COLUMBUS, Ohio — Tori McCoy’s first game against her hometown school will be 302 miles from State Farm Center. The former St. Thomas More star didn’t have a say.
Freshman McCoy and No. 16-ranked Ohio State host Illinois at 4 p.m. Sunday in Value City Arena. It is the only meeting between the schools this season.
MINNEAPOLIS — Alex Wittinger played well in her return to Minnesota.
The rest of the Illinois women’s basketball team, however, couldn’t follow suit in a 78-50 loss to the Gophers in front of 3,009 fans at Williams Arena.
MINNEAPOLIS — Alex Wittinger goes home on Wednesday. With a better record. And an improved game.
The Illini sophomore is from Delano, Minn., which is 31 miles from Williams Arena. She is expected to have a large contingent of family and friends in the stands when Illinois (8-10, 3-2 Big Ten) plays at Minnesota (10-8, 1-4) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
A look at how Illinois hoops beat writer SCOTT RICHEY’s polls compare with those of the Associated Press:
RICHEY’S MEN’S TOP 25
CHAMPAIGN — There will be no repeat of the 2-16 Big Ten season for Matt Bollant’s team.
Alex Wittinger, Brandi Beasley, Petra Holesinska and friends took care of that Sunday at State Farm Center. Illinois pulled away in the second half for a 79-59 win against Nebraska.
With the victory, the Illini improved to 3-2 in the conference and 8-10 overall.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois women’s basketball guard CeCe Rice is with her team every day, at practice and in games. She goes on road trips. She hangs out with her teammates.
But she can’t get on the court. Because of an injury.
Rice is out for the season after having surgery on her left foot on Dec. 8. She suffered an injury Nov. 17 against Memphis, eventually requiring surgery.
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Play well at home. Play poorly on the road.
The trend continued for the Illinois women’s basketball team on Wednesday night, with Illinois losing 78-58 at Iowa, denying coach Matt Bollant’s program a shot at moving up the Big Ten standings.
CHAMPAIGN — Petra Holesinska speaks four languages and had a 3.82 grade-point average in her first semester at Illinois. A model student-athlete.
But the freshman from the Czech Republic had a difficult time getting admitted because of her English score.
“Taking a test in another language is really hard,” Illinois coach Matt Bollant said.
CHAMPAIGN — The last McDonald's All-American to join either Illinois basketball program was now former Illini Chatrice White in 2014. The last for the Illini men's team was Jereme Richmond in 2010.
Both programs had two players nominated for this year's McDonald's All-American teams, with the nominations released Tuesday morning.