Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball

Yanni injury puts damper on team

   MINNEAPOLIS  On Super Bowl Sunday, the Illinois womens basketball team had one game on its mind: a road trip to Minnesota.

   Despite allowing the Gophers to stay close late in the second half, Illinois reeled in an 88-81 Big Ten victory.

Northwestern win might be novel idea

After a disastrous 0-8 start to the Big Ten season, Northwestern coach June Olkowski figures her team needs to spend some time in the library.

"We are really fighting the ghosts in our closets," Olkowski said. "We really question everything that we are and who we are. I told the kids after the (Minnesota) game, we need to read the book, 'The Scarlet Letter.' We need to be proud of who we are and make a stand against ourselves, really."

Home's where hurt is for Illini

CHAMPAIGN – The long, strange journey known as the 2000-01 Illinois women's basketball season took another twist Thursday.

Visiting Wisconsin won in C-U for the third time in 16 attempts, handing the Illini a 73-65 defeat in front of 3,852 at the Assembly Hall.

Dallas playing her Illinois role to perfection

CHAMPAIGN – If Cindy Dallas is, as she says, a role player now, then her role Thursday was all-encompassing.

The sophomore forward, who has been moved to a reserve role after starting the first 17 games, played a solid and smart all-around game against Wisconsin, collecting seven points, 10 rebounds and two steals in 22 minutes against one of the strongest frontlines in the Big Ten.

UI Women''s Basketball Game 19 Box Score

Badgers 73, Illini 65

Illini, Badgers stuck chasing Boilermakers

CHAMPAIGN – The Great Purdue Chase continues tonight at the Assembly Hall.

At 7-0 in the Big Ten, the Boilermakers have taken command of the battle for the regular season title and No. 1 seed for the league tourney March 1-4. The two teams in closest pursuit – 5-2 Wisconsin and 4-2 Illinois – square off tonight for second place. Every other team has at least three losses, which means tonight's loser will be thrown into the jumble.

On schedule

CHAMPAIGN – After a year and a half, Krista Reinking has almost become accustomed to carrying books onto dimly lit buses and studying while eating lunch.

The women's basketball assistant coach at Illinois has been through it so much now that her double duty – she's finishing her master's degree in Educational Organization and Leadership – is nearly second nature.

UI women stretch Purdue to limit

CHAMPAIGN – When it was over, Camille Cooper carried her Purdue teammate, Katie Douglas, off the Assembly Hall floor on her back.

It was appropriate. Only minutes before, Douglas had done the same for her Big Ten-leading teammates.

Purdue wipes glass clean

CHAMPAIGN – Purdue has had trouble lately preventing teams from getting offensive rebounds. It appears the Boilermakers paid attention to what their foes were doing.

Purdue corralled 23 offensive rebounds Sunday in a victory against Illinois, and that figured prominently in the outcome.

UI women''s basketball box score vs. Purdue

Purdue 72, Illinois 64