URBANA – The historic first game was followed by an even more historic second game.
After 68 consecutive road games – covering 12,922 miles – the past two seasons, the Illinois softball team made its home debut Tuesday, dedicating Eichelberger Field with back-to-back shutouts against Valparaiso.
We now have entered the "Williams Watch" portion of the never-ending basketball season.
Depending on how Frank Williams handles NBA overtures, Illinois will return next November as either a Top 5 team or something less imposing.
Some of the highlights and lowlights of the Illinois women's basketball team's 2000-01 season:
CHAMPAIGN – In a season that included 17 wins and 16 losses, Illinois women's basketball coach Theresa Grentz had no trouble making out lesson plans along the way.
So what did the UI women learn?
Illinois left-hander Andy Dickinson earned Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors Monday for his three-hit performance in a 10-1 baseball win against Michigan State on Friday.
SAN ANTONIO – Three weeks after taking a new job, Rob Judson officially left his old one.
On Sunday, the Illinois assistant coach worked his last game for his alma mater. Judson recently was chosen to coach at Northern Illinois.
Good news, folks. You wont have to read any more postcards. Until Illinois next bowl game.
Three whistle-happy referees guaranteed it, sending Arizona to the free throw line 56 times Sunday night against Illinois. The Illini tournament run ended at the Elite Eight. And so does my travel.
Shorty Eichelberger will make her pitching debut Tuesday in Urbana.
"I hope I don't throw it over the screen or something like that," Eichelberger said. "I don't want any injuries out there."