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Bennett leaves Wisconsin for Northern Illinois

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MADISON - Wisconsin women's basketball assistant Kathi Bennett is leaving.

She was named yesterday as the new head coach at Northern Illinois.

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Bennett spent the last two seasons as the top assistant to Badgers' coach Lisa Stone. She got much of the credit for improving a Wisconsin defense that was first in the Big Ten in scoring defense this past season, giving up just over 56 points a game. And the Badgers made the NCAA Tournament in March for the first time in Stone's seven years in Madison.

Bennett was also a finalist for the head coaching jobs at Indiana State and Wright State in the past few weeks. She's the daughter of former Badgers' coach Dick Bennett. She was a head coach for a decade at Evansville and the Indiana Hoosiers, ending in 2005.

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