Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball

Illini's woes in Big Ten still evident

CHAMPAIGN — It has been 367 days since the Illinois women's basketball team last won a conference game.

The drought is going to last at least a bit longer.

Michigan State dropped Nancy Fahey's team to 0-6 in the Big Ten with a 67-55 victory on Tuesday night at State Farm Center in front of 1,114 fans.

Illini in need of a spark

CHAMPAIGN — It has been a month since the Illinois women's basketball team celebrated a victory. On Dec. 16, the Illini beat Austin Peay 59-47 to improve to 9-4.

Ballot breakdown: Richey's latest polls (as of Jan. 15)

A look at how Illinois basketball beat writer — and Associated Press voting member — Scott Richey's polls compared to those of the AP:

Scott's Men's Top 25

Team (Prev.)

1. Villanova (1)

2. Virginia (3)

3. Oklahoma (9)

4. Duke (4)

5. Purdue (6)

6. Texas Tech (7)

7. West Virginia (2)

8. Wichita State (10)

Illini legends, lists and lore: Single-game scoring bests

ILLINI LEGENDS, LISTS & LORE: Single-Game Scoring Bests

Twenty-two years ago today—Jan. 14, 1996—Ashley Berggren scored a career-high 43 points to lead the Fighting Illini women's basketball team past Minnesota, 87-76.

Loren Tate: Hard work in selling a winning message

"We Will Win!"

Josh Whitman's motto rings an optimistic bell ... but can become the object of mockery in the wake of seemingly unending losses.

Illini AD on the air

Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman was a guest on Saturday SportsTalk on WDWS 1400-AM in downtown Champaign, discussing plans — both on the field and off — that are under way.

"We're really excited about what the future is going to bring," he told hosts Loren Tate and Michael Kiser.

N-G Media to remain home for UI sports broadcasts through 2022

CHAMPAIGN — Broadcasts of University of Illinois athletics will remain on WDWS 1400-AM and WHMS 97.5-FM for at least the next four years.

Illini women fall to Nebraska: 'This one just hurts'

CHAMPAIGN — Closer.

A shot to tie the game in the final two minutes.

A five-minute scoreless stretch to start the second half, that turned a three-point deficit to seven. Missed opportunities.

Losing the rebound battle by 13.

It added up to another Big Ten loss for Illinois. Nebraska beat the Illini 80-72 at State Farm Center on Wednesday night.

Ballot breakdown: Men's and women's Top 25 (Jan. 8)

Scott's Men's Top 25

Team (Prev.)

1. Villanova (4)

2. West Virginia (6)

3. Virginia (7)

4. Duke (1)

5. Michigan State (2)

6. Purdue (9)

7. Texas Tech (18)

8. Xavier (5)

9. Oklahoma (8)

10. Wichita State (16)

11. Arizona (10)

12. Arizona State (3)

13. Miami (12)

14. Gonzaga (19)

UI's Whitman eager to maintain facilities

SAVOY — Facilities are never far from the mind of Josh Whitman.

Whether it's improving the ones currently on the Illinois campus or having donor interest for a possible new facility, the Illinois athletic director knows these venues are of keen interest.