Beat writer Jeff Huth breaks down tonight's Big Ten contest:
CHAMPAIGN — With nine games left in its regular season, the Illinois women’s basketball team has reason to believe it still will be on the court come postseason time.
Whether the Illini will be among the Chosen 64 in the NCAA tournament, however, remains the proverbial $64,000 question.
MINNEAPOLIS — Illinois survived a 37-point onslaught by Minnesota sharpshooter Rachel Banham to pull out a 91-86 Big Ten women's basketball victory Monday night at Williams Arena.
The win extended the Illini’s undefeated streak in conference road games this season to four.
Beat writer JEFF HUTH's look at .... Illinois at Minnesota, 8 p.m. today
CHAMPAIGN — As a youngster, Matt Bollant’s favorite Minnesota Gophers athlete was basketball sharpshooter Trent Tucker.
He still speaks with great pride of watching older brother Peter compete on the high school hardwood against a towering Gopher-to-be, 7-foot-3 Randy Breuer.
CHAMPAIGN — Kersten Magrum’s injury-riddled basketball career at Illinois has come to a premature end.
Following the latest in a series of concussions, the redshirt junior forward was medically disqualified by the school from continuing to play the sport.
The decision by the team’s medical staff was made earlier this week, Illini coach Matt Bollant said Friday.
CHAMPAIGN — On a day when Illini women’s basketball celebrated the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the only female athlete with a banner in the Assembly Hall rafters was on hand to mark the occasion.
CHAMPAIGN — It’s been a puzzling journey through the Big Ten race for this Illinois women’s basketball team.
What transpired Sunday might be the biggest head-scratcher yet.
Facing an opponent it had pummeled by 18 points 10 days earlier, the Illini started flat and finished with a shell of a foul-depleted lineup on the floor in a 62-58 loss to Northwestern at the Assembly Hall.
Beat writer Jeff Huth's breakdown of today's game (2 p.m.)