Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball

UI roundup: Spencer, Evans among those feted

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois athletics held its Oskee Awards event Monday night, with Joe Spencer and Nicole Evans receiving Big Ten Medal of Honor recognition.

Spencer, a former Illini football center, and Evans, an Illini softball outfielder, were recognized for their excellence on and off the field as seniors.

Illini women lose pair from roster

CHAMPAIGN — Nancy Fahey signed her first recruit last week, landing Plano, Texas, forward Lyric Robins. But the new Illinois women’s basketball coach has suffered a pair of losses to her roster.

Overcash transferring from UI women's basketball team

CHAMPAIGN — New Illinois women's basketball coach Nancy Fahey signed her first recruit last week, landing Plano, Texas, forward Lyric Robins. Fahey lost her first player Tuesday.

Freshman Sarah Overcash announced her decision to transfer to George Washington on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon. The 6-foot-1 forward played in 26 games as a reserve for the Illini in the 2016-17 season.

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UPDATED: Bollant lands at Eastern Illinois

CHARLESTON — Matt Bollant coached his first college game in Charleston as an assistant on Kathi Bennett’s first Evansville coaching staff in 1997. The Purple Aces came away with a 58-44 victory against Eastern Illinois.

Fahey signs first recruit

CHAMPAIGN — New Illinois women's basketball coach Nancy Fahey inherited five open scholarships for the 2017-18 season when she replaced Matt Bollant. She used one of them this week.

UPDATE: Illini not among McCoy's options

COLUMBUS, Ohio —Former St. Thomas More All-American Tori McCoy made the Big Ten’s All-Freshman team this year at Ohio State, but she was miserable throughout the season, her father, Tim, said.

Top of the Morning, April 4, 2017

Mike Haile made like UI athletic director Josh Whitman to introduce SCOTT BEATTY as host of "SportsTalk" on WDWS 1400-AM on Monday.

Haile, general manager of WDWS, WHMS and WKIO, subbed "#WeWillRadio" for Whitman's "#WeWillWin" hashtag he has used to introduce new UI coaches.

April 6 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 2:00pm

What's next for Brad Underwood, Nancy Fahey and Lovie Smith and their respective programs? How are the spring sports faring at Illinois? What about in the local high school ranks? When is the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon again? Sports editor Matt Daniels will answer any and all questions during his 2 p.m. chat on Thursday.

Our way-too-early 2017-18 women's basketball top 10

After Sunday’s Gamecock victory, News-Gazette AP Top 25 voter Scott Richey has the Huskies atop his way-too-early ballot for 2017-18:

1. UConn
The Huskies lose just one starter, return three All-Americans and add the No. 2 recruiting class stocked with four five-star prospects. Cue Geno Auriemma’s next 100-game winning streak.