April 8, 2010

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -Missouri has hired Robin Pingeton of Illinois State to lead its struggling women's basketball program.

The former Iowa State assistant was introduced by athletic director Mike Alden at a Thursday morning news conference. Pingeton led the Redbirds to three straight 25-win seasons and was twice picked coach of the year in the Missouri Valley Conference.

She replaces Cindy Stein, who resigned last month after 12 seasons. Stein led Missouri to three NCAA tournaments, but the Tigers finished 10th or worse in the Big 12 the past three seasons.