By JEFF HUTH
CHAMPAIGN — When Matt Bollant took over the Illinois women’s basketball program late last March, the former Wisconsin-Green Bay coach already knew he was inheriting a player with a special talent for defense.
Illinois senior Adrienne GodBold has been named Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year, the conference announced today.
Illinois senior Karisma Penn was named first-team All-BIg Ten in the media voting. She joined GodBold on the second team in voting by coaches.
WEST LAFAYETTE — Although Stephanie White had yet to submit her ballot, the Big Ten Network women’s basketball analyst said Sunday that she was leaning strongly toward Illinois’ Matt Bollant as the conference’s Coach of the Year. The former Purdue great called Bollant “the front-runner” for the award.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — It will be business as usual for Karisma Penn when the Illinois women’s basketball team heads to the Big Ten tournament later this week.
For the hard-working Illini senior center, that means lacing up the shoes and hitting the hardwood for a first-round game.
Take your pick
Women’s basketball beat writer Jeff Huth submitted his All-Big Ten ballot Sunday. Here’s his take on the top awards:
Final: Purdue 76, Illinois 65
The Illini saw their hopes for a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament vanish at the hands of a longtime nemesis.
Instead, No. 25 Purdue clinched a top-four seed and the bye that comes with it Sunday with a 76-65 victory.
Illinois at No. 25 Purdue,
3 p.m. today
By JEFF HUTH
CHAMPAIGN — Bittersweet is not a word Karisma Penn, Adrienne GodBold and Kersten Magrum ever wanted to associate with what in all likelihood was their final basketball game at the Assembly Hall.
But that was the reality for the Illinois trio on Senior Night.
Final Ohio State 64, Illinois 53
It was a bittersweet night for three Illini players in particular on Senior Night.
Karisma Penn, Adrienne GodBold and Kersten Magrum were honored after Illinois absorbed a lopsided Big Ten loss Thursday night against surging Ohio State at the Assembly Hall.