Walvius to step down after 11 seasons at South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina women's basketball coach Susan Walvius announced her resignation Monday.

She will step down May 31, athletics department officials said in a release.

Walvius went 165-160 and 51-103 in the Southeastern Conference in 11 seasons with the Gamecocks. She made the NCAA tournament twice, advancing to the regional finals in 2002.

South Carolina went 16-16 this season and 4-10 in the SEC. The Gamecocks haven't made the NCAA tournament or had a winning record in the SEC since 2003.

"I want to emphatically thank the players and coaches who have given me so much," Walvius said in the release. "I have one of the best groups of kids ever and leaving them is difficult, but the time is right for me to pursue other opportunities."

The release did not specify what those opportunities were.

Walvius' decision to step down came a few weeks after two South Carolina woman's basketball players were arrested on possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and financial card theft charges.