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UI women''s basketball box score

Illini 97, Kuanas 34

Despite loss, UI tourney-bound

   WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.  The wait was shorter, but Sunday night was still an anxious time for Lindsay Johnson and her Illinois soccer teammates.

   A year ago, they had to wait two days after losing in overtime to Penn State in the Big Ten tournament to find out their NCAA tournament fate. After a 2-1 overtime loss Sunday to the Nittany Lions in the conference championship game, the Illini should get some answers when the pairings are announced at 2 p.m. today.

Self expects more from Illinois

   CHAMPAIGN  Bill Pope jokes that his old friend Bill Self would like nothing more than to run up the score on him.

   But when Pope''s Lincoln University team comes to the Assembly Hall tonight for an exhibition date with Illinois, Self has no plans to beef up the final margin.

Illini make backup plan

   CHAMPAIGN  Most college football teams give the bulk of their carries to one tailback. Now, the Illinois football team will find out what that''s like.

   Not by choice. Going into Saturday, Illinois coach Ron Turner happily platooned tailbacks Antoineo Harris and Rocky Harvey. But one of them, Harris, won''t play the rest of the season.

UI women show host of talents

   CHAMPAIGN  Fans won''t see the Illinois women''s basketball team in the Assembly Hall again until the heart of the holiday shopping season.

   But if things go as well Dec. 6 against DePaul in the home opener as they did in two exhibition games, the Illini will feel good about themselves as they head into the holidays.

Illini hockey

Olson leads team.

Pat Olson capped a three-point night with a third-period goal as the host Illini defeated Eastern Michigan 5-2 on Saturday night.

Illinois erases painful past the hard way

   CHAMPAIGN  Just in case his players didn''t remember, Ron Turner gave them a little history lesson Friday night.

   The Illinois coach put the scores of the past Illinois-Penn State games on an overhead projector. None of the games had Illinois listed first.

Illini Roundup: Illinois runner eighth

   Junior John Kronforst took eighth overall in 31 minutes, 2.6 seconds as the Illinois men placed seventh Saturday at the NCAA Midwest Regional in Carbondale.

   Junior Aaron Wahls was the next-highest UI finisher, clocking 31:45.7 to place 34th in the 10,000-meter event.

Tate: Slow-starting Illini work magic again

   CHAMPAIGN

   Fast starts are nice  particularly in the 400-meter relay  but no team ever gained lasting fame for first-quarter bursts  or second- and third- for that matter.

UI men''s Basketball Practice Report

MUST-SEE TV

   Bill Self''s Thursday night TV lineup centered not around Ross and Rachel but Lute and Gary. Self watched Thursday''s Arizona-Maryland game with particular interest, given that his team will play both clubs in the next month.