CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois women’s basketball team had gone nearly two weeks without a win.
But the Illini will head to Washington, D.C., where they play George Washington at 11 a.m. on Sunday in the team’s first road game, with a bit more confidence after a 56-33 win on Friday night in front of 1,173 fans at State Farm Center against Fort Wayne.
CHAMPAIGN — Five Illini women’s basketball players scored in double figures, but it wasn’t enough against Wake Forest on Wednesday night.
Kennedy Cattenhead had a team-high 16 points, but Illinois lost 79-70 at State Farm Center.
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A look at how UI basketball beat writer Scott Richey's polls compare with those of the Associated Press:
Richey's Men's Top 25
From the perspectives of John Groce, Gus Phan and the men’s basketball program, there has seldom been a time when Illinois so desperately needed a victory.
It could be anybody. It just happens to be North Carolina State on Tuesday. What we’re witnessing is the cumulative impact of a multi-year spiral.
Did you know that a former University of Illinois student had a direct connection to instituting the three-point field goal into the game of basketball? Abe Saperstein, born in England but a nearly lifelong resident of Chicago, was a nine-sport participant at Lake View High School. He originally attended the U of I, but dropped out of school in 1922 to help support his family.
CHAMPAIGN — Alex Wittinger had a double-double (12 points, 16 rebounds), but Illinois lost 51-33 to Mercer in a nonconference women’s basketball game on Tuesday night.
Brandi Beasley added eight rebounds for the Illini (2-3), who trailed 23-16 at halftime.
A look at how beat writer SCOTT RICHEY’s polls compare with those of the Associated Press:
Richey's Men's Top 25
CHAMPAIGN — No need to wait until Saturday night’s Parade of Lights to catch a dazzling show in Champaign.
Tonight at State Farm Center, and before every men’s basketball home game, arena officials will show off one of the unsung new additions to the home of the Illini: red, white and blue lights inside the arena bowl during the playing of the national anthem.
CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois women’s basketball team had five players in double figures and used that balance to cruise to a 77-57 win against USC Upstate on Sunday at State Farm Center.
Freshman Ali Andrews posted a career-high 15 points, and Alex Wittinger recorded a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.