Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball

Richey's women's basketball ballot breakdown: March 5, 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. Baylor (28) 27-1 1

2. UConn 27-2 2

3. Louisville 27-2 3

4. Notre Dame 27-3 4

5. Mississippi State 27-2 5

6. Oregon 27-3 6

7. Stanford 25-4 7

Rekindled family ties help UI's Scott rediscover passion

CHAMPAIGN — A little more than a year ago, Arieal Scott reached an important revelation.

The process of reconnecting with some members of her estranged family, specifically her biological mother, whom the former prep standout at Schlarman and Urbana hadn't talked to in 10 years, led to Scott meeting three of her siblings for the first time, including her 13-year-old brother, G'ron.

STM graduate lends Illinois State women's basketball late assist this season

NORMAL — For all intents and purposes, Lexi Wallen's competitive basketball career ended with a 48-46 loss to Bloomington Central Catholic in a Class 2A sectional championship game on Feb. 17, 2015.

A St. Thomas More senior, her time on the hardwood was up. She was preparing for her future role as part of Illinois State's volleyball team.

And that never changed.

Saturday's UI roundup: Illini can't spoil Terps' coronation

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The outcome seemed inevitable with just a cursory glance at the standings.

A matchup of the Big Ten's first- and last-place teams heavily favored Maryland.

But, the Illinois women's basketball team made the Terrapins wait almost a full 40 minutes to feel secured about Saturday afternoon's final result at the XFINITY Center in College Park, Md.

Progress still slow for Illinois women's basketball

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Nancy Fahey hasn't made time for any more postgame walks around her neighborhood.

Richey's women's basketball ballot breakdown: Feb. 26, 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. Baylor (28) 25-1 1

2. UConn 25-2 3

3. Louisville 25-2 4

4. Notre Dame 25-3 5

5. Mississippi State 25-2 6

Nittany Lions spoil final home farewell for Illini trio

CHAMPAIGN — Alex Wittinger shared a hug with Jaelyne Kirkpatrick, who was dressed in an orange pullover near the bench. Sarah Shewan, who was a few steps behind Wittinger, followed by also sharing an embrace with Kirkpatrick.

LIVE! Penn State at Illinois women

FINAL: Penn State 76, Illinois 65

An Illini comeback in the fourth quarter made the Nittany Lions sweat for a few minutes, but Penn State finished strong enough to spoil Illinois' Senior Day at State Farm Center.

Wittinger, fellow seniors expect emotional send-off

CHAMPAIGN — Late-night movies and impromptu dance-offs.

The videos still exist from these freshman year get-togethers when Jaelyne Kirkpatrick, Cierra Rice and Alex Wittinger lived together at Illini Tower.

Even now, four years later, the three of them will watch those videos from time to time, recalling the fun they had.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 22, 2019

Our "Faces of State Farm Center" series on Feb. 3 drew a positive reaction — as well as suggestions for other notable employees we could have featured.

Like CLEDITH ROWE, who has worked the gates at the building for almost three decades. The 81-year-old Monticello resident loves his time at the place he still calls "the Assembly Hall."