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Beavers had worst season since '89-90

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Judy Spoelstra was fired as Oregon State's basketball coach Monday after a season in which the Beavers lost 17 of 18 Pacific-10 Conference games.

The Beavers had an overall record of 6-23, their worst mark since 1989-90.

"This was a very difficult decision, but we felt it was time for our women's basketball program to go in a different direction," athletic director Bob De Carolis said in a statement.

Spoelstra led Oregon State to the NCAA Tournament in 1996, her first year. The Beavers lost to Stephen F. Austin in the first round and then failed to post a winning record until 2001, when the Beavers started a run of four straight seasons in the NIT.

Spoelstra told The Oregonian that she and her staff were "stunned" by the decision.

"The last four seasons in the postseason, doing some good things that were the goals of the program -- we had that year of losing and I guess that's it," she said.

In her 10 years as coach, Spoelstra had a 133-158 overall record and a 67-113 mark in the Pac-10.

Spoelstra played for Oregon State in the early 1980s and returned to Corvallis after coaching Montana State for six seasons.