Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball

Maryland women humble Illinois

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois women’s basketball team is improved this season. It has more wins (three) in the Big Ten than it recorded during the entire 2015-16 campaign.

But it wasn’t ready for this.

Maryland showed why it is ranked No. 3 in the nation, drilling the Illini 94-49 on Thursday night at State Farm Center.

Bollant's squad needs best effort

CHAMPAIGN — Matt Bollant’s Illinois women’s basketball team has faced challenges this season. There were games against No. 16 Ohio State, Mid-American Conference leaders Ohio and Central Michigan and Summit contender South Dakota.

But nothing like this.

Ballot Breakdown: Florida State men should be feared

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

UI Roundup: Wrestling defeats Northern Illinois

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois wrestling team picked up its second win of the weekend by defeating Northern Illinois 25-12 on Sunday at Huff Hall.

Zane Richards, Kyle Langenderfer, Isaiah Martinez, Emery Parker and Brooks Black earned victories for the Illini (4-2).

McCoy, Buckeyes dreaming big

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.

Wittinger not enough in road loss

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.

Wittinger prepares for homecoming

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.

Ballot Breakdown: Short-handed Arizona men impressing

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

Illini win in blowout thanks to hot second-half shooting

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.

Two key players on mend for Illini women

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.