Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball

UI Women''s Basketball Game 29 Box Score

Michigan State 70, Illinois 57

Illinois gets benefit of Wilson''s strength

   CHAMPAIGN  In one sense, Holly Wilson''s senior season at Illinois has been the epitome of frustration.

   Chronically bad feet have limited her playing time to three games and a total of 11 minutes. Coach Theresa Grentz said Wilson is scheduled for foot surgery May 16.

UI women''s basketball box score

Illinois 91, Western Kentucky 84

Illinois'' Yanni comfortable for first time since surgery

   CHAMPAIGN  March was just what Aminata Yanni needed.

   The sophomore guard, struggling to fully recover from last year''s knee injury, had her best stretch of play in months Thursday, collecting 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists in Illinois'' WNIT victory against Western Kentucky at the Assembly Hall.

Illini women clip, clear first hurdle

   CHAMPAIGN  If nothing else, the Illinois women''s basketball team exorcised a demon or two.

   After frittering away a bundle of leads in February, the Illini held on to one Thursday in the first round of the Women''s NIT, defeating Western Kentucky 91-84 in front of 1,072 at the Assembly Hall.

UI first-round foe battles adversity

   CHAMPAIGN  Four months after she arrived at Western Kentucky as an assistant coach, Marti Whitmore is the Hilltoppers'' acting head coach.

   What has happened to the Western Kentucky women''s basketball program during that time could fill a notebook or three.

NCAA women''s tournament analysis

   News-Gazette staff writer Tony Bleill analyzes the NCAA men''s tournament field:

Illinois, Western Kentucky square off in WNIT

   CHAMPAIGN  It''s a first-round Women''s NIT game, but area basketball fans will get a look at one of the more tradition-rich programs in the women''s game Thursday.

   Illinois on Sunday drew a home game against Western Kentucky, a 14-time NCAA tournament qualifier and a three-time Final Four entrant.

Bleill: Pick this field right, go to Vegas

   Selecting the field for the women''s NCAA tournament always is a much bigger pain in the you-know-what than picking the winners after the field has been determined. And it''s much more tedious and difficult.

   As much as a crapshoot as it can be predicting winners, it''s not nearly as hard as deciphering what might be going through the minds of the selection committee, which can pick almost randomly among a handful of teams for the final spot. Each is worthy, each deserving, and God only knows what the final criteria will be.

Fantastic foursome has secured the Big Ten''s future

   INDIANAPOLIS  As a whole, the Big Ten is enjoying one of its strongest seasons in recent memory, with as many as 10 teams in the running for postseason berths.

   But what really gets league members excited is the conference''s future. It rests ably in the hands of four outstanding sophomores, perhaps the best group of second-year players the league has ever seen.