Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball

Four future Illini earn All-American nomination

CHAMPAIGN — The last McDonald's All-American to join either Illinois basketball program was now former Illini Chatrice White in 2014. The last for the Illini men's team was Jereme Richmond in 2010.

Both programs had two players nominated for this year's McDonald's All-American teams, with the nominations released Tuesday morning.

Ballot Breakdown: New No. 1 on men's side

A look at how Illinois hoops beat writer SCOTT RICHEY’s polls compare with those of the Associated Press:

Richey's Men's Top 25

Tate: Let's talk about what athletic types won't

Nick Saban used the word “great” four times in his first sentence about Clemson at the college football national championship pregame press conference in Tampa.

But wouldn’t you rather have heard what the Alabama football coach confided with his staff as they began breaking down film in search of Clemson’s weaknesses in their staff meeting?

Holesinska earns Big Ten honor

When the Illinois women’s basketball team steps onto the floor at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Wednesday night to play Iowa, the Illini will do so with the current Big Ten Freshman of the Week.

Smith enjoys basketball reunion

CHAMPAIGN — Any time Jenna Smith wants to come back for an Illinois game, she will be welcomed with open arms.

The school’s career scoring and rebounding leader sat courtside as the Illini rolled Rutgers 78-41 on Saturday at State Farm Center.

The 37-point margin was the second largest for Illinois (7-9, 2-1 Big Ten) all time in a league game.

UI Women's Basketball vs Rutgers

University of Illinois Women's Basketball vs Rutgers, Saturday, January 7, 2017 at State Farm Center. Illinois defeated Rutgers 78-41.

PODCAST: Saturday SportsTalk 01-07-17

PODCAST: Saturday SportsTalk 01-07-17: Play now!

Michael Kiser and Loren Tate host the Saturday edition of Sports Talk. They talk with Howard Griffith, Mike DeCourcy, and Terry Hutchens.

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PODCAST: Sports Talk 01-06-17

PODCAST: Sports Talk 01-06-17: Play now!

Host Steve Kelly has News-Gazette Sports Editor Matt Daniels as co-host along with guest Doug Bucshon from Orange & Blue news to discuss the sports highlights of the week

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Sluggish final quarter sinks UI women's basketball

EAST LANSING, Mich. — A flat fourth quarter turned a close game into a blowout Sunday, as the Illinois women’s basketball team dropped a 71-47 decision to host Michigan State.

The Illini (6-9, 1-1 Big Ten) trailed by five points heading into the final frame, but were outscored 25-6 in the fourth by the Spartans (11-3, 1-0).

The UI at 150: A Special Project

Tell your UI story by emailing Jeff D'Alessio at jdalessio@news-gazette.com

One-hundred-and-fifty years ago next month, in the soggy fields between the train station in Champaign and the courthouse in Urbana, a Big Ten university was born — Illinois Industrial U, which opened with an all-male enrollment of 50 and operated out of a single structure.