Texas women's basketball coach Karen Aston won't return

After eight seasons in Austin, Texas women's basketball coach Karen Aston will not return, athletic director Chris Del Conte announced on Friday.

Aston, who was 184-83 as the Longhorns' head coach, made four straight Sweet 16 appearances in the 2014-17 seasons, and went 31-5 and made the Elite Eight in 2016-16 season.

But Aston was was 32-47 against AP Top 25 teams and was just 1-18 against Baylor, which won a national championship last season. Texas finished this season with a 19-11 record and a third-place finish in the Big 12, going 11-7. It was the Longhorns' worst record since Aston's first season, when she went 12-18.

"This was an extremely difficult decision as Coach Aston's contract was up and we put a great deal of thought into it, but decided not to extend it," Del Conte said. "After evaluating and reviewing where we stand as a program and discussing the future, we have determined to move in a different direction with our continued goals to work to contend for conference championships and NCAA elite status."

Texas had also suffered a string of high-profile transfers in recent seasons.

Last July, the No. 8 overall prospect in the 2018 class rankings, Sedona Prince, a 6-7 post from Liberty Hill in the Austin area, transferred to Oregon after sitting out her freshman year recovering from a broken leg, citing "medical reasons."

She later told the "Pour Your Heart Out" podcast that she felt "neglected" during her recovery.

"I felt very alone through my entire process and I felt very unsafe to the point to where I couldn't -- for my career and my body that I'm going to have the rest of my life -- I couldn't stay," she said. "I couldn't be there and allow myself to be hurt anymore, allow myself to be neglected anymore. That's when I decided to transfer."

The Longhorns' 2017 recruiting class featured three ESPN 100 recruits who all transferred prior to their junior seasons: Rellah Boothe, ranked as the country's No. 1 forward; Chasity Patterson, considered the No. 1 guard; and Destiny Littleton, the No. 10 guard.

Aston was an assistant at Texas from 1998-2006 before serving as head coach at Charlotte from 2007-11 and North Texas in 2011-12. Her overall record is 285-146 in 12 seasons.