The Hoosiers posted a 29-25 record in 2016, but prior to that had not enjoyed a win-loss above .500 since 2012. Gardner's finest season came in 2011, when she led her squad to a 37-18 record.
Termed a "resignation", Gardner's departure is the first to occur in the Big Ten this offseason.
Prior to Indiana, Gardner was the head coach at Nevada, where she was the first coach following the program's return to competition after a fourteen-year hiatus. Her resume also includes assistant coaching stops at Arizona State and Florida State, as well as Bowling Green.
Gardner was a four-year standout player for the Michigan Wolverines from 1984-1988 and was named Big Ten Player of the Year in '88.