Sunday's UI roundup: Women's basketball falls to Michigan

CHAMPAIGN — Senior forward Alex Wittinger netted a game-high 18 points, while junior Courtney Joens and freshman Mackenzie Blazek added 10 points each, but Illinois women’s basketball struggled to keep pace in a 70-56 loss to Michigan on Sunday afternoon at State Farm Center.

Illini top Georgetown in opener

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Scoring runs in six of the nine innings helped the Illinois baseball team cruise to an 11-3 season-opening win Friday over Georgetown.

Asmussen | Larger-than-life Bezhanishvili's personality puts him on special list of Illini

Admit it, Illinois fans, you have developed a soft spot for Giorgi Bezhanishvili. Even if you don't know how to properly pronounce his last name. (I can relate).

When he dropped 35 points on Rutgers, it moved him up a peg on the popularity list.

Or 20.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 13, 2019

Introducing JULIA GREUEL, a junior at the University of Illinois and the next president of Illini Pride, the student organization that supports sports of all sorts.

Shining sectional stars heading to state

WYATT HEIMANN, Mahomet-Seymour

After losing his quarterfinal match on Friday night at 170 pounds in Mahomet, the Bulldogs senior ensured his season wouldn't end before state by topping three opponents in 2A wrestlebacks to earn fourth place.

Top of the Morning, Feb. 9, 2019

It's not quite as big as, say, State Farm Center, but JESSE NAUMAN's "Illini Room" in the basement of his house in Granville takes up serious space.

"At some point, it became an obsession," the 41-year-old UI grad said of his memorabilia collection. "I'm just about out of room."

Jock Jams 2019

Jock Jams 2019 at Foellinger Auditorium on UI campus in Urbana on Monday, Jan. 29, 2019. The event benefitted Feed Our Kids, Childhood Leukemia Foundation, Athletes Against Anxiety and Depression and the Luke Tatsu Johnson Foundation.

Looking back at the area's best sports moments of 2018

With 2018 coming to a close today, The News-Gazette sports staff spotlights the top 10 stories that defined the last 12 months of area athletics:

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Dec. 23, 2018

Of the 44 pairs of brothers who have earned varsity letters as members of the Illini wrestling program, the very first siblings — Joe and Allen Sapora — stand out above the others.

The natives of Renova, Pa., a small lumbering community 178 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, matriculated to the University of Illinois and had legendary collegiate careers.

What's on their wish lists?

Men's basketball

At the top of their wish list is ... another win over rival Missouri. The Illini seek six straight wins over the Tigers on Dec. 22. Mark Smith switching sides added some juice to what might have been an otherwise dull game. Mizzou is 6-3 but hasn't beaten anyone of substance, and Illinois (3-7) is off to a slow start.