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Wisconsin terminates contract of women's basketball coach Bobbie Kelsey

The time has come for a change with the under-achieving women's basketball team.

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On Friday, Wisconsin Badgers women's basketball head coach Bobbie Kelsey was officially fired, according to Wisconsin Athletics. Kelsey's tenure in Madison ends with an overall record of 47-100, including a 19-65 conference record within the Big Ten.

Kelsey, who was an assistant coach for Boise State, Florida, Evansville, Western Carolina, Virginia Tech and Stanford before taking her first head coaching job with the Badgers, wasn't able to translate the great things her players did as students (21 Academic All-Big Ten honors, 100 percent graduation rate) into success on the court.

Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez sounded pleased with much of what Kelsey accomplished, but felt he needed to make a change based on the product on the court.

"I never say you have to win 'X' amount of games or you have to win a championship, but I have to see improvement and I have to feel that progress is going the right way," Alvarez told's Andy Baggot.

For her part, Kelsey seems to be grateful for the experience, rather than vengeful about how it came to a close.

"I can't say enough about my first experience as a collegiate head coach at this level," Kelsey told Baggot. "Until you do something you don't know how tough it is, but I learned so much."

Wisconsin announced its national search for a Kelsey's successor, which will be led by Alvarez and senior associate athletic director for sports administration, Terry Gawlik.