Illinois ousts Law as head coach

Mar 3, 2012 - 12:00 AM Champaign, IL (Sports Network) - The University of Illinois announced Friday that Jolette Law was released as head women's basketball coach.

Over five seasons at Illinois, Law compiled a record of 69-93, including 11-19 this season. This season finished with a 68-53 loss to Michigan in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. Law's Big Ten record in her five seasons was 27-59.

"Jolette worked extremely hard the last five years, but I feel the program needs new leadership for us to compete for championships," Illinois athletics director Mike Thomas said. "We wish Jolette and her staff nothing but the best as they move on to other challenges and opportunities. We'll begin a national search immediately to locate the very best coach for the Fighting Illini."

During her tenure at Illinois, Law's teams never finished higher than a tie for eighth in the Big Ten. She was released from the school with two years remaining on her contract.

"I have found great joy in coaching, teaching and guiding a group of remarkable young women," Law said in a statement. "We have laid a good foundation for great things to happen in the near future. I wish nothing but the best for Mr. Thomas, the program, the University and of course my student- athletes."

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