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Women's Basketball

Illini women fall to Nebraska: 'This one just hurts'


A shot to tie the game in the final two minutes.

A five-minute scoreless stretch to start the second half, that turned a three-point deficit to seven. Missed opportunities.

Losing the rebound battle by 13.

It added up to another Big Ten loss for Illinois. Nebraska beat the Illini 80-72 at State Farm Center on Wednesday night.

Ballot breakdown: Men's and women's Top 25 (Jan. 8)

Scott's Men's Top 25

Team (Prev.)

1. Villanova (4)

2. West Virginia (6)

3. Virginia (7)

4. Duke (1)

5. Michigan State (2)

6. Purdue (9)

7. Texas Tech (18)

8. Xavier (5)

9. Oklahoma (8)

10. Wichita State (16)

11. Arizona (10)

12. Arizona State (3)

13. Miami (12)

14. Gonzaga (19)

UI's Whitman eager to maintain facilities

SAVOY — Facilities are never far from the mind of Josh Whitman.

Whether it's improving the ones currently on the Illinois campus or having donor interest for a possible new facility, the Illinois athletic director knows these venues are of keen interest.

Asmussen's Take: Top 10 Illini athletes to watch

Just a week into the new year, longtime N-G sportswriter Bob Asmussen gives you 10 Illinois athletes to watch in 2018.


Illini start strong, but Hawkeyes spoil upset bid

CHAMPAIGN — Five losses in a row. Three against ranked teams. Not the way the Illinois women's basketball team wanted to finish 2017 or start '18.

Illinois led No. 18 Iowa 23-16 after one quarter. Gradually, the Hawkeyes took control in an 84-71 victory.

Extra meaning for Illini's Joens against Iowa

CHAMPAIGN — All games are important to Courtney Joens. But today's matchup against No. 18 Iowa means more to the Illinois guard.

The sophomore grew up in Iowa City and lived five minutes from the Iowa campus.

"I'm really excited," Joens said.

Scarlet Knights await Illini

The coaches working tonight's Illinois-Rutgers game have won a few games. Actually, 1,737 of them.

First-year Illinois coach Nancy Fahey, who won five national titles at Division III Washington University, goes against Hall of Famer C. Vivian Stringer. In her 47th year, Stringer is nine wins away from 1,000.

Ballot breakdown: Men's and women's basketball top 25

Scott's Men's Top 25

Team Prev.

1. Duke 3

2. Michigan State 4

3. Arizona State 1

4. Villanova 2

5. Xavier 6

6. West Virginia 7

7. Virginia 8

8. Oklahoma 13

9. Purdue 9

10. Arizona 17

11. Texas A&M 5

12. Miami 10

13. North Carolina 11

14. Kentucky 14

Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: New Year’s Eve heroes

Twenty-three years ago today, Illinois' football team celebrated its sixth post season bowl appearance in seven years with a 30-0 shutout versus East Carolina at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn. Illini defensive most valuable player — cornerback Robert Crumpton — recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass in the end zone.

Illini stumble offensively in Big Ten opener

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The first two points Illinois allowed Thursday night against Maryland were indicative of the struggles the Illini would face the remainder of the game.