Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball

Sending off seniors on a roll shifts to Illini's top priority

MADISON, Wis. — There was no dodging the reality of Illinois women's basketball's situation after Sunday's 70-56 home loss against Michigan.

And that is probably why coach Nancy Fahey's answer rang so true when she was asked after the game how she was keeping the last-place Illini (10-16, 2-13 Big Ten) motivated moving into today's 7 p.m. game at Wisconsin (12-14, 3-11).

Richey's women's basketball ballot breakdown: Feb. 19, 2019

A look at how Illinois basketball beat writer — and Associated Press Top 25 voter — Scott Richey's polls compared with those of the AP:

AP Top 25

Team Rec. Prev.

1. Baylor (26) 23-1 1

2. Oregon (2) 24-1 3

3. UConn 23-2 4

4. Louisville 23-2 2

5. Notre Dame 23-3 6

6. Mississippi State 23-2 5

Sunday's UI roundup: Women's basketball falls to Michigan

CHAMPAIGN — Senior forward Alex Wittinger netted a game-high 18 points, while junior Courtney Joens and freshman Mackenzie Blazek added 10 points each, but Illinois women’s basketball struggled to keep pace in a 70-56 loss to Michigan on Sunday afternoon at State Farm Center.

Rice continues to show progress for Illini as junior

CHAMPAIGN — Cierra Rice grew up a Michigan State fan.

Before her move to the Detroit area, Rice was born in East Lansing, Mich., and since both of her parents, Marvin and Valeria, were alumni of Michigan State, it only made sense that Rice would cheer on the Spartans as a youngster.

Gustafson, high-flying Iowa too much for Illini in road defeat

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Illinois joined a long list of opponents who have tried to slow down Megan Gustafson.

And failed to do so.

In fact, the Illini have been tormented twice by Iowa's 6-foot-3 center this season.

Wittinger staying in the moment amid quest to reach blocks record

CHAMPAIGN — Alex Wittinger admitted before Wednesday’s practice at Ubben Basketball Complex that she’s keeping track of her progress in reaching Karisma Penn’s career blocks record at Illinois. 

Even if she wasn’t, her father, Kevin, has offered a few friendly reminders from time to time.

Asmussen | Larger-than-life Bezhanishvili's personality puts him on special list of Illini

Admit it, Illinois fans, you have developed a soft spot for Giorgi Bezhanishvili. Even if you don't know how to properly pronounce his last name. (I can relate).

When he dropped 35 points on Rutgers, it moved him up a peg on the popularity list.

Or 20.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 13, 2019

Introducing JULIA GREUEL, a junior at the University of Illinois and the next president of Illini Pride, the student organization that supports sports of all sorts.

Richey's women's basketball ballot breakdown: Feb. 12, 2019

A look at how Illinois basketball beat writer — and Associated Press Top 25 voter — Scott Richey's polls compared with those of the AP:

AP Top 25

 

Team Rec. Prev.

1. Baylor (22) 21-1 1

2. Louisville (3) 23-1 2

3. Oregon (3) 23-1 3

4. UConn 21-2 5

5. Mississippi State 22-1 6

6. Notre Dame 22-3 4

Wittinger stands tall as Illini end losing skid

CHAMPAIGN — Alex Wittinger took an elbow to the nose in the first quarter while battling for a rebound.

The evidence was the cotton balls that were in her nostrils for the final three minutes of the opening quarter.

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