Entering the season, you indicated that the loss of All-American Karisma Penn and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Adrienne GodBold would make it difficult to match the success of your first Illini team, which won 19 games and reached the WNIT quarterfinals. Are you surprised, however, by how steep the decline ended up being?
INDIANAPOLIS — With the final curtain poised to drop on Amber Moore’s college basketball career, the fifth-year Illinois senior did everything she could Thursday to delay the closing act at least one more day.
A longtime Illini nemesis, however, was having none of it.
CHAMPAIGN — They won two games during the entire Big Ten race. They are entering the conference tournament as the lowest seed. And they are mired in a double-digit losing streak.
Those are the distressing details on the current Illinois women’s basketball team, but we could just as well be referring to the 2010-11 Illini.
The similarities are striking.
Illinois vs. No. 23 Iowa,
1:30 p.m. today
NO. 12 SEED ILLINOIS (9-20)
Pos. Name Yr. Ht. PPG
G Ivory Crawford Jr. 5-10 14.4
ROSEMONT — Illinois senior guard Amber Moore and junior guard Ivory Crawford were selected as honorable mention All-Big Ten on Monday.
Crawford received the honor from conference coaches and media, while Moore was picked by Big Ten media members.
Moore leads Illinois with 14.9 points per game, which ranks 11th in the league.
CHAMPAIGN — No need for Matt Bollant and his Illinois coaching staff to scramble for recent video of the next opponent.
The same Iowa women’s basketball team that visited State Farm Center on Sunday afternoon for a regular season finale will be the first team the Illini face in the Big Ten tournament later this week in Indianapolis.
Final: Iowa 81, Illinois 56
The Illini women's basketball team lost its 10th game in a row, 81-56, against Iowa on Sunday at State Farm Center.
Illinois (9-20) finished the regular season last in the Big Ten with a 2-14 record and went winless in home conference games (0-8) for the first time in program history.
No. 25 Iowa at Illinois
3 p.m. today
IOWA (22-7, 10-5 Big Ten)
Pos. Name Yr. Ht. PPG
G Samantha Logic Jr. 5-9 14.1
CHAMPAIGN — Perhaps no member of the Illinois women’s basketball team was more emotional on Senior Day last year than Amber Moore.
And the Illini guard-forward wasn’t even being honored.