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Tuesday, March 1, 2005
Bennett was 72-74 at IU


BLOOMINGTON, Indiana -- Kathi Bennett, who led Indiana's women's basketball program to a Big Ten Conference title in 2002, will call the 2004-05 season her last.

On Tuesday, Bennett announced her intentions to resign as coach, effective at the end of the season.

Bennett, who has gone 72-74 in five seasons with Indiana, led the Hoosiers to a 20-11 record in 2000-01. As the No. 5 seed in the conference tournament the next season, Indiana knocked off top-seeded Purdue and second-seeded Penn State en route to an NCAA Tournament berth.

The Hoosiers have struggled to a 10-17 mark, including 3-13 in the conference, this season. They have dropped their last four games and 11 of their last 13, falling to ninth in the 11-team league.

"While I have found this experience very rewarding, at this time I also feel that it is mutually best for myself and for the IU women's basketball program to go in a different direction," Bennett said. "This team has a lot of potential, and Hoosier fans should look forward to watching them achieve success in the coming years."

No timetable has been set to find a replacement for Bennett, who has posted a career coaching mark of 296-177 in 17 seasons at Teiyko Marycrest, Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Evansville and Indiana.

"In the short time I have worked with coach Bennett, I have seen nothing but hard work from her players," Indiana athletics director Rick Greenspan said. "She has worked extremely hard and we thank her for everything she has done for this program."