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Penn remains in Naismith contention

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois senior Karisma Penn, the only player to rank in the top five in the Big Ten in scoring, rebounding, steals, blocked shots and field goal percentage, is one of 30 players in contention for the Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year Award, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Wednesday.


UI women seek Big Ten bye

By JEFF HUTH

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois women’s basketball team owes a large debt of gratitude to the Ohio State Buckeyes.

The same Buckeyes who’ll visit the Assembly Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday to take on the Illini.


UI women 73, Indiana 60: Notebook

CHAMPAIGN — Count BTN analyst Stephanie White among the admirers of an improved Illinois women’s basketball team and of the job new coach Matt Bollant is doing with the third-place Illini.


UI women: 'Great shot at the NCAA tournament'

CHAMPAIGN — When it comes to responding to a loss, the Illinois women’s basketball team apparently take its cues from a certain no-nonsense deputy sheriff.

As TV’s fictional Barney Fife would say:

Nip it. Nip it in the bud.


HQ prediction: UI women 71, Indiana 63

Beat writer Jeff Huth breaks down Saturday's Big Ten game between the Illini and the Hoosiers:

Indiana at Illinois, 2 p.m. Saturday


LIVE! vs. Indiana

Final: Illinois 73, Indiana 60

Karisma Penn scored 25 points -- her 11th 20-plus game of the season -- to lead Illinois to a bounce-back Big Ten win Saturday at the Assembly Hall.

Illinois, which lost by 33 points at No. 7 Penn State on Wednesday night, never trailed against the last-place Hoosiers.


Penn State 95, UI women 62: 'Have resiliency'

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Illinois coach Matt Bollant is determined not to let a blowout loss to No. 7 Penn State affect the rest of the season.


HQ prediction: Penn State 75, UI women 71

UI women at Penn State, 6 p.m. today

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Illinois (15-9, 8-4 Big Ten)
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G    Alexis Smith    So.    5-9    7.2


Tuck has been super sub all season

By JEFF HUTH

CHAMPAIGN — It would be an exaggeration to label Taylor Tuck the one-woman bench.

But not by much.

The sixth player for a depth-challenged Illinois women’s basketball team, Tuck invariably accounts for the lion’s share of court time among reserves when coach Matt Bollant subs for his starting five.


UI women 60, Wisconsin 53: Notebook

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois football team made an appearance at Monday’s game. A majority of players sat behind the bleachers closest to the Wisconsin bench wearing their navy blue jersey tops in the first half.