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Illini leave home after close call

CHAMPAIGN – Before they take off on their five-city, 24-day junket, Lon Kruger's Illini would just like to wish you and your loved ones a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

They look forward to seeing you back at the Assembly Hall for their next home game: Jan. 9, 1999.


Box scores

Box scores for Dec. 12 game vs. Eastern Illinois.


Turner's '99 list growing

CHAMPAIGN – Ron Turner's shopping bag is half full. And he still has more than seven weeks left before college football's version of Christmas: national signing day.

The second-year Illinois coach spent the weekend at "the mall." Thirteen possible recruits are visiting with Turner and his Illinois staff.


Illinois has a ball raising league banner

   CHAMPAIGN  Banner Day at the Assembly Hall brought a few questions. Like, what''s the deal with the empty basketballs?

   The Illinois championship banner, raised before Saturday''s game against Eastern Illinois, included one ball inscribed with "1998" below "Big Ten Champions."


'Personal matter' sidelines Catchings

CHICAGO – If Illinois is to avoid dropping to .500 Sunday at Marquette, it will have to do so without second-leading scorer Tauja Catchings.

Catchings was a no-show Friday, staying in Champaign for a "nonathletic" situation, UI coach Theresa Grentz said.


Samuels in it for the long haul

   CHARLESTON  Walk into the spacious, new basketball offices at Illinois some morning, and you can hear the guys shooting hoops downstairs.

   Walk into the cramped, old basketball offices at Eastern Illinois some morning, and you can also hear a lot of shooting going on.


Tate: Turnovers the problem all around

HOT ITEM: In drills this week, Cory Bradford switched to a wing with Sergio McClain taking over the point as Illini coach Lon Kruger searches for ways to uplift an error-prone offense.

It has become contagious.


UI women''s basketball game statistics

DePaul 77, Illinois 70


DePaul upsets Illinois

CHICAGO – What's left of the Illinois women's basketball team will sputter Sunday into Milwaukee still searching for someone, anyone, to grab the wheel. Or at least locate a road map.

Seven games into the season, the Illini haven't found the person who will grab the UI by the neck and order nothing less than a victory. On Friday, freshman Allison Curtin tried. Then Susan Blauser gave a brief shot. But victory-starved DePaul upset Illinois 77-70 in front of 2,157 at Alumni Hall.


Illini insider

ONE TO WATCH

Wrestling vs. C. Missouri St.

1 p.m. Saturday at Huff Hall


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