CHAMPAIGN — Missed three-pointers. Open layups that rimmed in and then right back out.
Illinois went through some real offensive struggles in the first half of Sunday’s Big Ten opener against Purdue. But these weren’t any new bumps in the road.
Beat writer Scott Richey will get in one more chat of 2014, taking all your questions on Illinois women's basketball — this year's team, recruiting, the Big Ten and anything else you can think of. If you slip in a question about Illini volleyball, he'll probably answer that, too.
That's it for another LIVE! Report from State Farm Center. Illinois loses its Big Ten opener 62-55 against Purdue and moves to 9-4 on the season. This one's on the Illini's free throw shooting. Illinois bounced back in the second half after some serious offensive struggles, but couldn't figure things out at the line going 11 of 22.
UI women vs. Purdue, 2 p.m. Sunday
Illinois (9-3, 0-0 Big ten)
P Name Yr. Ht. PPG Previous game (win vs. Murray State)
G Kyley Simmons RS-Jr. 5-7 9.3 28 min., 5 points, 4 rebounds
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois head coach Matt Bollant liked the fact his team had a lengthy break in between its win at Valparaiso on Dec. 13 and Monday night’s final nonconference game against Murray State. The Illini got a chance to just practice, work on themselves instead of prepare for another opponent in that nine-day stretch with no game.
It’s a nonconference plateau Illinois hasn’t reached since the 2006-07 season, when the Illini went 10-2 to start the season.
Until Monday night, that is.
Well, that's it from State Farm Center and another LIVE! Report. Illinois knocks off Murray State 64-44 to finish the nonconference portion of its schedule 9-3. That's quite an improvement from last season. The Illini won just nine games in 2013-14 and didn't get that ninth win until late January.
UI women vs. Murray State, 7 p.m. today
P Name Yr. Ht. PPG — Previous game
G Kyley Simmons RS-Jr. 5-7 9.7 — 33 min., 9 points
G Brittany Carter Sr. 6-0 8.4 — 35 min., 22 points