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Thursday's prep highlights: Marquez powers Cissna Park

CISSNA PARK — Josh Marquez went 3 for 3 with four RBI, leading Cissna Park to a 10-6 victory and a split in its baseball doubleheader against Momence on Thursday.

The Timberwolves lost the first game 13-11.

In the second game, Alex Rabe hit a two-run home run and Jacob Marquez went 3 for 4 with two RBI.

Points rides putter to top of tourney

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.

Kansas State up next for UI women

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.

Penn, UI women stay alive

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.

HQ prediction: UI women 64, Toledo 63

Women's basketball beat writer Jeff Huth breaks down today's WNIT game between Illinois and Toledo:

Illinois at Toledo, 6 p.m. today

Tate: Spring, NCAA champs try to regain magic

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.

Spencer honored by conference

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.

Penn's return to Ohio has star fired up

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.

A Life Remembered: Eldest Blair sister introduced family to speedskating

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.

Mike Thomas talks Assembly Hall

Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas provided an Assembly Hall update during a 1 p.m. news conference Thursday. Staff writer Julie Wurth was at the briefing and has the story here.