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Sherri Murrell resigns after 5 years as WSU head coach

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Saying she lacks the energy to continue, Washington State women's basketball coach Sherri Murrell announced Thursday that she is resigning.

The 39-year-old just completed her fifth year as Cougars' head coach. Her teams have compiled a 27-114 record, including just 8-82 in the Pacific-10 Conference.

The Cougars went 5-24 this season, finishing last in the Pac-10 for the fourth time in five years. They won only one of 18 conference games.

Athletic Director Jim Sterk says a committee will begin a search for her replacement immediately.

Murrell, who was a head coach at George Fox University and at University of the Pacific before coming to WSU in 2002, was an assistant at Pepperdine, Brigham Young and Portland State after finishing her playing career at Pepperdine.

Murrell says last season sapped her energy, and it wouldn't be fair to her players to continue. She says she has no immediate job prospects.

Team captain Katie Appleton says Murrell's decision came as a surprise.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)