Beat writer and AP poll voter Jeff Huth’s way-too-early Top 10 for 2013-14
MANHATTAN, Kan. — With time to kill the night before their next postseason game, Adrienne GodBold and about six of her Illinois women’s basketball teammates were hanging out together at the team hotel.
There was plenty of laughter and some confident talk about going all the way in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
UI women at Kansas State, 4 p.m. today
Pos. Name Yr. Ht. PPG
G Alexis Smith So. 5-9 6.5
MANHATTAN, Kan. — History is beckoning the Illinois women’s basketball team.
No group in the program’s history has advanced beyond the quarterfinals of a national postseason tournament.
The current Illini can change that today with a victory against Kansas State.
TOLEDO, Ohio — Amber Moore’s ears were ringing during warmups.
The Toledo crowd was that loud.
“Rowdy, too,” the Illinois junior guard said. “We were yelling at the top of our lungs just to hear each other.”
Moore and the Illini had an easier time communicating after Thursday’s WNIT Sweet 16 game. A second-half rally in a 63-55 win left Savage Arena eerily quiet.
TOLEDO, Ohio — Karisma Penn had 23 points and 11 rebounds, leading Illinois to a 63-55 victory against Toledo on Thursday night in a third-round game of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
The Illini, who will play at Kansas State at 4 p.m. Saturday in the quarterfinals, received 18 points from Amber Moore.
The Wildcats defeated Ball State 60-48 on Thursday night.
Women's basketball beat writer Jeff Huth breaks down today's WNIT game between Illinois and Toledo:
Illinois at Toledo, 6 p.m. today
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.
Ask the expert
We asked beat writer JEFF HUTH for his take on the WNIT: