Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball

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FINAL: Illinois 88, Alabama A&M 60

The 18-game losing streak is over for the Illinois women's basketball program.

Illinois collects its first win since Dec. 12, 2017, and begins Nancy Fahey's second season at the helm of the program on a good note.

Kirkpatrick, Rice, Wittinger aim to lead Illini turnaround

CHAMPAIGN — The opening lyrics to R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" interrupt the echo of players dribbling basketballs inside an otherwise empty State Farm Center.

Jordin Sparks' "No Air" follows as the next tune blaring through the speakers.

Tipoff: Top 10 women's players of 2018-19

Our college basketball writer is also an AP women's basketball voter. This week he breaks down the top 10 women's players going into the season:

1. Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon

Conversation with NCAA champion and gold medalist Rebecca Lobo

Rebecca Lobo was an NCAA champion at UConn in 1995, an Olympic gold medalist in 1996 and a WNBA All-Star in 1999. Lobo, who was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame last year, now serves as a basketball analyst for ESPN and an AP voter. This week she breaks down some national storylines before the 2018-19 season tips off:

Illini women look for turnaround in Fahey's second season

CHAMPAIGN — Goal No. 1 for Illinois women's basketball coach Nancy Fahey heading into her second season as coach was to find a personality for her team.

Find that something — perhaps rooted in competing — that could move the Illini forward after last year's 9-22 season and winless run through 16 Big Ten games.

Scott Richey's Women's ballot breakdown

RICHEY'S ballot

1. Notre Dame

2. Oregon

3. UConn

4. Baylor

5. Louisville

6. Stanford

7. Mississippi State

8. Oregon State

9. Maryland

10. Tennessee

11. Texas

12. Georgia

13. South Carolina

14. Iowa

15. Missouri

16. N.C. State

17. DePaul

18. Marquette

Top of the Morning, Oct. 18, 2018

Sinclair joined Thursday's Penny on WDWS and will be on again Friday at 5:10 p.m.

UI Women's Basketball Open Practice

Fans watch as the University of Illinois women's basketball team held an open practice at the Richard T. Ubben Basketball Complex Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Champaign.

Fahey lands first 2019 commit

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois women's basketball team had its own big recruiting weekend in late September at the same time the men's program was hosting three top 50 players. Second-year Illini women's coach Nancy Fahey, though, is the first one to see that weekend pay dividends.

Top of the Morning, Oct. 5 , 2018

Barely two years after arriving at Champaign's WCIA, Annice McEwan is on the move. With the full support of her former employer.

McEwan starts next week at Louisville's WDRB, a Fox affiliate. She joins a six-person sports staff as a reporter. She will also have increased anchor duties.