CHAMPAIGN — No need to wait until Saturday night’s Parade of Lights to catch a dazzling show in Champaign.
Tonight at State Farm Center, and before every men’s basketball home game, arena officials will show off one of the unsung new additions to the home of the Illini: red, white and blue lights inside the arena bowl during the playing of the national anthem.
CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois women’s basketball team had five players in double figures and used that balance to cruise to a 77-57 win against USC Upstate on Sunday at State Farm Center.
Freshman Ali Andrews posted a career-high 15 points, and Alex Wittinger recorded a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
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CHAMPAIGN — Freshman Petra Holesinska had a breakout game on Thursday, tallying 18 points, three rebounds and four steals, but Illinois lost 64-54 to Memphis in nonconference women’s basketball.
Sophomore Alex Wittinger posted her second consecutive double-double (12 points, 12 rebounds) for Illinois (1-2).
Illinois vs. Memphis, noon Thursday
P Name Yr. Ht. PPG
G Jaelyne Kirkpatrick So. 5-7 8.5
CHAMPAIGN — Seven Illini athletics programs claimed perfect Graduation Success Rate scores, as part of Tuesday’s GSR and Federal Graduation Rate reports released by the NCAA.
Illinois earned an overall GSR of 87, one point better than the record-tying national average for all Division I student-athletes.
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CHAMPAIGN — Small sample size aside, Matt Bollant’s preferred lineup has both his point guards playing together.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois got hands in passing lanes. Poked balls out. Forced Marshall into mistakes to the tune of 21 Thundering Herd turnovers.
The Illini paired that with holding Marshall to 29 percent shooting in Friday’s season opener at State Farm Center by making almost all the Herd take contested, tough looks. “Almost” being the operative word.