Joe Vozzelli

Joe Vozzelli

Home cooking for Illini's Wittinger in return to Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS — Crispy chicken. Broccoli casserole. Marble and lemon cakes.

That was on the dinner menu at the Wittinger household on Saturday night.

The family had a few extra mouths to feed.

Illini have better offensive production, but Big Ten skid remains

CHAMPAIGN — Tempo has become a buzz word around the Ubben Basketball Complex when it relates to the Illinois women's basketball team.

Coach Nancy Fahey has repeatedly stressed the importance of the Illini dictating the pace of the game. But it all starts with how well Illinois is playing defensively.

Illini's fourth-quarter lead slips away in overtime loss to Indiana

CHAMPAIGN — Remember the Illinois women's basketball team's poor third-quarter showing against Missouri?

The Illini had a full week to stew about what happened against the Tigers during a 22-point loss at State Farm Center.

Seven days later, Illinois dished out the same treatment to Indiana.

LIVE! Indiana at Illinois women's basketball

FINAL in OT: Indiana 85, Illinois 83

The Hoosiers added another chapter to the Illini's misery in Big Ten play Friday night at State Farm Center. 

Indiana rallied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter and forced overtime, handing Illinois its 28th straight Big Ten loss. 

Shewan staying in the moment with Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Sarah Shewan sprung from the court at the Robins Center in Richmond, Va., going in for a layup.

It's a move she had performed countless times in her basketball career.

Third quarter woes doom Illini at home in loss to rival Missouri

CHAMPAIGN — The chants from the visiting fans grew even louder than before as Illinois women's basketball coach Nancy Fahey asked for a timeout.

It was too little, too late.

LIVE! Missouri at Illinois women's basketball

FINAL: Missouri 67, Illinois 45 

For the second straight season, the Tigers ended a four-game winning streak for the Illini.

This time, it was a third-quarter push that cancelled out any hope at an upset for Illinois.

Border rivals Illinois, Missouri have plan in place for future meetings

CHAMPAIGN — Unlike the longstanding series on the men's basketball side, women's basketball games between Illinois and Missouri have yet to become something fans can count on every year.

But, there is mutual interest to have the nonconference game become a regular fixture on future schedules.

Fog turns ETSU basketball team's trip to C-U into an odyssey

CHAMPAIGN — Friday turned out to be a long travel day for the East Tennessee State men's basketball team.

The Buccaneers, who are scheduled to play Illinois at 1 p.m. Saturday at State Farm Center, didn't arrive at their Champaign hotel until 3:30 a.m. today, according to tweets from ETSU head coach Steve Forbes.

What's on their wish lists?

Men's basketball

At the top of their wish list is ... another win over rival Missouri. The Illini seek six straight wins over the Tigers on Dec. 22. Mark Smith switching sides added some juice to what might have been an otherwise dull game. Mizzou is 6-3 but hasn't beaten anyone of substance, and Illinois (3-7) is off to a slow start.