Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball

UPDATED: Bollant lands at Eastern Illinois

CHARLESTON — Matt Bollant coached his first college game in Charleston as an assistant on Kathi Bennett’s first Evansville coaching staff in 1997. The Purple Aces came away with a 58-44 victory against Eastern Illinois.

Fahey signs first recruit

CHAMPAIGN — New Illinois women's basketball coach Nancy Fahey inherited five open scholarships for the 2017-18 season when she replaced Matt Bollant. She used one of them this week.

UPDATE: Illini not among McCoy's options

COLUMBUS, Ohio —Former St. Thomas More All-American Tori McCoy made the Big Ten’s All-Freshman team this year at Ohio State, but she was miserable throughout the season, her father, Tim, said.

Top of the Morning, April 4, 2017

Mike Haile made like UI athletic director Josh Whitman to introduce SCOTT BEATTY as host of "SportsTalk" on WDWS 1400-AM on Monday.

Haile, general manager of WDWS, WHMS and WKIO, subbed "#WeWillRadio" for Whitman's "#WeWillWin" hashtag he has used to introduce new UI coaches.

April 6 Ask the Sports Editor chat

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 2:00pm

What's next for Brad Underwood, Nancy Fahey and Lovie Smith and their respective programs? How are the spring sports faring at Illinois? What about in the local high school ranks? When is the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon again? Sports editor Matt Daniels will answer any and all questions during his 2 p.m. chat on Thursday.

Our way-too-early 2017-18 women's basketball top 10

After Sunday’s Gamecock victory, News-Gazette AP Top 25 voter Scott Richey has the Huskies atop his way-too-early ballot for 2017-18:

1. UConn
The Huskies lose just one starter, return three All-Americans and add the No. 2 recruiting class stocked with four five-star prospects. Cue Geno Auriemma’s next 100-game winning streak.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Revisiting 2005

Exactly a dozen years ago today, the Fighting Illini men's team tied college basketball's record for single-season victories with a 72-57 win over Louisville in the NCAA semifinals. The triumph, sparked by 20 points apiece from Roger Powell and Luther Head, was the Illini's 37th victory of the season, tying the collegiate mark originally set by UNLV in 1987 and matched by Duke in 1999.

UI women's basketball recruit reportedly mulling commitment

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois' women's basketball coaching change with Nancy Fahey replacing Matt Bollant has top 2017 recruit Channise Lewis reportedly unsure of her status with the Illini after signing in November.

Fahey rounds out first coaching staff

CHAMPAIGN — The new Illinois women’s basketball coaching staff won’t look too dissimilar from the past five seasons. New Illini coach Nancy Fahey retained associate head coach LaKale Malone and assistant coach Tianna Kirkland in addition to bringing assistant coach Steve Cochran with her to Illinois from Washington University in St. Louis.

Marcus Jackson/About Town: A different view

CHAMPAIGN — On Tuesday evening, exactly five years after he was hired as the eighth coach in Illinois women's basketball history, Matt Bollant leaned against a fence at Judah Christian's Gene A. Salmons Field of Dreams, shouting words of encouragement to the girls playing soccer for the Tribe.

"Nice job, Joss!"

"Way to go, Regan!"