Road proves bumpy for Bollant's club

Road proves bumpy for Bollant's club

LUBBOCK, Texas — There are easier places than United Spirit Arena to play your first true road game of the season.

The Illinois women’s basketball team found that out Wednesday night, absorbing a 75-56 nonconference licking from a Texas Tech bunch that improved to 6-0 on its home court.

With 6,198 fans on hand, the Raiders (7-1) handed the Illini (4-4) their most lopsided loss in eight games. Illinois previously fell by 18 points against Iowa State in a neutral-site contest.

“We’ve been asking our girls to fight, and they fought for longer periods of time tonight than they had in the past,” Illini coach Matt Bollant said. “It just wasn’t enough.”

Illinois junior guard Amber Moore matched her season high with 21 points, and teammate Karisma Penn extended her season-long streak of double-figure scoring games with 18 points before fouling out. But only three other Illini scored, that trio combining for 17 points.

Raiders guard Chynna Brown matched Moore’s point total and tied for the game high in rebounds with eight.

“Chynna Brown was a difference-maker in the game,” Bollant said.

Turnovers again hurt Illinois, which lost for the third time in its last four games. The Illini committed 22, the fourth time this season they’ve been guilty of 20 or more. The Raiders took advantage, scoring 17 points off the miscues.