Defense does in UI women

Defense does in UI women

By The News-Gazette
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Coach Matt Bollant’s Illinois women’s basketball team prides itself on defense, but when opponents have scored 90 points or more this season, the results have been bad for the Illini.

Ohio State shot 57.7 percent from the field Thursday night and defeated Illinois 90-64 in a Big Ten contest.

“Give Ohio State a lot of credit,” Bollant said. “We got out to a good start — we were up 16-5 after five minutes — we shot the ball and played with a lot of energy. And they responded and really played great basketball the next 35 minutes.”

The Illini fell to 0-3 this season when allowing at least 90 points. Besides Ohio State, Illinois lost 98-92 to Bradley and 93-69 to Georgia Tech.

“I thought Ohio State was as good offensively as I’ve seen them play,” Bollant said.

Jacqui Grant, Ivory Crawford and Amber Moore tallied 55 of the squad’s 64 points Thursday.

Grant, a freshman, scored a season-high 23 points on 8-of-18 shooting from the
field, including a season-high-tying three three-pointers.

Senior Moore added 20 points, including six three-pointers, for the Illini. Crawford had 12 points and a career-high seven steals.

Ohio State made 25 of 29 free throws compared with 6 of 7 by Illinois.

“They did a great job of finding shots, getting fouled and also finding their posts when they were open,” Bollant said of the Buckeyes.