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Originally published Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 7:38 PM

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Huskies extend McGuff's contract through 2019-20 season

After winning 11 Pac-12 games and surpassing preseason expectations, coach Kevin McGuff's contract now runs seven more seasons.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Washington women's basketball coach Kevin McGuff's contract has been extended through the 2019-20 season, the school announced Tuesday.

It's an easy move for athletic director Scott Woodward, considering what McGuff has accomplished in two years with the program.

UW's season ended Sunday with a second-round loss in the Women's National Invitation Tournament. The Huskies finished 21-12 for the program's first back-to-back 20-win seasons since the mid-1990s. They were 20-14 in his first year.

UW's 11 wins in the Pac-12 this season are the most since the 2006-07 season. The Huskies were picked to finish eighth in the preseason poll of conference coaches but placed fifth. They lost to Colorado in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament.

McGuff has recruited the program's first McDonald's All-Americans in forward Katie Collier and left-handed point guard Kelsey Plum. Collier, from Seattle Christian, redshirted this season because of a knee injury. Plum, a high-school senior at La Jolla Country Day near San Diego, is also a Women's Basketball Coaches' Association All-American.

"From Day 1 last year, the kids were really excited and receptive of what the new staff was doing," McGuff said of his arrival from Xavier, where he led the Musketeers to an NCAA tournament Elite Eight appearance in 2010. "More than that, I'm hopeful we're a year further along, just with the system and how we're doing things each year."

McGuff replaced Tia Jackson in April 2011 after the latter dragged the school through four consecutive losing seasons, a first for UW.

He originally signed a five-year contract worth $475,000 annually plus incentives, making McGuff the highest-paid coach in UW women's basketball history. He's the program's first male coach.

"In two encouraging years Kevin has revitalized the program while maintaining its high level of achievement off the court, as well," said Woodward in a released statement. "He has us moving in the direction we sought when we hired him."

Jackson recruited sophomore point guard Jazmine Davis, the Pac-12's Freshman of the Year in 2012, just the second UW player so honored. Jackson also recruited underclassman forwards Talia Walton and Aminah Williams and senior Jeneva Anderson.

"You can see (McGuff's) resolve, his tireless work ethic and his character in his team," Woodward said.

Jayda Evans: 206-464-2067 or jevans@seattletimes.com.

On Twitter @JaydaEvans

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