Women's Basketball

Illini prepare for tests

   SPRINGFIELD, Mo.  With a Final Four-type weekend looming, the University of Illinois women''s basketball team might be tempted to look beyond tonight''s preliminary-rounder.

   Bad idea, warns its coach.

Reinking batting 1.000

   CHAMPAIGN  Senior Krista Reinking became the 12th member of the 1,000-point club in Illini women''s basketball history Sunday.

Sheeler on the mark

CHAMPAIGN – Theresa Grentz always had a nagging suspicion her University of Illinois center could play like this.

"She's been harping on me the whole time I've known her to go to the basket and to take it hard," Alicia Sheeler said Sunday. "And that's just what I did tonight."

Marquette takes similar road to top

CHAMPAIGN – It was considered one of the top recruiting classes of 1996 in women's college basketball.

It would join a team coming off a losing season. A team in need of an across-the-board infusion of talent.

Coleman three-dimensional

CHAMPAIGN  Katie Coleman cringes when she hears the words. And she''s been hearing them a lot since her freshman year at the University of Illinois.

"Here they call me a three-point specialist, which I don''t like at all," the sophomore guard said. "I just don''t like to be categorized as one-dimensional."

Berggren backs up words

   CHAMPAIGN  After Illinois lost its season opener to then-No. 3 Old Dominion, guard Ashley Berggren spoke of how tired she was getting at seeing yet another big game slip away.

UI women climb to sixth in rankings

Tennessee, Old Dominion, Connecticut and Louisiana Tech remained the top four teams in The Associated Press women's basketball poll Monday, with Tennessee once more a unanimous No. 1.

Spoils of war

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – After taking care of their first order of business, the 1997 San Juan Shootout champs turned their attention to more important matters.

Which way to the Atlantic Ocean?

Tournament politics

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – She came within a three-pointer of tying the Big Ten record, threw in 54 points and played for the championship team.

What's a woman gotta do to make an all-tournament team around here?

Illini testing scoreboard operators

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – When she gets back home Monday night, Theresa Grentz ought to see if she can get a new record book printed up.

This one's starting to get outdated.

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