Hunt continues for Illini freshman

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Illinois will try to finish today what it started. That''s what Cassie Hunt did Saturday.

Hunt, who was running for both victory and a record, achieved neither at the Big Ten Track and Field Championships. But after stumbling and falling at the final water jump, she gathered herself and ran to third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

AAU stars might meet again as Illini

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – It took the Illinois Warriors some time to get here.

They got off to a late start Friday. They hit traffic outside of Chicago. And then a policeman stopped their team van a few miles from the Indiana campus.

Test for the best

URBANA – Chris Martin looked to the heavens wearing a devilish grin and gave his shoulders a shrug.

"I''d been having trouble making my first serve all day," Martin said. "I finally popped one in there, so I was just thanking the Lord on that one."

Dawson: Chicago hopes lifted by new hire

By the time Joevan Catron gets around to making a college decision, he figures to have plenty of options.

After all, Catron already is a post presence to be reckoned with, a 6-foot-6 bruiser who''s tenacious around the basket at both ends of the court.

Illinois strikes, but Minnesota irons are too hot

CHAMPAIGN – If ever Glen Perkins was vulnerable to the first Big Ten loss of his career, this was it.

Before Saturday, no conference rival this season had scored more than three runs against the Minnesota left-hander. Illinois got to Perkins for five, matching the most runs he has yielded in 15 Big Ten starts.

Women''s tennis bounced

It wasn''t the senior moment Illinois women''s tennis coach Sujay Lama envisioned for his squad.

The 22nd-ranked Illini were upset by 36th-ranked William & Mary 4-2 Friday during the opening round of the NCAA tournament in Durham, N.C.

Powell''s NBA move catches UI off guard

CHAMPAIGN – He always has been deceptive, an undersized post man who plays bigger than he is.

But Roger Powell pulled off his slickest trick yet this week. He entered the NBA draft without anyone – including his own coach – finding out.

Softball team lives to play another day

Illinois coach Terri Sullivan figured her team's Big Ten tournament opener would stray from the norm.

"The first game of a tournament is always interesting, especially if it's single elimination," Sullivan said. "Crazy things always happen."

Mezydlo: Pro decision Lound, clear; not for Hoss

URBANA – In one quick moment, with a stroke of the pen, Geoff Lound''s life changed for good. About the same time, Tim Hoss Jr. was trying to get a jump on his possible future in golf.

Lound, the former Illinois golfer who finished a solid college career last year, and Hoss Jr., one of the top amateur golfers in the area, met up Thursday at Stone Creek Golf Club to play in the National Golf Association/Hooters Tour stop.

Forward fills void left by Dallas'' departure

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois'' women''s basketball team softened the blow of Cindy Dallas'' departure Thursday by signing 6-foot-3 forward Stephanie Chelleen of Des Moines, Iowa.

Chelleen averaged 20 points and 9.2 rebounds for Des Moines Lincoln, helping the Rails to a 23-2 record and a runner-up finish in Class 4A. She was named first-team all-state by four organizations.