HUMBLE, Texas — The putter D.A. Points once took from his mother paid off nicely for him Thursday in the Houston Open.
Points, a former Illini, opened with five straight birdies and wound up with an 8-under-par 64 on a pleasant morning with only moderate wind at Redstone Golf Club. He had a 1-shot lead over Cameron Tringale and John Rollins.
TOLEDO, Ohio — Amber Moore’s ears were ringing during warmups.
The Toledo crowd was that loud.
“Rowdy, too,” the Illinois junior guard said. “We were yelling at the top of our lungs just to hear each other.”
Moore and the Illini had an easier time communicating after Thursday’s WNIT Sweet 16 game. A second-half rally in a 63-55 win left Savage Arena eerily quiet.
TOLEDO, Ohio — Karisma Penn had 23 points and 11 rebounds, leading Illinois to a 63-55 victory against Toledo on Thursday night in a third-round game of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
The Illini, who will play at Kansas State at 4 p.m. Saturday in the quarterfinals, received 18 points from Amber Moore.
The Wildcats defeated Ball State 60-48 on Thursday night.
Women's basketball beat writer Jeff Huth breaks down today's WNIT game between Illinois and Toledo:
Illinois at Toledo, 6 p.m. today
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois sophomore Ashley Spencer was named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week after claiming the 100 meters and placing second in the 400 hurdles at the Texas State Elite Meet, the league office announced Wednesday.
When Justin Spring’s gymnasts won the 2012 NCAA title, there was legitimate optimism that the Illini could continue to thrive in that thin stratosphere. They were ranked No. 1 going into this season.
But as we saw with men’s tennis (NCAA champs in 2003), men’s basketball (2005 runners-up) and volleyball (2011 runners-up), even a Perfect Storm will break up and weaken.
By JEFF HUTH
TOLEDO, Ohio — Karisma Penn is back in her home state Thursday to play in the 128th basketball game of her college career.
Safe to say the Illinois senior is eager to share the experience with family and friends.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The subject of Bonnie Blair’s birth was a topic of conversation in the wake of last week’s death of her eldest sister, Mary Blair Polaski.
MOUNT CARMEL — If you are reading about Tyra Buss for the first time, then be forewarned: You’re not going to believe it.
If only this story were being published five days from now, then readers would anxiously anticipate two words as the perfect ending: “April Fools.”