Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball

2016 Illinois Year in Review: Program Grades

Men’s golf: A
Why an A: Mike Small’s squad is still in search of that elusive national title, but the Illini reaffirmed this spring that they’ve got a premier powerhouse program.

Last year’s grade: A

Illini legends, lists and lore: John "Jack" Watson

John “Jack” Watson, born 123 years ago Monday, was the University of Illinois football team’s very first All-America center. Born and raised in DeKalb, he lettered for Coach Bob Zuppke’s first three varsity teams in 1913, ’14 and ’15.

Forward takes leap of faith

OAKLEY, Calif. — Cydnee Kinslow was sure about Pepperdine. So sure she enrolled early, forgoing her senior season at Freedom High School in Oakley, to get a jump-start on her college career.

Coaches' corner: Illinois' Matt Bollant

Each Monday, we get to know some of the men and women who lead athletes in our area. This week — Illinois women’s hoops coach Matt Bollant:

Rice returns, but without hardship waiver

CHAMPAIGN — The knee injury then-freshman CeCe Rice suffered on Dec. 22 came at an inopportune time for the Illinois women’s basketball team.

Not only did the Illini lose their shooting guard right during the second game of what turned into an eight-game losing streak — a loss to South Dakota three days before Christmas — but the injury happened in the 10th game of the season.

Grentz reflects on death of icon

EASTON, Pa. — She called Pat Summitt “Tennessee.”

Summitt called her “Pennsylvania.”

Bollant: Summitt was 'great role model'

URBANA — A little more than 90 miles separated Matt Bollant and Pat Summitt last decade.

The two programs in Tennessee, however, where they both coached were worlds apart when it came to women’s basketball.

Ex-UI coach Law remembers Summitt

One of her lowest coaching moments hadn’t yet been revealed to the outside world, but after she was told she was out as the Illinois women’s basketball coach, Jolette Law was already shown a window toward a brighter future.

That’s because Pat Summitt was on the line, and she wanted to recruit Law. Again.

Asmussen: Big Ten TV deal nearly perfect

When Adam Silver or Rob Manfred or Roger Goodell speaks to a crowd of fans, they are booed. Loudly. Commissioners, for some reason, draw the ire of the people.

Except in the Big Ten.

There will be no booing the next time Jim Delany speaks. As commissioners go, he always wins the popularity contest.

UI releases Whitman's contract

CHAMPAIGN — Annual compensation of up to $800,000, two courtesy cars and a $1 million buyout for leaving are among the highlights of Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman's five-year contract, which was obtained by The News-Gazette on Wednesday.