Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball

'Always been a fighter'

CHAMPAIGN — A little less than a year after she committed to Duke, sharp-shooting Urbana senior Arieal Scott announced that she won't be heading east after all. Instead, she'll be staying home to play for Illinois and new coach Nancy Fahey, Scott announced on Twitter late Tuesday night.

Urbana standout Scott commits to Illini

Urbana senior Arieal Scott has verbally committed to Illinois women's basketball, doing so on Tuesday night and giving new coach Nancy Fahey one of the top shooters in the state and in the Class of 2018.

Scott posted an announcement on her Twitter account late Tuesday night.

'We're always busting a move and going crazy'

On Mondays, copy editor Joe Vozzelli spotlights a difference-maker on the area sports scene. Today: Alex Wittinger, a rising junior on the Illinois basketball team. Wittinger averaged 14.4 points and 8.7 rebounds last season. The Delano, Minn., native grew up in a volleyball-crazed state, as her mom, Ann, played at the University of Minnesota.

Tate: You haven't heard the last of me just yet

Elephants have the right idea.

When their time comes, they shuffle off to their designated area — no matter the distance — and pass quietly from the scene. There's a certain dignity about it.

I'm not yet ready for that, for sure, but I mistakenly thought I could do Douglas MacArthur's "old soldier" bit and let 51-year-old Tatelines fade unnoticed from the writing scene.

NOW: Monday Morning QBs

What'd you think of the Ball State game? Still bummed about the war chant decision? Excited to see Kevin Hambly back in Huff Hall?

Loren Tate and Jim Turpin kick off another season of 'Monday Morning Quarterbacks' at 9 a.m. today on WDWS 1400-AM.

Tom Kacich: 'War chant' rooted in theme song of 1950s cartoon

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That so-called "war chant" that has so many Illinois sports fans emotional is time-honored, but perhaps not in the way you think.

BTN turns 10

Today, the Big Ten Network celebrates its 10th anniversary. In this week's podcast, 'Tatelines: Unedited,' Dave Revsine tells of the moment when Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany gave the project the green light.

Whitman explains 'war chant' decision in open letter

CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman released an open letter Monday afternoon defending the decision to end the "war chant" at all athletic events.

UI students were first informed of the decision at Thursday’s Illini soccer match, when an athletics official told a group who were playing it to stop.

The full text of the letter is below.

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, Aug. 27, 2017

If all goes according to plan, Lovie Smith's second football team ought to be coming down from the high of its first win right around this time next week. Which inspired this week's question for former Illini athletes: What's the most unforgettable postgame experience you had in orange and blue?