Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball

Illini freshmen fuel first-round win in Big Ten tournament

INDIANAPOLIS —Their best player, Alex Wittinger, was on the bench Wednesday with an injured hand.

The starting lineup included three freshmen. And they fell behind by eight in the first quarter.
It would have been easy for Matt Bollant’s team to call it a year. But they wanted to play more basketball.

Illini with chance to snap losing skid at Big Ten tournament

INDIANAPOLIS — It’s been less than two months since Matt Bollant’s team last played Nebraska. The 79-59 victory at State Farm Center on Jan. 15 gave the Illini a 3-2 record in the Big Ten.

At the time, there was talk about the improvement the young Illini team had made. The three wins were more than the school had in the entire 2015-16 season.

Ballot Breakdown: Not giving up on Gonzaga


Sunday Conversation: Matt Bollant

The wins haven’t happened at the pace Illinois women’s basketball coach Matt Bollant would have liked to have seen since he took the job back in March 2012.

McConnell ready for curtain call

CHAMPAIGN — Matt Bollant first took notice of Ashley McConnell before he arrived at Illinois.

The fifth-year Illini coach has kept close tabs on her in the ensuing years since the Palatine Fremd product caught Bollant’s eye at a summer camp at Green Bay, Bollant’s previous employer, between her sophomore and junior year of high school.

First Hall of Fame class not perfect, but it's a start

First, the obvious point: Picking the initial class for UI Athletics Hall of Fame is borderline impossible. Or, at least, very tricky.

How do you differentiate between eras? Do you pick based on what they did in college or after they left Illinois? Is a national title worth more than a gold medal?

Illinois will induct 28 into Hall of Fame

CHAMPAIGN — The inaugural Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame class is loaded with familiar names, 28 of the greatest in Illini history from players to coaches. The 2017 class was announced Thursday morning, rounding out the group that was started last year with All-American linebacker Dick Butkus.

Ballot Breakdown: Drake women finally getting noticed

A look at how Illinois basketball beat writer SCOTT RICHEY’s polls compare with those of the Associated Press:

Richey's Men's Top 25

UI roundup: Women's hoops slows, can't stop Wildcats

EVANSTON — Despite holding Northwestern to 33.3 percent shooting from the field — 21.1 percent from the three-point line — and forcing 16 Wildcat turnovers, the Illini women’s basketball team fell to the Wildcats 66-53 on Sunday.

UI Roundup: Slow start stymies Illini women

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois women’s basketball team found itself in a hole early Tuesday night and lost to Penn State 80-62. The Nittany Lions raced out to a 15-0 lead and never trailed in the game.