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VCU's Marlene Stollings top candidate for 'U' women's basketball job

by Nate Sandell, 1500ESPN.com Updated 5 months ago | 2819 reads

Virginia Commonwealth University's Marlene Stollings is the leading candidate in the Minnesota Gophers' search for a new women's basketball head coach, a source told 1500ESPN.com contributor Darren Wolfson.

Stollings is coming off her second season at VCU. She led the Rams to a 22-10 record and an NIT bid last season, doubling the team's win total from her first year (11-19).

Gophers athletic director Norwood Teague has close ties to VCU, having served as the university's AD for six years prior to taking the job at Minnesota in 2012.

Before taking over as head coach at VCU, Stollings served one year in charge of Winthrop basketball program, earning Big South conference coach of the year honors.

Stollings has also had assistant coaching stints Ole Miss, Jackson University, St. Louis, Wright State and New Mexico State.

The Minnesota job opened up on March 28, when Pam Borton was fired after an up and down 12 years with the Gophers.

Nate Sandell is a contributor to 1500ESPN.com.
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