Women's basketball game postponed
CHAMPAIGN — Judging by what coach Matt Bollant saw Sunday during practice, his Illini women’s basketball team is eager to rebound from a Big Ten-opening loss.
Instead, Illinois will be forced to wait a few extra days to get back on the court against a conference opponent.
The Big Ten office announced Sunday afternoon that both of the league’s women’s basketball games scheduled for tonight — including the Illini’s contest at Northwestern — were postponed due to severe winter weather conditions in the Midwest.
The Indiana-Purdue game at West Lafayette, Ind., also was postponed because of heavy snow, strong winds and extreme cold. Makeup dates will be announced when they are determined, the league indicated.
“Obviously you have to be concerned about the safety of your student-athletes and so for that reason I think it’s the right decision,” Matt Bollant said.
Illinois’ next scheduled game is at 8 p.m. Thursday against No. 15 Penn State at State Farm Center.
On Sunday, the Illini (7-7, 0-1) went through what Bollant described as “one of our best practices of the year” in preparation for the Wildcats. It followed a 76-64 overtime loss two days earlier against visiting Wisconsin.
“We wanted to jump back on the court (for a game tonight),” Bollant said, “but we don’t control that, so we’ve got to control what we can control.”