Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball

HQ prediction: UI women 73, Ohio State 67

Jeff Huth breaks down Thursday's game between Ohio State and Illinois:

Ohio State at UI women, 7 p.m. Thursday

Fond farewells for GodBold, Magrum and Penn

They have gone from the lowest of lows to the brink of the NCAA tournament. Thursday night, Illini fans will say goodbye to three seniors. We let them do the talking.

KARISMA PENN

The best moment of my Illinois career was ... right now, being in the upper half of the Big Ten standings.

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.

February 23, 2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Indiana Hoosiers at Illinois Fighting Illini

A gallery of images from the February 23, 2013 women's basketball game between the Indiana Hoosiers and Illinois Fighting Illini at Assembly Hall in Champaign.

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.