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Hot shooting leads women in rout

VALPARAISO, Ind. — Consider Illinois recovered from its early three-point shooting woes.

The Illini started the season missing their first 26 shots from beyond the arc, including all 21 in the opener against Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne. By the end of their four-game homestand to start the season, they were shooting 9 percent as a team from deep.

WBB game preview: at Valparaiso

UI women at Valparaiso,
1:30 p.m. Saturday


Illinois (7-3)


P      Name    Yr.    Ht.    PPG

G    Kyley Simmons    RS-Jr.    5-7    9.9

UI women fall at Seton Hall

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — Too many turnovers. Too much Tabatha Richardson-Smith.

It was a combination that found Illinois trailing Seton Hall by 17 points with just less than 8 minutes to play Tuesday night — shades of last year’s game against the Pirates in Champaign.

There was no miraculous comeback for the Illini in New Jersey, though.

WBB preview: at Seton Hall

UI women at Seton Hall,
6 p.m. today

Illinois (7-2)
P    Name    Yr.    Ht.    PPG    
G    Kyley Simmons    RS-Jr.    5-7    10.3    

Freshman White earns another honor

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ Chatrice White was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second time this season Monday. The 6-foot-3 center out of Shelby, Neb., averaged 16.5 points, six rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in the Illini’s blowout victories against Virginia and Southern Illinois. She last earned the honor Nov. 24, when she shared it with Indiana guard Tyra Buss.

Early blitz pushes women past SIU

CARBONDALE — Southern Illinois coach Cindy Stein called her third timeout of the first half with just more than seven minutes still to play before halftime.

At that point, the Illini led 35-9, and senior guard Ivory Crawford and freshman center Chatrice White were outscoring the Salukis by themselves. Stein’s third timeout was another attempt to slow down Illinois even just a little.

WBB preview: at Southern Illinois

UI women at Southern Illinois,
2 p.m. today

Illinois (6-2)


P    Name    Yr.    Ht.    PPG    

G    Kyley Simmons    RS-Jr.    5-7    11.0    

WBB: Three-pointers on mark

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois snapped its streak of woeful three-point shooting games last week at the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands, including a 10-of-23 performance in its overtime loss to Oklahoma.

The State Farm Center crowd, however, hadn’t seen much in the way of successful three-point shooting from the Illini this season.

Until Wednesday night.

WBB: Tuck, other bench players deliver

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois has relied heavily on its starting five throughout the first month of the season.

That reliance is due partly to the fact the first five are the Illini’s best players and coach Matt Bollant wants them on the floor together as much as possible.