Will the Illinois soccer team make the NCAA tournament? What did Illinois volleyball do well to sweep its way past Michigan State and Michigan this past weekend? How will the Illinois women's basketball team overcome a tumultous offseason? All that and more is on the mind of staff writer Scott Richey in his weekly 4:30 p.m. chat on Tuesday. Feel free to submit questions ahead of time.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Illinois coach Janet Rayfield is in her second year on the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Committee. She’ll be among the group of five coaches and five administrators that selects the at-large berths and seeds the NCAA tournament field.
The future of Illinois’ season now rests in the hands of that very committee.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois would not be playing today at Penn State in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament had it not won Wednesday on a snowy night in Minneapolis.
Win or go home? The Illini are already locked into that mindset.
ROSEMONT — Illini redshirt senior Jannelle Flaws was named to the All-Big Ten second team, the Big Ten announced Friday.
Flaws, a two-time Big Ten Forward of the Year, leads the league with 11 goals this season, and her 54 career goals are the most in Illinois soccer history.
Flaws twice was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week this season.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois senior forward Jannelle Flaws was named co-Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced Thursday.
MINNEAPOLIS — A sequence of events had to occur for the Illinois soccer season not to come to a dissatisfying conclusion Wednesday night at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium against Minnesota. The Illini needed Ohio State or Michigan State — either one, it didn’t matter — to win that matchup in Columbus, Ohio. Illinois needed a win, too.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ grasp on the final Big Ten tournament berth remains tenuous after a 2-0 loss to Northwestern on Saturday night in the team’s final home match of the season.
Illinois volleyball is coming off a loss Saturday against Nebraska — but at least it's not six in a row after the Illini snapped their losing streak Friday against Iowa. Indiana and Purdue are next. Can Illinois get back on track in the Hoosier State? Will all parts of the Illini attack start firing at the same time? Beat writer Scott Richey has your answers in his weekly 4:30 p.m.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois broke through in Big Ten play three weeks ago. After a less-than-stellar start to conference action, beating a ranked Rutgers team and topping Maryland on a golden goal in double overtime had the Illini in the top quarter of the league.
Ties to Ohio State and Michigan State followed.