March 1997

March 1997

Duke accepts DePaul gifts, faces UI women next

   CHAMPAIGN  There was plenty of charity to go around Friday night at Huff Hall.

   The DePaul Blue Demons were handing out fouls and handing over the ball with great generosity. Duke was happy for the help.

No substitute for Illini women''s bench

   CHAMPAIGN  Two starters were held to two points apiece. The team''s leading scorer came up seven points shy of her average.

   A problem? Hardly. Cause for concern? Not a bit.

Sheeler shoves Bulldogs aside

   CHAMPAIGN  Constant aggression.

   That''s how Drake''s Tammi Blackstone described Alicia Sheeler''s game Friday night. And she should know.

So this is life in the slow lane

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Greetings from the Bible Belt, where the people talk funny, everything comes with a side of grits, Richard Petty still is king and "Hee Haw" is more than just an old TV show, it's a way of life.

How y'all doing?

Men''s Basketball: Tourny tips

CHAMPAIGN – She is believed to be the first Champaign gymnast to receive a scholarship from the University of Illinois, but you won't hear Susie Miles say it.

She didn't even know until a couple weeks ago, when a coach informed her.

Tall order for Illini

CHAMPAIGN – You'll never catch Casey Leonhardt looking down, figuratively speaking, at rival centers. It's just not in the nature of this unassuming University of Illinois women's basketball player.

It's a rare game, though, when the Illini freshman literally isn't looking down on her peer in the paint. At 6-foot-5, Leonhardt often dwarfs opposing centers, sometimes to the point where by merely raising her arms to full extension, she can get off an uncontested shot without leaving her feet.

Women''s Basketball: Tournament Backgrounder

Huff Hall was buzzing with activity Thursday as Duke, Drake and DePaul set foot on the basketball court for the first time for practice.

And the atmosphere at Huff, where Illinois has gone 10-0 this season, is a little different, said Illini forward Katie Coleman.

Women''s Basketball: Tournament Tidbits

Working overtime: If Drake plays any overtime games this weekend, coach Lisa Bluder and her upperclassmen should know the routine. The last time the Bulldogs appeared in an NCAA tournament, 1995, they went OT in both of their games. Drake opened with an 87-81 victory over Mississippi before falling to George Washington 96-93.

UI recruit not shy of work

   CHAMPAIGN  She is believed to be the first Champaign gymnast to receive a scholarship from the University of Illinois, but you won''t hear Susie Miles say it.

   She didn''t even know until a couple weeks ago, when a coach informed her.

Raveling won''t take USC''s side

   Don''t worry Illinois basketball fans, George Raveling won''t be wearing his Trojan helmet Friday.

   Raveling will work the Illinois-Southern Cal game for CBS. Three years ago, he was on the Trojans bench, as their head coach.