Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball

Marcus Jackson/About Town: A different view

CHAMPAIGN — On Tuesday evening, exactly five years after he was hired as the eighth coach in Illinois women's basketball history, Matt Bollant leaned against a fence at Judah Christian's Gene A. Salmons Field of Dreams, shouting words of encouragement to the girls playing soccer for the Tribe.

"Nice job, Joss!"

"Way to go, Regan!"

First report in five years shows UI athletes making grade

URBANA — Illinois athletes maintained an overall grade point average of 3.16 last fall, and by some measures have graduation rates comparable to the broader student body, according to data supplied to the campus Academic Senate.

Fahey's first meeting with team 'great'

CHAMPAIGN —Nancy Fahey's first four days as Illinois women's basketball coach have been full.

Introduced officially on Friday. A media tour in St. Louis with new men's basketball coach Brad Underwood on Saturday. Then an important step Monday —Fahey's first meeting with her new team.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Basketball coaching success

So, just how successful has new Fighting Illini coach Nancy Fahey been during her career? Well, when ranked in terms of winning percentage against college men’s and women’s basketball coaches who have coached 29 or more seasons, only UConn’s Geno Auriemma has been more productive.

Fahey's to-do list

1. Get some talent

After 'intense' process, Whitman ready for down time

CHAMPAIGN ­­— Josh Whitman doesn’t have many big plans Saturday.

“I’m looking forward to this weekend,” the Illinois athletic director said with a grin on Friday morning. “I might not even shave (Saturday). We’ll see what that feels like.”

The last two Saturdays have seen moments that might come to define Whitman’s tenure at his alma mater.

He fired John Groce on March 11.

Grentz all for Fahey hire

CHAMPAIGN — The winningest coach in Illinois women’s basketball history praised the choice of Nancy Fahey by her old school.

Theresa Grentz won 210 games in 12 seasons at Illinois, leading the team to consecutive Sweet 16 appearances in 1997 and ’98.

Fahey era begins at Illinois

CHAMPAGN — It would have been easy for Nancy Fahey to stay in St. Louis.

She built a hall of fame career at Washington University. She was admired by her coworkers and respected by her players.

But Fahey also enjoys a challenge. So, when Josh Whitman called to talk to her about a move to Illinois, it didn’t long for her to say “Yes.”

LIVE! Nancy Fahey introduced

10:50 a.m.

Fahey said she has talked to a lot of coaches who have made the jump from Division III to D-I.

Top of the Morning, March 24, 2017

The McCoys wants to thank the NCAA women's tournament selection committee for where it sent their favorite team, Ohio State.

Ohio State is the college home of former St. Thomas More star Tori McCoy. She is toward the end of a successful first season.