Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball

HQ forecast: Illinois 82, Minnesota 77

Sneak peek:

Minnesota at UI women,
1 p.m. today

Illinois (13-9, 6-4 Big Ten)

Pos.     Name     Yr.    Ht.    PPG
G    Alexis Smith    So.    5-9    7.4

Late run not enough for UI women

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Illinois wasn’t its usual productive self on Thursday night.

The result: A 72-69 setback at Michigan that was the Illini’s first road loss of the Big Ten season.

HQ prediction: UI women 64, Michigan 60

UI women at Michigan, 6 p.m. today

Illinois (13-8, 6-3 Big Ten)
Pos.     Name     Yr.    Ht.    PPG
G     Alexis Smith      So.     5-9     7.7

UI women lose another player

CHAMPAIGN — A second member of the Illinois women’s basketball team has seen her playing career ended by injury this season.

Sophomore Kierra Morris was medically disqualified by the UI, the school announced Tuesday. The 6-foot-4 center had not played this season due to chronic pain from a left knee injury that occurred during the 2011-12 season.

Short bench working for UI women

CHAMPAIGN — Matt Bollant has taken to calling his Illinois women’s basketball team the Road Warriors for its flawless record in Big Ten Conference away games.

The first-year Illini coach might also have reason to come up with a nickname for the mainstays of his roster. Perhaps something like the Sturdy Six.

UI women 64, Wisconsin 56: 'Road Warriors'

MADISON, Wis. — The Illinois women’s basketball team won five Big Ten games all of last season.

On Thursday night at Michigan, Matt Bollant’s first Illini team has a chance to win their sixth Big Ten road game.

Illinois on Sunday held off Wisconsin 64-56, its school-record-tying fifth conference road win this season.

HQ forecast: UI women 66, Wisconsin 60

Jeff Huth's look at ... UI women at Wisconsin, 2 p.m. today


Illinois (12-8, 5-3 Big Ten)
P    Name    Yr.    Ht.    PPG
G    Alexis Smith    So.    5-9    7.8

UI women: 'Grit and toughness'

CHAMPAIGN — As Matt Bollant scanned the tensed faces of his players during timeouts Thursday night, the first-year Illinois women’s basketball coach twice was compelled to pose this question:

“Are you enjoying this? You’re ahead of the 24th-ranked team in the country.”

Illinois 74, Iowa 62women 2013

Illinois women defeated Iowa in the Assembly Hall on Thursday, January 31, 2013.

LIVE! Iowa

Final: Illinois 74, Iowa 62

An Illini team looking for its first Big Ten home victory finally got it Thursday night, knocking off No. 24 Iowa at the Assembly Hall.

Illinois (12-8, 5-3) had entered 0-3 in conference home games and 5-6 overall at the Assembly Hall.