UI women fail road test
ATHENS, Ga. — Illinois wasn’t up for the nonconference challenge against No. 19 Georgia on Saturday, losing 82-60.
Ivory Crawford scored a game-high 23 points for the Illini, but coach Matt Bollant’s team didn’t put up much of a fight after trailing 38-25 at halftime.
“I feel like we’re pretty good to start, but when we get punched in the mouth, we don’t always respond the right way,” Bollant said. “That’s something that we have to figure out as a program: How are we going to respond when things don’t go our way? In the second half, we just gave away too many layups.”
Shacobia Barbee had 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Bulldogs.
Georgia led 65-40 with 10:06 left after Khaalidah Miller’s layup capped an 18-6 run. Georgia also used an 11-0 run in the first half to go ahead 25-15 and closed the half on a 10-3 run.
Crawford added five rebounds and five steals.
“I was really proud of Ivory,” Bollant said. “To beat a ranked team on the road, though, you need more than one person to play well. Give Georgia credit. They’re a really good basketball team, and they came on edge and ready to go. They’re going to have a good year. Now we’re starting the Big Ten, and everyone’s 0-0 and everyone starts fresh.”
Amber Moore chipped in 16 points for Illinois.