Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball

Grentz gives Illinois women hoops history lesson

   CHAMPAIGN  Theresa Grentz often refers to herself as a teacher, and her classroom is the gymnasium.

   During final exams week, the Illinois women''s basketball coach continues to teach, but her subject expands.

Illinois women pass exam

   CHICAGO  Considering everything that went wrong in Saturday''s first half of the Illinois women''s basketball game against Pepperdine, that the Illini managed to pull out a 77-71 overtime victory at the United Center was as uplifting as the early moments were deflating.

   If nothing else, the Illini learned a little something about themselves. Specifically, the lesson was that early adversity doesn''t spell doom. And the most interested party in that query was the UI''s head coach.

Illinois women''s basketball box score

Illinois 77, Pepperdine 71

Illini freshman has good timing

   CHICAGO  For a team that doesn''t make many three-pointers, Illinois buried a big one Saturday against Pepperdine.

   Freshman Jere Issenmann''s three with five seconds left in regulation propelled the Illini into overtime, and the UI came away with a 77-71 win at the United Center.

Illini forming answer

   CHICAGO  When Illinois'' women''s basketball team began preparations for the season, one large question mark that loomed was the team''s depth.

   The bench figured to include three freshmen, a senior battling chronic foot problems (Holly Wilson), a junior who averaged 1.5 minutes last season (Karen Hagberg), a little-used sophomore (Brenda Blackburn), a little-used senior (Yo-landa Smith) and a walk-on (Allison Guth).

Illinois nurturing intrastate rivalries

   CHAMPAIGN  Illinois has had its way recently in the Interstate 74 rivalry with Illinois State, but the series shouldn''t be extinct anytime soon.

   Illinois beat the Redbirds 75-57 Thursday for its third straight victory in the series and eighth in the last nine meetings. But expect the UI to visit Redbird Arena next Dec. 2 for a rematch.

Illinois offense goes about its job to defeat Redbirds

   CHAMPAIGN  No one this season will accuse the Illinois offense of being complicated stuff.

   That doesn''t necessarily mean it''s easy to conquer.

UI Women''s Basketball Game 6 Box Score

GAME 6 BOX SCORE

Illini 75, Redbirds 57

Urbana''s own assemble as ISU Redbirds

   CHAMPAIGN  Sophie Tirtiaux plopped herself into a chair, tossed her crutches to her side and looked at her roommate and teammate, Heidi Harnisch.

   In roughly 24 hours, they would be playing in a building both had dreamed of playing in, though Harnisch''s wishes run a little deeper.

Illinois'' Williams fitting in nicely

   CHICAGO  Angelina Williams made about a dozen Illinois fans very happy Tuesday night.

   The Chicago native, playing her first game in her hometown since enrolling at Illinois in August, sparked a second-half Illini surge in some of her best action of the season.