Jan. 20, 2005
On March 4, 2002, No. 5 Indiana became the highest seeded team to win the Big Ten Tournament Championship, after knocking off second-seeded and regular season League Champion Penn State, 75-72. It was a historic and truly emotional moment for the Hoosiers as they knocked off the Lady Lions after upsetting top-seeded Purdue in the semifinals, 55-41.
Indiana's fairy-tale run towards the Tournament Championship gained national media attention after Hoosiers head coach Kathi Bennett suffered an automobile accident on February 8. Bennett broke the second vertebra in her neck and was forced to wear a halo device on the sidelines, while associate head coach Trish Betthauser served as the Hoosiers' acting head coach. Senior Jill Chapman posted 14 points and seven rebounds in the win, while teammate Heather Cassady was tabbed as the Tournament MVP.
Indiana's victory gave the Hoosiers an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1994-95.