College women's basketball: Lisa Stone expected to be named Saint Louis coach

2012-05-01T04:50:00Z 2013-07-17T17:12:50Z College women's basketball: Lisa Stone expected to be named Saint Louis coachDENNIS PUNZEL | Wisconsin State Journal | | 608-252-6486 | @dpunz

Lisa Stone appears to be getting back in the coaching game.

Stone, the former University of Wisconsin women's basketball coach, is expected to be announced this week as the new women's coach at Saint Louis University, according to sources involved in college women's basketball.

Stone, however, said it is not yet a done deal.

"Nothing official yet," she said in a text message.

Stone, who will turn 50 in July, would succeed Shimmy Gray-Miller, who was dismissed March 3 after seven years at SLU, where she had a 71-136 record. She never had a winning record in her seven seasons. The Billikens were 11-20 last season, including a 48-46 loss to UW at the Kohl Center.

The previous year, her final season at UW, Stone coached the Badgers to a 60-32 victory at Saint Louis.

SLU athletics director Chris May said the program hadn't performed up to expectations when he announced Gray-Miller's dismissal.

"Women's basketball is a premier athletic program at SLU for which we have high expectations," May said. "With the unmatched St. Louis University education, the state-of-the-art Chaifetz Arena and fertile recruiting grounds in St. Louis and the Midwest, SLU women's basketball has all of the tools required to compete on a national level."

Stone coached the Badgers for eight years, compiling a 128-119 record (.518). Her teams had a 95-68 record (.583) over her final five seasons.

In Big Ten Conference play, her teams posted a 56-78 record (.418), but went 20-14 over her final two seasons, finishing tied for third place each season.

She was named Big Ten coach of the year in 2009-10 when she led the Badgers to a 21-11 record and their only NCAA tournament berth during her tenure.

Stone was dismissed after the 2010-11 season when the Badgers went 16-15. She was replaced by Bobbie Kelsey.

Stone's coaching career spans 26 years, including three years at Cornell (Iowa) College, 12 at UW-Eau Claire and three at Drake before coming to UW. Her career record is 503-237 (.680).

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