Joe Vozzelli

Joe Vozzelli

Wittinger, fellow seniors expect emotional send-off

CHAMPAIGN — Late-night movies and impromptu dance-offs.

The videos still exist from these freshman year get-togethers when Jaelyne Kirkpatrick, Cierra Rice and Alex Wittinger lived together at Illini Tower.

Even now, four years later, the three of them will watch those videos from time to time, recalling the fun they had.

Badgers flip the script against Illinois women in rematch

MADISON, Wis. — A rematch against Wisconsin went nothing like the first game for the Illinois women's basketball team.

Seeking their first regular-season sweep of a Big Ten opponent since 2016, the Illini — who recorded a 78-68 victory over the Badgers at State Farm Center on Feb. 10 — couldn't repeat that success 10 days later.

Rice continues to show progress for Illini as junior

CHAMPAIGN — Cierra Rice grew up a Michigan State fan.

Before her move to the Detroit area, Rice was born in East Lansing, Mich., and since both of her parents, Marvin and Valeria, were alumni of Michigan State, it only made sense that Rice would cheer on the Spartans as a youngster.

Gustafson, high-flying Iowa too much for Illini in road defeat

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Illinois joined a long list of opponents who have tried to slow down Megan Gustafson.

And failed to do so.

In fact, the Illini have been tormented twice by Iowa's 6-foot-3 center this season.

Wednesday's prep highlights: Maroons defend home court

CHAMPAIGN — Khailieo Terry poured in a game-high 30 points, accounting for more than half of his team’s offensive production, as the Champaign Central boys’ basketball team overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to knock off Kankakee, 53-51, in overtime on Wednesday night.

Wittinger staying in the moment amid quest to reach blocks record

CHAMPAIGN — Alex Wittinger admitted before Wednesday’s practice at Ubben Basketball Complex that she’s keeping track of her progress in reaching Karisma Penn’s career blocks record at Illinois. 

Even if she wasn’t, her father, Kevin, has offered a few friendly reminders from time to time.

Wittinger stands tall as Illini end losing skid

CHAMPAIGN — Alex Wittinger took an elbow to the nose in the first quarter while battling for a rebound.

The evidence was the cotton balls that were in her nostrils for the final three minutes of the opening quarter.

LIVE! Wisconsin at Illinois women's basketball

FINAL: Illinois 78, Wisconsin 68

The losing streak is over.

After dropping nine consecutive games since a 66-62 victory at Minnesota on Jan. 6, Illinois (10-14, 2-11 Big Ten) has returned to the win column, beating Wisconsin after plenty of close calls in recent weeks.

Fahey: Wittinger 'a game-day decision'

CHAMPAIGN — The severity of Alex Wittinger's right ankle injury was the biggest question to emerge from Thursday night's 72-50 loss at Purdue.

Forty-eight hours later, her status on the eve of today's 2 p.m. game for the Illinois women's basketball team against Wisconsin at State Farm Center was still unknown.

Andrews posts double-double, but Illini still no match for Boilermakers

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — One step forward, two steps back.

The Illinois women's basketball team welcomed Arieal Scott back to the lineup for Thursday night's game at Purdue after a one-game absence because of an ankle injury.