CHAMPAIGN – Starting today, the Illinois women's basketball team has no mulligans.
The 25th-ranked Illini open at 2 p.m. against Clemson at the Assembly Hall, and they'll try to erase the sting of an 11-point exhibition loss that pointed out a few areas of concern.
CHAMPAIGN – Not since Theresa Grentz came to Illinois in 1995 has an Illini women's basketball team faced as many questions as the current edition.
Given that, here are 10 that come to mind:
Despite an 11-point exhibition defeat Sunday, the Illinois women moved into the Associated Press Top 25 poll Monday. The Illini entered at No. 25 ahead of Saturday's season opener against Clemson.
CHAMPAIGN – Moments after the Illinois women's basketball team was blitzed by a collection of guards known as the Reebok Lady Stars, Theresa Grentz had one thing in mind.
Practice. Or five practices. Take your pick.
CHAMPAIGN – Ashley Berggren, two years removed from Illinois' women's basketball team, is ready to move on.
Spurned by the WNBA, Berggren is teaching physical education at a Crystal Lake elementary school. But she isn't quite ready to give up on basketball. And judging by Sunday's 18-point, 15-rebound performance in an exhibition game against the Illini, she shouldn't.
Illinois coach Theresa Grentz is among 10 new inductees to the women's basketball Hall of Fame.
Grentz is part of the institution's third class and is joined by Van Chancellor, Phyllis Holmes, LaTaunya Pollard, Linda Sharp, C. Vivian Stringer, Vanya Voinova, Hazel Walker, Rosie Walker and Holly Warlick. Induction ceremonies are June 8-9 in Knoxville, Tenn.
- EASY DOES IT: She has a tendency to rush things and get a bit hyper. But Illinois forward Cindy Dallas, eager to get onto the court permanently after three knee surgeries, is beginning to understand everything doesn't have to be done yesterday.
CHAMPAIGN – With three guards playing more than 30 minutes in last week's exhibition game, Illinois women's basketball coach Theresa Grentz is worried about a lack of depth.
On Wednesday, the first day of the signing period for high school athletes, Grentz officially picked up some help. Guards Jere Issenmann and Tiffanie Guthrie, along with swing player Angelina Williams, signed letters of intent to enroll at Illinois.
The Illinois women's basketball team barely missed being ranked in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 poll, which was announced today.
Illinois and Florida tied for the most points among teams not in the Top 25, with 79 apiece. No. 25 Cal Santa Barbara received 85 points in voting by a nationwide panel of sports writers and broadcasters.