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CHAMPAIGN — Illinois sophomore Ashley Spencer was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week after claiming the 100 meters and placing second in the 400 hurdles at the Texas State Elite Meet, the league office announced Wednesday.
By JEFF HUTH
TOLEDO, Ohio — Karisma Penn is back in her home state Thursday to play in the 128th basketball game of her college career.
Safe to say the Illinois senior is eager to share the experience with family and friends.
MOUNT CARMEL — If you are reading about Tyra Buss for the first time, then be forewarned: You’re not going to believe it.
If only this story were being published five days from now, then readers would anxiously anticipate two words as the perfect ending: “April Fools.”
Sophie Brunner Aquin Sr. 6-1 F/C: Repeat selection and Arizona State recruit ranked 285th nationally by Blue Star; led 31-3 Class 1A state champions in scoring (20.6), rebounding (10.6) and assists (4.8)
CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois women’s basketball team might not have played its final home game of the season after all.
If the Illini win their Women’s National Invitation Tournament third-round game Thursday night at Toledo, a quarterfinal contest at the Assembly Hall is a possibility.
CHAMPAIGN — During his five seasons at Wisconsin-Green Bay, Matt Bollant’s Phoenix teams annually faced the state’s other three Division I women’s basketball programs, including Wisconsin and Marquette.
“Which was great for Green Bay,” the first-year Illinois coach said.
Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. — Anonymous
The United States was little more than three months into World War II when a young Illinois basketball team — Gene Vance, Andy Phillip and the Whiz Kids were sophomores — lost to Kentucky 46-44 in the 1942 Elite Eight in New Orleans.
The details of that finish are too fuzzy 71 years later. But it was close.