Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball

Illini women stun Iowa in opener

OPENING STATEMENT

Illinois Women's Basketball: vs. Iowa

Illinois women take on Iowa in college basketball action at State Farm Center in Champaign on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. 

Bollant ready to turn season around

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois entered Big Ten play last season on a three-game losing streak, Cierra Rice injured, transfer forward Simone Law sidelined for the year with her own injury and three players — Chatrice White, Kyley Simmons and Alex Wittinger — the only true consistent offensive options.

The Illini went on to finish 2-16 in the Big Ten and 9-23 overall.

Ballot Breakdown: Louisville men leapfrog Kentucky

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

Richey's Men's Top 25

Sunday Conversation: Tori McCoy

Coming to Ohio State University as a five-star recruit, many expected former St. Thomas More standout Tori McCoy to contribute right away. The forward has wasted no time making an impact for the Buckeyes, earning Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors in mid-December. Copy editor STEVE BOURBON chatted with McCoy to check in on her first semester in at Ohio State:

Illini women finish nonconference schedule with loss

ATHENS, Ohio — Despite having a losing nonconference record, the Illinois women’s basketball team should be prepared for the rigors of Big Ten play, UI coach Matt Bollant said Thursday night after the team’s latest defeat.

The Illini (5-8) received a season-best 25 points from sophomore Alex Wittinger and a career-high 13 points from freshman Courtney Joens, but Ohio won 80-68.

Illini women go cold at Central Michigan

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Illinois’ chance at a third straight win took its first hit in the second quarter Monday night at Central Michigan. Trailing by just two through the first quarter, the Illini shot 26.7 percent in the second — down from 50 percent in the first — and saw their deficit grow to 11 by the break.

Ballot breakdown: White's new team going strong

A look at how UI hoops writer Scott Richey’s polls compare with those of the Associated Press:

Richey's Men's Top 25

Cattenhead, Wittinger show way

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois women’s basketball team has had some difficulty closing games this season.

Thanks to Kennedy Cattenhead and Alex Wittinger, that wasn’t a problem on Saturday against Florida Gulf Coast.

Cattenhead scored a career-high 19 points, including 12 in the final period, to help lead the Illini to an 82-73 victory at State Farm Center.

Ballot breakdown: Top 10 stays similar on both sides

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

Richey's Men's Top 25