ROSEMONT — Prior to taking over the women’s program at Illinois last year, Matt Bollant won 89 percent of his games as a Division I head coach at Green Bay. His Illini program isn’t quite ready to challenge that type of clip, but thanks to a rigorous preseason they’re on their way to playing the type of basketball that made the Phoenix an NCAA tournament mainstay.
CHAMPAIGN — Sarah Hartwell will wear uniform number zero when she makes her Illinois women’s basketball debut next month.
Given the twists and turns her college path already has taken, the redshirt sophomore guard put no small amount of thought into that choice and what it represents.
Three things women’s college basketball beat writer JEFF HUTH learned at Wednesday's Media Day
When Amarah Coleman arrived at the University of Illinois on Friday for an official campus visit, the Homewood-Flossmoor senior had no intention of making a decision on which college to attend.
1. Which players in the six-member freshman class are mostly likely to make a significant impact this season?
Look for shooting guard Taylor Gleason and center Sarah Livingston to seriously contend for starting spots, and for forward Jacqui Grant to be in the rotation mix.
CHAMPAIGN — At least eight Illinois women’s basketball games will be televised during the 2013-14 season, including a minimum of seven on the Big Ten Network.
BTN will air Illini games on Jan. 3 against Wisconsin; Jan. 9 against Penn State; Jan. 12 against Nebraska; Jan. 18 at Michigan; Jan. 27 against Purdue; Feb. 13 at Iowa; and Feb. 22 at Indiana.