Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball

GodBold in league of own on defense


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.

GodBold: Big Ten's best defender

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.

BTN broadcaster: Reward Bollant

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.

Purdue 76, UI women 65: 'Kind of disappointed'

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.

Huth: Penn, Bollant get my vote

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:

Live! UI women at No. 25 Purdue

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.

HQ forecast: No. 25 Purdue 68, UI women 63

Sneak peek:

Illinois at No. 25 Purdue,
3 p.m. today


Women's tourney path gets bumpier


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.

Illinois vs Ohio State Women's Basketball

The Illini women take on Ohio State at their last home game of the season in women's college basketball at Assembly Hall in Chamapign on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. 

LIVE! 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.