March 1997

March 1997

Berggren, Grentz up for awards

   Illini guard Ashley Berggren and coach Theresa Grentz are finalists for national awards sponsored by the Women''s Basketball Coaches Association.

Illini bounce USC, face UT-Chattanooga next

   CHARLOTTE, N.C.  The basketball fortunes of the Kiwane Garris Era Illini have often seemed like a fish story the last three postseasons.

   The big ones came oh so close, but always got away.

Illinois hits its target

   CHARLOTTE, N.C.  Hot shooting covers a myriad of basketball weaknesses.

   And Illinois chose the right afternoon to post its highest shooting percentage in two seasons Friday.

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.

Next step a high one for Illinois

Expectations, Lou Henson will tell you, can be bad for the back.

They're that heavy.

In 1980, Henson was hailed for getting the Illini into the NIT.

In 1996, Henson was hollered at for getting the Illini into the NIT.