Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball

Braggin' Rights: UI women fall short

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The break in Illinois’ schedule in the second half of this month (just two games in the last 12 days) let first-year coach Nancy Fahey address her team’s offense. She made a few tweaks looking for more movement and, ultimately, more production.

Things are looking up for UI's Rice

COLUMBIA, Mo. — At the start of her Illinois basketball career, Cierra Rice had the makings of a star. Early in her first season, she was twice named Big Ten Freshman of the Week.

She was the top recruit in Michigan as a high school senior and ranked among the top 100 players in the country.

Friday's Mizzou matchup about more than Braggin' Rights

CHAMPAIGN — One nonconference game remains on Illinois' schedule. It's a doozy and also just a taste of what the Illini will start seeing on a regular basis once Big Ten play starts.

Illinois (9-4) will play at No. 16 Missouri (10-1) at noon Friday in Columbia, Mo. It's the start of Braggin' Rights week, with the Illinois men's team set to face Missouri on Saturday night in St. Louis.

Basketball's Top 25: Ballot breakdown

A look at how Illinois basketball beat writer — and Associated Press voting member — Scott Richey's polls compared to those of the AP:

Scott's Men's Top 25

Saving their best for the second half

CHAMPAIGN — They don't expect a parade on Green Street. And they won't take the rest of the year off.

But Nancy Fahey's first Illinois women's basketball team hit a milestone Saturday afternoon at State Farm Center: nine wins.

That's how many the 2016-17 team had all season.

Illinois Women's Basketball vs Austin Peay

University of Illinois Women's basketball vs Austin Peay, Saturday, December 16, 2017 at the State Farm Center. Illinois won 59-47. 

Doing whatever it takes to win

CHAMPAIGN — She leads the team in assists and steals, is second in scoring and third in rebounds. Brandi Beasley does a little bit of everything for the Illinois basketball team.

Who is her favorite player? No surprise, it is Russell Westbrook — another stat stuffer.

"It tells you a little bit about her," Illinois coach Nancy Fahey said. "So that's a good reflection."

AP Top 25: How we voted

Scott Richey of News-Gazette Media is on the voting panel for this season's AP men's and women's basketball polls. How he voted this week:

1. Arizona State

2. Villanova

3. Duke

4. Michigan State

5. Texas A&M

6. Wichita State

7. Miami

8. North Carolina

9. Xavier

10. Kentucky

11. West Virginia

UI women knock off Detroit Mercy

CHAMPAIGN — Nancy Fahey's first Illinois women's basketball team played 11 games in less than a month. With solid results.

Time for a break.

UI Womens Basketball vs Detroit Mercy

University of Illinois Women's Basketball vs Detroit Mercy, Sunday, December 10, 2017 at the State Farm Center. The Illini beat the Titans 73-65.