CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ three-point shooting problems aren’t quite solved, but the Illini took a step in the right direction in Tuesday’s 66-48 win against Robert Morris.
While Illinois shot just 14 percent from deep, the fact that percentage is higher than zero is an improvement from the 0-for-21 performance in the season opener against Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois coach Matt Bollant considered his offense well ahead of his defense following the Illini’s exhibition win against Millikin on Nov. 8.
This is it from the LIVE! Report at State Farm Center. Illinois never trailed and beat Robert Morris 66-48 behind a game-high 23 points from freshman center Chatrice White. Brittany Carter had a double-double for the Illini with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Brooke Kissinger made the team's only 3-pointers and finished with 10 points.
UI women vs. Robert Morris, 7 p.m. today
P Name Yr. Ht. PPG Previous game (vs. IPFW)
G Kyley Simmons RS-Jr. 5-7 4.0 34 min., 1-8 shooting, 5 assists
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois worked on its defense most of the week leading up to Friday’s season opener against Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne. Head coach Matt Bollant wasn’t entirely pleased with the way his team played defensively in its exhibition win against Millikin and made it a point of emphasis in preparation for the Mastodons.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois watched three-point attempt after three-point attempt rim out, bounce off or sail past the hoop in Friday afternoon’s season opener against Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne. When the final buzzer sounded, the Illini had missed every one of the 21 three-pointers they shot.
Recipe for disaster, right?
The Illinois women's basketball team had its issues offensively — namely 0 of 21 shooting from 3-point range — but a stingy defense and Ivory Crawford and Amarah Coleman attacking the basket on offense helped key a 70-63 victory for the Illini against IPFW in their season opener at State Farm Center.