COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Illinois women's basketball team is still searching for its first Big Ten win, but Sunday's showing in a 96-84 loss to No. 10 Ohio State certainly was a step in the right direction.
The Illini, led by 23 points from Karisma Penn, were tied with the Buckeyes with 5 minutes remaining before the Buckeyes pulled away.
"We're young, but we're warriors," UI coach Jolette Law said. "We're building that mentality that we're going to keep fighting. We have to continue to work for 40 minutes. Right now we just have to learn how to finish."
Adrienne GodBold (18 points), Amber Moore (13) and Ivory Crawford (12) also scored in double figures for Illinois, which scored the most points against a Big Ten team in the Law era.
Illini cruise. Fifth-ranked B.J. Futrell pinned his opponent at 133 pounds, and the Illini won seven of 10 matches to double up Michigan State 26-13 on Sunday at Huff Hall. No. 10 Conrad Polz (165) and Tony Dallago (184) secured key wins for No. 6 Illinois.
In men's tennis:
Illini survive. Bruno Abdelnour upset No. 74 Sam Keeton 7-6, 6-3 to clinch a 4-3 Illini home win against Notre Dame on Sunday.
No. 2 Dennis Nevolo and Tim Kopinski also won singles matches for the No. 17 Illini (3-0), who won the doubles point.