INDIANAPOLIS – Even in a perfect world, Michigan underclassmen Ruth Kipping and Alison Miller had their hands full.
Saddle them with two early fouls apiece, and their task of stopping Illinois all-Big Ten frontliners Susan Blauser and Alicia Sheeler becomes a spectacle.
Illinois 86, Michigan 73
INDIANAPOLIS – Wisconsin's Jessie Stomski scored two points. And Iowa's Lindsey Meder and Indiana's Jill Chapman didn't even make it to the second day of the Big Ten tournament.
Illinois' Allison Curtin has enjoyed the best stint among the league's high-profile freshmen, and her stout effort in Saturday's victory against Michigan highlighted the UI's bench work.
CHAMPAIGN – At this time last year, they were lounging around the Kruger house, waiting with baited breath to hear if they'd won a piece of the Big Ten championship.
The suspense isn't quite the same for Lon Kruger's idle Illini today, the final day of the Big Ten season.
SAN ANTONIO – Jon Anderson continued to swing a hot bat as Illinois won its first baseball game of the season Saturday, collecting 16 hits in an 11-3 victory over Texas-San Antonio.
Anderson, 3 for 5 in Friday's season-opening loss, was 2 for 4 with three runs scored Saturday. The shortstop drove in a run and had a sacrifice hit.
INDIANAPOLIS – Illinois likely sealed a spot in the NCAA tournament with its 86-73 win against Michigan in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinal, but the Wolverines' fate is left in the hands of the selection committee.
Michigan coach Sue Guevara thought 18 wins would put her team in. It finished 17-11.
Illinois' men's gymnastics team beat Minnesota and its women's team compiled a school-record score Saturday night at Huff Hall.
Travis Romagnoli won the all-around, vault, parallel bars and high bar while Leo Oka won the still rings for the men, who won 225.950-215.50.
INDIANAPOLIS - Hello, NCAA women's tournament.
In a week, Illinois starts packing its bags. Destination TBA. (That's "To Be Announced" for those of you with abbreviation deficiencies.)
Illinois senior Bobby True, who broke a 14-year-old record in the 600 meters last weekend at the Big Ten Men's Track and Field Championships in Madison, Wis., was named the conference's Track and Field Athlete of the Year on Friday.
INDIANAPOLIS – Hard to imagine now, but a few months ago everyone was wondering who was going to score the points for the Illinois women's basketball team.
While fans tried to figure out who would take over Ashley Berggren's long-held role, junior Susan Blauser was whispering to herself. Hey, what about me?