Moore leads rally from 20 down

Moore leads rally from 20 down

CHAMPAIGN — Amber Moore scored 22 of her 24 points after halftime as the Illini erased a 20-point second-half deficit against Seton Hall on Monday night at State Farm Center, winning 71-70.

Illinois, which improved to 6-5, closed the game on a 15-2 run over the final 3:10.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been part of a game that felt like a nightmare for so long and then turned into a dream at the end,” coach Matt Bollant said. “I’m just proud
of our players. They showed some resiliency.”

Ivory Crawford (14 points) and Sarah Hartwell (13) chipped in for the Illini. Moore also had 11 rebounds.

“Amber was really special in the second half,” said Bollant, whose team gets a 12-day break for finals. “We had a tough first half and she was 1 for 10, then she stepped up and went 7 for 11 in the second half, including every big shot down the stretch. We need her to make big shots and she did that tonight.”

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