Report: Bennett joins wave of players to leave Washington

Updated: April 19, 2008, 8:29 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

SEATTLE -- Center Kali Bennett is leaving the Washington women's basketball team, The Seattle Times reported.

A 6-foot-5 freshman, Bennett is the fourth of the six-member 2007 recruiting class to leave first-year coach Tia Jackson's program. She informed Jackson in a meeting on Thursday, according to the paper.

Candice Nichols left the program at the beginning of the regular season. Jess McCormack returned to New Zealand late in the season and after Katelan Redmon transferred to Gonzaga.

All four players were recruited by former coach June Daugherty, who was fired last May and is now at Washington State.

Daugherty was 191-139 (.579) at Washington, including 113-85 in the Pac-10.

"Kali chose the UW over other schools because of June Daugherty," Chris Bennett, Kali's mother, told The Times.

"We hoped that coach Tia Jackson would be a positive coach, but unfortunately her style has been entirely different from that of June's. We support Kali's decision to leave the program because we have seen first-hand the pain it has caused her."

She said her daughter wants to transfer to Washington State.

Bennett averaged 4.9 points and three rebounds in 30 games.