Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball

Illinois women need to solve Iowa''s triangle offense

   IOWA CITY, Iowa  The triangle offense was made popular by Phil Jackson and Michael Jordan in Chicago. It has been resurrected  at least a form of it  by Lisa Bluder''s Iowa Hawkeyes.

   Illinois gets its chance to defend the triangle today when it closes the regular season. How effectively the Illini manage the triangle is the key to their success.

UI women''s basketball box score

  Indiana 70, Illinois 66

Illini running scared at end

   CHAMPAIGN  For a moment, forget about the NCAA tournament. The Illinois women''s basketball team has more pressing needs to tend.

   Topping the list: Finding a way to avoid the late-game collapses that have cost the Illini four games in the last three weeks, including Thursday''s 70-66 loss against Indiana at the Assembly Hall.

UI says goodbye to bye

   CHAMPAIGN  With Thursday''s loss against Indiana, the Illinois women lost all chance of gaining a first-round bye in next week''s Big Ten tournament at Indianapolis.

   Anything more than that, however, involves some guesswork and maybe an abacus.

Emotions in motion for Rantoul´s Smith

   CHAMPAIGN  Illinois senior Yolanda Smith is so emotional she can shed tears watching a commercial.

   Imagine what Senior Night festivities during tonight''s Illinois-Indiana game at the Assembly Hall might do to her.

Laboring UI short on time

   STATE COLLEGE, Pa.  The NCAA tournament selection committee weighs heavily how a team finishes its regular season.

   The criteria has Illinois facing long odds as a bubble team heading into the final week of the women''s regular season.

UI Women''s Basketball Game 24 Box Score

GAME 24 BOX SCORE

Nittany Lions 83, Illini 78

Illini´s Dallas goes forward

   CHAMPAIGN  It is both a burden and a badge of honor that Cindy Dallas forever will be known in Illinois basketball lore as the player who overcame three ligament tears in her left knee.

   After nearly four years of rehabbing her knee, wondering about her knee and answering questions about her knee, the 22-year-old UI forward is just plain tired of it. Who could blame her?

Illini in good hands

   CHAMPAIGN  Their floor general, the person whom coach Theresa Grentz often alluded to as the catalyst of the Illinois offense, was planted in street clothes on the bench.

   That left the steering duties to a trio of freshmen for Wednesday''s game against Ohio State. If only the Titanic had been in these hands ...

UI women''s basketball box score

Illinois 96, Ohio State 76