UI women''s basketball box score

Minnesota 79, Illinois 76

Illini Insider

   News-Gazette staff writer Jeff Huth''s review and preview of University of Illinois sports:

Oldfield turns downtrodden Gophers into Big Ten heavyweights

   CHAMPAIGN  Less than eight months into her tenure as Minnesota''s women''s basketball coach, Brenda Oldfield''s Gophers are national darlings and a media sensation.

   In the past two weeks, they have been featured in USA Today, attracted more than 11,000 fans to set a school attendance record and moved into The Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since the 1982-83 season.

Illini''s Felicien honored

   Illini hurdler Perdita Felicien earned Big Ten Track and Field Female Athlete of the Week honors Tuesday.

Johnson''s injection fuels Illini

   COLUMBUS, Ohio  The Ohio State fans called him "Kojak" and "Daddy Warbucks" and booed at times, but that was probably a good sign for Lucas Johnson.

   With Illinois trailing by 15 at the half, Illinois coach Bill Self started Johnson, who was playing his third game since returning from a knee injury, in place of Brian Cook to start the second half.

Tate: Mental roadblock stops Illinois again

   COLUMBUS, Ohio  Bill Self''s Illini hit that invisible foreign-court wall again Tuesday night.

   Once again, they didn''t see it coming  and it swept them away like a hurricane takes Florida beachfront property.

Illinois offense still stuck in first gear

   COLUMBUS, Ohio  After his team lost to Ohio State 78-67 Tuesday night, Illinois point guard Frank Williams was asked his reaction to his club''s first-half offense, which produced one assist.


Illinois falls further behind in league chase

   COLUMBUS, Ohio  It was a sink-or-swim game, and Illinois couldn''t find its stroke.

   Coach Bill Self stressed when it was over that there''s still reason to keep paddling toward the finish line.

Illinois men''s basketball box score

Ohio State 78, Illinois 67

Illinois plotting to plod

   COLUMBUS, Ohio  Be patient. That''s Bill Self''s advice.

   Those are his words of caution, not to the mystified masses of Illinois fans baffled by his team''s slow start in the Big Ten Conference, but to his players.