Jackson retained as Washington coach

SEATTLE -- Washington athletic director Scott Woodward says women's basketball coach Tia Jackson will return next season.

Woodward told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the 37-year-old Jackson will come back for the fourth season of a five-year contract. That is despite the worst three-year record in the program's history.

Woodward says he has "all the confidence in the world in Tia" after seeing marked progress this season.

Washington is 12-16 and 7-11 in the Pac-10 entering Thursday's conference tournament game against Oregon State. The Huskies were picked to finish last in the league but won their last three regular-season games to finish tied for sixth.