Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball

First-team times three

Illini senior Ashley Berggren joined some select company Friday when she was selected to the All-Big Ten Conference first team. Berggren is the 12th player in league history to be named to the first team three times. A list of the triple honorees:

Berggren joins three-peat elite

INDIANAPOLIS – Move over, Michelle Edwards. Make room, Katie Smith. There's a new member joining your exclusive club.

Her name's Ashley Berggren. And like Iowa's Edwards, Ohio State's Smith and nine other women's basketball greats, the Illinois senior now is a three-time All-Big Ten first-team pick, too.

Still wondering how to solve second-half blues

INDIANAPOLIS – Any ideas on how Illinois can break out of its second-half funk?

The Illini are all ears.

Asmussen: Highlights don''t serve Illini cause

The five-minute videotape shows Ashley Berggren taking 27 shots. She makes all 27.

Sent out to Big Ten area and national media, the tape is trying to convince voters to make Berggren an All-American.


In seven of the Illini's last eight games, they have built halftime leads ranging from 11 to 27 points. In six of those seven, Illinois has given up 40 or more points in the second half and been outscored by from three to 17 points. A half-by-half breakdown of the UI's last eight games:

Iowa team to beat at tournament

   INDIANAPOLIS  When the Big Ten Conference reinstated its women''s basketball tournament three years ago, Illinois had nowhere to go but up.

   In 1995, it was one-game-and-out for the 10th-seeded Illini.

UI's Grentz wins award

Theresa Grentz of the University of Illinois has been named Big Ten women's basketball coach of the year in a vote by media.

UI women in hunt to play host

CHAMPAIGN – An 0-2 weekend may have cost Illinois a conference title, but it didn't knock the Big Ten runner-up out of the running to host NCAA tournament games.

Defeat eats at Illini

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – It was a bittersweet day for Ashley Berggren.

Although the senior guard became the University of Illinois' all-time leading scorer in women's basketball Sunday, her team failed to capitalize on in its bid to repeat as Big Ten Conference co-champions.

Settling for Second

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – For Illinois, the Mackey Mystique remains maddeningly impenetrable.

Since 1985, Illini women's basketball teams have traveled to Mackey Arena 13 times to play Purdue. And 13 times, Illinois has returned home winless.