UI women's basketball box score

Illinois 85, Illinois State 74

Illinois avoids disappointment before vacation

CHAMPAIGN – There was no letdown from Sunday's big win against a ranked Oklahoma team for the Illinois women's basketball team.

But the Illini had to deal with a few other obstacles to shake off stubborn Illinois State 85-74 on Thursday night at the Assembly Hall.

Who's that Illini?

On Sept. 14, 1991, I set a UI volleyball record with 15 blocks against Georgia, a record that still stands. A native of Scappoose, Ore., that match was the highlight of my career, which ended in 1993.

UI assistant coach earns honor

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois assistant coach Eric Bell was selected as the Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association after he helped lead the squad to the second round of the NCAA tournament and a 12-7-3 mark last season.

Watching son play is treat for Illinois football assistant

CHAMPAIGN – Mike Locksley knows better now.

The next time the Illinois assistant football coach attends a Battle of Champaign basketball game at cozy Combes Gym, he'll be sure to arrive plenty early.

Williams welcomed back

CHAMPAIGN – Visiting royalty wouldn't have gotten a warmer reception than ex-Illini Angelina Williams received Thursday at the Assembly Hall.

The Chicago native watched her former teammates for the first time after finishing a three-month stint with a pro team in Israel. Illini fans who spotted her made quick work to say hello.

Senior, freshman rate honors

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois senior defender Christen Karniski was selected on the All-Great Lakes Region first team, and freshmen Marti Desjarlais and Emily Zurrer were picked for the All-Freshman team by Soccer Buzz magazine on Wednesday.

Tate: Illini fans helping shut out arch nemesis

ST. LOUIS – Like a swelling orange-tinged tsunami, Illini basketball is overflowing its East Central Illinois bounds.

They've swept north to chip away at Bulls support in Chicago, becoming a major metropolitan story with 16 straight wins at the United Center and Rosemont. They've spilled over into Indiana to dominate Hoosier rivals and entice that state's best junior guard, Eric "E.J." Gordon. They've surged into Iowa, causing the Hawkeye ticket office to employ extreme measures to prevent Illinoisans from acquiring tickets.

Off and running

Illinois' 12-0 start is the fifth best in school history. A look at the best:

Who's that Illini?

In 1982-83, the first season the NCAA sponsored women's sports, I reached the NCAA golf tournament. A Big Ten Medal of Honor winner that season, I had qualified for the AIAW national tournament the previous season. My career stroke average of 81.24 stands 10th on the school list.