Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball

No pain, no gain for Big Ten

   Since Illinois fans last saw a Big Ten opponent, the Illini lost two-thirds of their starting backcourt, Purdue lost a highly touted freshman after her run-in with the law, Michigan''s coach was sued by a fired assistant coach, Minnesota fired its head coach after alleged NCAA violations and Wisconsin''s coach was denied a contract extension despite leading her team to the NCAA tournament.

   It wasn''t just another offseason in the Big Ten. But if that turmoil was supposed to contribute to the demise of those programs, it hasn''t happened. Illinois is 7-3 and in position to land an NCAA tourney spot if it can rack up 10 Big Ten wins. Once-beaten Purdue is ranked No. 7. Michigan is 10-1 and ranked No. 12. Minnesota, buoyed by new coach Brenda Oldfield, is off to its best start in school history (9-1). Wisconsin has beaten three ranked teams and has risen to No. 14.

UI Women''s Game 10 Box Score

Illinois 74, Tigers 53

Grentz sold on doubleheaders to recruit fans

   ST. LOUIS  Fans who paid close attention saw an especially vocal and demonstrative Theresa Grentz along the sideline Saturday in the Illini''s victory against Missouri.

   Turns out there was a reason. Saturday''s game was especially meaningful.

Illini earn straight A''s

   ST. LOUIS  A few weeks ago, Theresa Grentz joked that the grade Illinois'' women''s basketball team receives in her unofficial Basketball 101 class depends on what the Illini get her for Christmas.

   How about a thorough, unabashed lashing of rival Missouri?

Stein hoists Mizzou program

   ST. LOUIS  When Missouri coach Cindy Stein steps into the community to discuss her women''s basketball team, she quickly discovers times have changed.

   Fans know her players'' names. They ask specific questions. And they''re showing up in greater numbers at the Hearnes Center.

UI women''s basketball box score

Illinois 91, Eastern Illinois 49

Freshman has a nose for ball

   CHAMPAIGN  Illinois freshman Tiffanie Guthrie has the sturdy, strong body of a Big Ten basketball player.

   With each game, she seems to be playing like one, too.

UI finds cure, rips Panthers

   CHAMPAIGN  Don''t be surprised today if Bill Self and Theresa Grentz are huddled over a couple cups of coffee  better make that tomato juice for Self  at Aunt Sonya''s trying to decipher the first-half maladies that badger their squads.

   You can hear them now.

Former Illini enjoying return as EIU women''s coach

   CHAMPAIGN  As coach Linda Wunder''s Eastern Illinois women''s basketball team left the Assembly Hall floor Tuesday after the team''s practice, the Illinois men began to mill around in preparation for their game a few hours later.

   For Wunder, a former Illinois player, it must have elicited some sort of flashback.

Women''s Game 8 Basketball Box Score

GAME 8 BOX SCORE

Sooners 91, Illini 69

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