Jeff Huth breaks down Thursday's game between Ohio State and Illinois:
Ohio State at UI women, 7 p.m. Thursday
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.
The best moment of my Illinois career was ... right now, being in the upper half of the Big Ten standings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beat writer Jeff Huth breaks down Saturday's Big Ten game between the Illini and the Hoosiers:
Indiana at Illinois, 2 p.m. Saturday
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.