INDIANAPOLIS – Junior Susan Blauser, the leading scorer for the Illinois women's basketball team, was named first team All-Big Ten today in separate votes by the league's media and coaches.
Blauser, a transfer from Rutgers, was the only Illini named to the eight-player team. Senior Alicia Sheeler and junior Tauja Catchings were named to the second team by the media and coaches.
Statistics and milestones
CHAMPAIGN – It took awhile, but Melissa Parker says she is starting to catch on to this so-called "shooter's mentality."
Throw up a brick? Tough. Keep shooting.
Miss six straight? Tough. Keep shooting.
Airball? Ugh. Keep shooting.
When you are Illinois' top three-point threat, options are not bountiful.
Slowly and efficiently, Big Ten women's basketball keeps adding pieces to its television package.
One year, the tournament final is tape-delayed. The next year, it is live.
If a college coach gains a head coaching position at age 30 and wins 20 games annually for 20 years it computes to 400 victories.
That tells you how hard it is to reach 700.
When New Mexico State defeated Utah State 55-52 on Thursday night, Lou Henson became this centurys 13th coach to reach 700, climbing over that threshold with such active, longtime rivals as Norm Stewart, Don Haskins, Bob Knight, Lefty Driesell and Jerry Tarkanian.
News-Gazette sports editor Jim Rossow reviews and previews University of Illinois sports.
CHAMPAIGN - Theresa Grentz called it a "woulda, coulda, shoulda" type of season.
Starting Saturday in Indianapolis'' RCA Dome, Grentz''s Illini get a shot to turn "coulda" into "did."
CHAMPAIGN – When the Illinois baseball team opens its season Friday afternoon at Texas-San Antonio, its opponent will be playing its 17th game.
Just business as usual this time of year in the world of college baseball, where climatic conditions tilt the playing field decidedly in favor of the southern schools.
Indiana 70, Illinois 64 (OT)
Just when you think you know something, opposite developments reverse the incoming flow.
That's the way it was at the Assembly Hall Wednesday night as Illinois jumped ahead 9-0 ... survived grievous turnovers to stay ahead 19-14 ... looked helpless as Indiana made a 15-0 run ... faced a seemingly hopeless 40-25 deficit early in the second half ... rallied for a 19-1 spurt as Indiana missed 15 straight shots ... led 53-48 only to see the Hoosiers force their seventh overtime game of the season ... and then lost 68-64 as the Hoosiers' sleeping post attack awakened for the only time in the game.