CHAMPAIGN — On a night when Michigan State knocked off No. 16 Nebraska by 13 points and Northwestern toppled No. 21 Purdue by three, another Big Ten women’s basketball surprise loomed at State Farm Center.
Final: Penn State 82, Illinois 76
Trailing by as much as 80-65, the Illini had one last run in them but came up just short Thursday night in a Big Ten loss to the Nittany Lions.
Ivory Crawford led Illinois (7-8, 0-2 Big Ten) with 25 points and seven assists.
Maggie Lucas and Ariel Edwards combined for 44 points for Penn State (11-3, 2-0).
No. 14 Penn State at Illinois, 8 p.m. Thursday
Illinois (7-7, 0-1 Big Ten)
Pos. Name Yr. Ht. PPG
G Ivory Crawford Jr. 5-10 13.9
Ask beat writer Jeff Huth about the Illini's chances against No. 14 Penn State
CHAMPAIGN — The postponed women’s basketball game between Illinois and Northwestern at Evanston has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan 15.
The Illini and Wildcats will tip off 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Northwestern-Michigan State men’s game, which is scheduled for 6 p.m., at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
CHAMPAIGN — Judging by what coach Matt Bollant saw Sunday during practice, his Illini women’s basketball team is eager to rebound from a Big Ten-opening loss.
Instead, Illinois will be forced to wait a few extra days to get back on the court against a conference opponent.
CHAMPAIGN — Taylor Wurtz experienced back pain so severe last season that she called it quits after five games in order to undergo surgery.
On Friday night, the good-as-new Wisconsin fifth-year senior guard was a real back-breaker against Illinois.
Final: Wisconsin 76, Illinois 64 (OT)
The Illini were outscored 18-6 in overtime and lost their Big Ten opener Friday night at State Farm Center.
Junior guard Ivory Crawford led Illinois (7-7, 0-1 Big Ten) with 20 points.
Senior guard Taylor Wurtz led Wisconsin (8-5, 1-0) with a double-double (27 points, 19 rebounds).