CHAMPAIGN — There will be a little bit more bounce in the step on the way back to class Tuesday morning. The Illinois women’s basketball team, with its gaudy GPA, has a win to go with its record-setting report card.
“Definitely, coming off this win is going to make it so much more fun from here on out,” Chatrice White said.
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BOLINGBROOK — Jnaya Walker has been in Illinois’ crosshairs since she was in the eighth grade. And the Illini coaches followed the 6-foot-1 junior forward from Joliet Catholic, where she spent her first two high school seasons, to Bolingbrook this year where she was able to reunite with Chris Smith, who doubles as her AAU coach with the Bolingbrook Panthers.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Matt Bollant had a message for his Illinois women’s basketball team Wednesday night.
“I just said, ‘We had a really tough stretch here scheduling-wise, and we’ve got a big game on Sunday at home,’” he recalled. “I hope they play really well and get it done.”
Sneak peek: UI women at Rutgers,
6 p.m. Wednesday
Illinois (7-8, 0-4 Big ten)
P Name Yr. Ht. PPG
G Kyley Simmons R-Sr. 5-7 11.5
How Illinois basketball writer Scott Richey voted in this week’s men’s and women’s Associated Press Top 25 polls:
Scott Richey's Men's Top 25
LINCOLN, Neb. — The effort was better. But the result was the same.
The Illinois women’s basketball team dropped its seventh consecutive game, losing to Nebraska 73-57 on Sunday at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Is silence an indication the UI is fumbling another ball? Is the search for an athletic director languishing? Isn’t it time we heard something?
No, no and no. In fact, the quest for a successor to Mike Thomas is in good hands ... the strong hands of former Cal-Davis fullback and long-time UI faculty rep Matt Wheeler.