Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball

UI Women's Basketball vs. Indiana State

The Illinois Fighting Illini take on the Indiana State Sycamores in an NCAA college basketball game at the State Farm Center Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign. Illinois won the game 75-57.

Illini leave it to Beasley in win over Indiana State

CHAMPAIGN — A composed Brandi Beasley was a good Brandi Beasley for the Illinois women's basketball team on Wednesday night.

Scott finds expanded role in first season

CHAMPAIGN — With braids in her hair, Arieal Scott caught Nancy Fahey off guard inside the weight room during preseason workouts.

So much so that Fahey asked if a player from another team was lifting with the Illinois women's basketball team.

Andrews clutch as Illini survive scare from Eastern Michigan

CHAMPAIGN — An exasperated Nancy Fahey braced herself by stretching her arms out over the scorer's table after nearly dropping all the way to her knees.

Moments earlier, Sarah Shewan's layup attempt had rolled off the front edge of the rim.

Taking stock of Illini women's basketball

Six games into Nancy Fahey’s second season in charge, the 4-2 Illini still have room to grow. Beat writer JOE VOZZELLI offers three early observations as Illinois tips off December with today’s 2 p.m. nonconference game against Eastern Michigan (3-1) at State Farm Center:

Illini women drop road clash

CLEMSON, S.C. — A close loss against a high-major opponent left Illinois women’s basketball coach Nancy Fahey thinking what might have been.

The Illini overcame a 16-point deficit in the second half against Clemson.

Illinois forced overtime with a clutch three-pointer in the corner from Brandi Beasley with 9 seconds left in regulation.

Thomas resigns at Cleveland State

Cleveland State hired former Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas to fill the role for that school in February 2017.

Less than two years later, Thomas is resigning from his post as Cleveland State's athletic director.

The school announced Tuesday night that Thomas' last day at Cleveland State will be Dec. 31.

Illini take positive steps, but remain 'a work in progress'

CHAMPAIGN — For Nancy Fahey, there is a lot to like about how her Illinois women's basketball team has started the season.

The Illini's decision to push the ball in transition and play at a faster pace has led to increased scoring, with Illinois averaging 83.6 points per game, an uptick of 22.2 points from the previous season.

Scott Richey's Women's ballot breakdown, Nov. 27, 2018

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. Notre Dame (31) 6-0 1

2. UConn 5-0 2

3. Oregon 6-0 3

4. Baylor 6-0 4

5. Louisville 5-0 5

6. Mississippi State 6-0 6

7. Maryland 6-0 7

Richey's women's basketball ballot breakdown: Nov. 20, 2018

AP Top 25

Team    Rec.    Prev.

1. Notre Dame (31)    3-0    1

2. UConn    2-0    2

3. Oregon    4-0    3

4. Baylor    4-0    4

5. Louisville    2-0    5