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.
CHAMPAIGN — It might be the grimmest number on the ledger of the Illinois women’s basketball team.
When Matt Bollant’s bunch has trailed at halftime this season, its record was 1-11.
It’s not a place the Illini team wants to find itself, but that was the reality Monday night in the second round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament: Eastern Illinois 29, Illinois 26.
Final: Illinois 62, Eastern Illinois 54
The Illini outscored Eastern Illinois 15-8 over the final seven minutes to secure a second-round WNIT victory Monday night at the Assembly Hall.
Illnois (18-13) advanced to a third-round matchup against Toledo. The location, date and time of that game are expected to be announced later tonight.
Illinois vs. Eastern Illinois
7 p.m. today
P Name Yr. Ht. PPG
G Alexis Smith So. 5-9 6.7
By JEFF HUTH
CHAMPAIGN — An AAU teammate started calling Amber Moore “Clutch” while she was in high school.
The Miami (Ohio) RedHawks learned firsthand Thursday night why the nickname has carried over into college.
Final: Illinois 73, Miami (Ohio) 60
Led by Amber Moore's 25 points, Illinois fought off a second-half comeback attempt by Miami and pulled away to a 73-60 victory in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament Thursday night at the Assembly Hall.
Beat writer Jeff Huth's take on today's game: Illinois vs. Miami (Ohio), 7 p.m.
Pos. Name Yr. Ht. PPG
G Alexis Smith So. 5-9 6.8
The University of Illinois announced the starting time this morning for Thursday's Women's National Invitation Tournament basketball game at the Assembly Hall. The Illini and Miami (Ohio) will tip off at 7 p.m.
Ticket prices for the first-round game are $6 for adults and $4 for students. All seating is general admission.