coach • eighth season

As Pam Borton heads into her eighth season at the helm of the women’s basketball program at the University of Minnesota, her philosophy and system are firmly in place. Her teams have been built, and will continue to be built, on the ethic of hard work paying dividends. Borton’s Golden Gophers play with a focused tenacity, the same quality these young women display in the classroom and in their everyday lives. Athletic success on the surface breaks down to the simple wins and losses. The Golden Gopher program obviously relishes its tradition of success on the court, however to those lucky few who don the Maroon and Gold, there is so much more. One can point to postseason appearances in every season that Borton has graced the sidelines and although impressive in itself, there is still more to be proud of. A deeper look reveals signposts such as nationally ranked attendance averages and academic achievements that have the Golden Gophers building upon an accomplished, proud and lasting tradition. In the coaching realm where 20-win seasons are significant indicators of success, Borton has averaged 20 wins over her 11 seasons as a head coach, including an average of 22 wins per season in her seven years at Minnesota. Along the way, with Borton at the reigns, Minnesota has enjoyed seasons with 25 or more wins three times, six NCAA Tournament appearances, three Sweet Sixteens, as well as a magical ride to the Final Four in 2004. Borton owns a career coaching record of 221-119 and a Minnesota mark of 152-73. Her teams have accomplished 3.0 grade point averages in every semester since her arrival in the Twin Cities, while boasting the most Academic All-Big Ten honorees (43) over the last seven years. Minnesota enjoyed another 20-win season in 2008-09 compiling a 20-12 record and advancing to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. The season’s journey was highlight by the program’s first win at Ohio State and a thrilling NCAA upset at Notre Dame. Emily Fox was drafted by the Minnesota Lynx in the 2009 WNBA Draft, marking the third player in Gopher history (Lindsay Whalen, 2004; Janel McCarville, 2005) to be drafted in the league. The Gophers posted a 20-12 record in 2007-08 and earned the program’s seventh bid into the NCAA Tournament. Three players – Fox, Leslie Knight and Ashley Ellis-Milan – were accorded All-Big Ten acclaim, marking the fourth time in Minnesota women’s basketball history, and 44 * Minnesota Basketball

first since 2005, that the Gophers celebrated three all-conference honorees. Borton collected her 200th career coaching victory late in the season with a 69-54 victory over Indiana on Feb. 28, 2008. Borton celebrated her 100th victory at Minnesota during the 200607 season with a 70-67 victory over Kent State in the Northern Arizona Thanksgiving Tournament. She added an exclamation point to number 100 by accomplishing the feat faster than any other coach, men or women, in modern Golden Gopher history. Borton successfully completed one of her most successful seasons of teaching when she molded her 200607 squad, tabbed the second-youngest team in the nation starting the season with eight freshmen and one senior, into a team that posted a winning record (17-16) and advanced to the second-round of the WNIT. The season marked the emergence of Emily Fox, who went on earn All-Big Ten Second Team accord and a spot on the USA Pan American team. Borton’s charges also perform at the highest level in the classroom, combining for a 3.2 grade point average during the 2006-07 school year. The Gophers have earned a team GPA of over 3.0 in every semester that she has been the head coach. In 2005, Minnesota was honored by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) for having one of the nation’s top 25 team GPAs. Led by ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honoree Leslie Knight, the Gophers had five of six eligible players honored on the Academic All-Big Ten Team a year ago. The Gophers marked a 19-10 record in 2005-06 and advanced to their fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament. Minnesota extended their streak of national rankings in the Associated Press Poll to a school-record 83 consecutive weeks and finished the season ranked No. 25. Coach Borton was the first coach in Big Ten history to lead a school to 25 or more wins in each of her

2009-10 Minnesota Women's Basketball Media Guide  
2009-10 Minnesota Women's Basketball Media Guide  

The official media and recruiting guide for the 2009-10 University of Minnesota women's basketball team