Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball

Freshman, father react to allegations

CHAMPAIGN — Marvin Rice feels like his family did its due diligence when his daughter, Cierra, committed and signed with Illinois.

And after allegations surfaced of racial discrimination and verbal abuse against the Illini coaching staff.

Expert: Players have uphill climb in suit against UI

Seven former University of Illinois women's basketball players could have a tough time winning their $10 million discrimination lawsuit against the UI, says a central Illinois lawyer who represents plaintiffs in civil rights cases.

Asmussen: Heavy damage done to women's basketball

The doors were unlocked at the Ubben Basketball Complex on Wednesday afternoon. Like usual. At 1:30 p.m., the side designated for the women’s team sat mostly empty.

Two young kids shot and dribbled. That was it.

On a warm day, the air conditioning worked well. It was almost chilly inside. Wouldn’t want to have to pay the power bill.

Sports Talk 07-01-15

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The 7 Illini who filed suit

Seven former Illinois women’s basketball players filed a $10 million lawsuit Wednesday against the university, athletic director Mike Thomas, head coach Matt Bollant and former associate head coach Mike Divilbiss. Here’s a look at where the players are now:

Former star weighs in on allegations

Former Illini star Karisma Penn, who played for Matt Bollant and Mike Divilbiss during her senior season, said she believed the allegations of her former teammates and the four other Bollant recruits who filed suit against the UI on Wednesday.

UPDATED: Former UI women's basketball players file suit

Seven former Illini women’s basketball players have sued the University of Illinois, alleging coach Matt Bollant and former assistant Mike Divilbiss created a racially hostile environment in violation of the Federal Civil Rights Act. 

Recognize her?

Jillian Ellis was the first Illinois women's soccer coach in school history.

She only stayed for two seasons, compiling a 19-18 record during the 1997 and 1998 seasons with the Illini before moving on to UCLA.

June 30 UI 'Olympic sports' chat

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 3:00pm

Staff writer Scott Richey will mark his one-year anniversary with the News-Gazette with another chat on everything Illini. He's back at it again this week at 3 p.m. with your answers for Illinois volleyball, soccer, women's basketball and baseball questions.