Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball

Slow start again leads to disappointing outcome for Illini

CHAMPAIGN — A full 40 minutes of execution on both ends of the floor continues to be a moving target for the Illinois women's basketball team this season.

Wednesday night's 71-60 loss to Rutgers in front of 1,150 fans at State Farm Center was the latest in a downward trend for the Illini during Big Ten action.

LIVE! Rutgers at Illinois women's basketball

FINAL: Rutgers 71, Illinois 60

Illinois will have to wait even longer for its first Big Ten winning streak in four years.

UI Women's Basketball vs. Rutgers 2019

Illinois takes on Rutgers in a NCAA basketball game at the State Farm Center in Champaign on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019.

Illini 'celebrate' big win, but focus on repeating success

CHAMPAIGN — Shortly after the cameras were turned off and the questions had been asked, Nancy Fahey offered a rhetorical question to the assembled reporters on Tuesday afternoon.

"How long had it been since we won a Big Ten game, again?" Illinois women's basketball's second-year coach said.

Richey's women's basketball ballot breakdown: Jan. 8, 2019

A look at how Illinois basketball beat writer — and Associated Press Top 25 voter — Scott Richey's polls compared with those of the AP:

AP Top 25

Team Rec. Prev.

1. Notre Dame (12) 14-1 2

2. Louisville (10) 14-0 3

3. UConn (3) 12-1 1

4. Baylor (5) 11-1 8

5. Oregon 13-1 5

6. Stanford 12-1 6

Top of the Morning, Jan. 8, 2019

When their charter flight arrived at Willard Airport on Sunday night, members of the Illinois women's basketball team were caught off guard by an unscheduled request supposedly made for security purposes.

Before boarding a bus back to campus, the Illini were to meet first in the airport's Bryan Room.

There, however, the surprise played out.

Illini upset ranked Gophers

MINNEAPOLIS — Arieal Scott is used to hitting big-time outside shots.

She did it throughout her high school career at Schlarman and Urbana. Even won honors in 2016 as the state's best three-point shooter in Class 1A.

Home cooking for Illini's Wittinger in return to Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS — Crispy chicken. Broccoli casserole. Marble and lemon cakes.

That was on the dinner menu at the Wittinger household on Saturday night.

The family had a few extra mouths to feed.

Uneven loss casts doubt on Illini women's basketball's progress

EVANSTON — Similar late-game collapses were the problem for Illinois women's basketball in its losses to Missouri and Indiana.

On Monday, the Illini flipped the script. Just not the right way.