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Pebley to remain at Fresno State for second season

Fresno State women’s basketball coach Raegan Pebley is not going anywhere next season despite reports that she was offered a coaching job at San Diego State, The Fresno Bee reports.

Pebley said she wants to return to Fresno State next year after finishing this season 24-9 and making an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

“I’m staying at Fresno State,” Pebley told The Bee. “We’re not finished with our goals and what we set out to do here.

“We feel like there’s a lot of momentum heading in Fresno State’s direction and I want to be a part of that.”

Pebley signed a five-year contract in April 2012 with an annual base salary of about $175,000, The Bee reported.

San Diego State has been searching for a coach after its coach of 16 years, Beth Burns, retired unexpectedly eight months after signing a five year contract extension.

Fresno State finished second in the Mountain West regular season this year behind San Diego State.

The Bulldogs beat the Aztecs for the conference tournament title to make it to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight year.

And for the sixth straight year, the Bulldogs were eliminated in the first round of the tournament.

The No. 15 seeded Fresno State lost 90-76 to the No. 2 seed Cal.

Cal would reach the semifinals but would be eliminated with a 64-57 loss to No. 5 seed Louisville.

Starters Taylor Thompson and Alex Sheedy are expected to return next season while standout player Ki-Ki Moore announced she will be transferring to the University of the Pacific as a graduate student.

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