INDIANAPOLIS – Even in a perfect world, Michigan underclassmen Ruth Kipping and Alison Miller had their hands full.
Saddle them with two early fouls apiece, and their task of stopping Illinois all-Big Ten frontliners Susan Blauser and Alicia Sheeler becomes a spectacle.
INDIANAPOLIS - Hello, NCAA women's tournament.
In a week, Illinois starts packing its bags. Destination TBA. (That's "To Be Announced" for those of you with abbreviation deficiencies.)
INDIANAPOLIS – Hard to imagine now, but a few months ago everyone was wondering who was going to score the points for the Illinois women's basketball team.
While fans tried to figure out who would take over Ashley Berggren's long-held role, junior Susan Blauser was whispering to herself. Hey, what about me?
Slowly and efficiently, Big Ten women's basketball keeps adding pieces to its television package.
One year, the tournament final is tape-delayed. The next year, it is live.
CHAMPAIGN – It took awhile, but Melissa Parker says she is starting to catch on to this so-called "shooter's mentality."
Throw up a brick? Tough. Keep shooting.
Miss six straight? Tough. Keep shooting.
Airball? Ugh. Keep shooting.
When you are Illinois' top three-point threat, options are not bountiful.
CHAMPAIGN - Theresa Grentz called it a "woulda, coulda, shoulda" type of season.
Starting Saturday in Indianapolis'' RCA Dome, Grentz''s Illini get a shot to turn "coulda" into "did."
INDIANAPOLIS – Junior Susan Blauser, the leading scorer for the Illinois women's basketball team, was named first team All-Big Ten today in separate votes by the league's media and coaches.
Blauser, a transfer from Rutgers, was the only Illini named to the eight-player team. Senior Alicia Sheeler and junior Tauja Catchings were named to the second team by the media and coaches.
CHAMPAIGN – Wisconsin women's basketball coach Jane Albright-Dieterle had an impossible time last year trying to find five worthy candidates for the Big Ten's all-freshman team.
It took even longer to fill out her ballot this year. But for different reasons.
CHAMPAIGN – The Big Ten's best offensive team showed off its balance Sunday, and Iowa coach Angie Lee noticed.
After placing six players in double figures in Sunday's loss at Wisconsin, Illinois put five in double digits on Sunday, capped by Melissa Parker's 23.