Clemson's head coach Audra Smith yells instructions to her team in the first quarter of an NCAA college basketball game with Florida State, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State won 80-47. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
Steve Cannon
July 18, 2017

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson trustees have approved a contract extension for women's basketball coach Audra Smith.

She led the team to 15 wins this past season after only four victories a year earlier. Smith's new deal runs through the 2020-21 season. She has not had a winning record in her four seasons with the Tigers, who have been under .500 for 13 straight years.

Smith's program has shown signs of improvement. The Tigers started 11-2 last year before finishing 15-16. They also won the team's first game in the ACC Tournament since 2014 and its non-conference mark of 11-2 was its best showing since 2003-04.

Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich says the program improved on and off the court. He believes that Smith has the Tigers positioned for more improvement going forward.

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