LINCOLN, Neb. — Big Ten road trips seem to bring out the best in Matt Bollant’s Illini.
Adrienne GodBold had 19 points in 25 minutes and Karisma Penn grabbed 18 rebounds — including a career-high 10 on the offense end — as Illinois dismantled Nebraska 62-52 on Thursday night. It was the UI’s third consecutive Big Ten road win — its longest streak since 2000-01 — and first win at Nebraska.
“They’re a really good basketball team, so to come in here and win by double-digits, I’m really proud of our team,” Bollant said. “Obviously, we’re a different team with Adrienne back.”
GodBold made 7 of 14 shots and pulled down seven rebounds. The guard, who fouled out with four minutes left, was instrumental in Illinois (10-7 overall, 3-2 Big Ten) forcing 26 turnovers, a season-high for the Cornhuskers (12-6, 2-3).
“I thought we did enough defensively to win,” Bollant said. “I thought our ‘buzz’ defense changed the game in the first half.”
Ivory Crawford had 15 points and Penn added 12.
“Karisma got every rebound down the stretch,” Bollant said. “When we had to have some rebounds, she went and got them.”
The Illini led 27-20 at halftime and hung on while using a seven-player rotation.
“(Reserves) Taylor Tuck and Mckenzie Piper didn’t score a whole lot, but they gave us a lift,” Bollant said.