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Cruickshank scores game winning goal against Lindenwood

Cruickshank scores game winning goal against Lindenwood

Drake Pena, Staff writer
January 23, 2017
Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports

After ending the weekend with a shootout win at home, the Illinois hockey team took one of two games from reigning ACHA champions Lindenwood. Coming into the series, the Illini had lost the previous two matchups to the Lions. The team continued its drought into the first game. Lindenwood defeated Ill... Read more »

Big Ten basketball power rankings

January 23, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Editor’s note: Every week, The Daily Illini sports staff ranks the basketball teams in the Big Ten, 1-14, and compiles the lists into its own Big Ten power rankings. Wisconsin 16-3, 5-1 The top Big Ten team in the AP top-25, the No. 17 Badgers get the job done against teams they should beat... Read more »

Illini defeat Wolverines in top-15 Big Ten clash

Illini defeat Wolverines in top-15 Big Ten clash

Brian Binz, Staff writer
January 23, 2017
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Wrestling

Illinois wrestling emerged looking like a top team after taking down No. 15 Michigan Friday, 34-6. The No. 12 Illini got key wins from seniors Zane Richards and Zac Brunson and junior Kyle Langendefer over higher ranked Wolverines' opponents. Illinois head coach Jim Heffernan complimented Richards... Read more »

Illinois wins all seven event titles at Arizona State competition

Illinois wins all seven event titles at Arizona State competition

Tatiania Perry, Staff writer
January 23, 2017
Filed under Gymnastics, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illinois men's gymnastics team earned its second win of the season over Arizona State, 422.900-396.200, winning all seven of the event titles. Senior Matt Foster started off the day on the pommel horse winning his second title of the year with a 14.750. Junior Brandon Ngai — finishing second... Read more »

Illini remain winless on the road

Illini remain winless on the road

James Boyd and Staff writer
January 23, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

At the end of the third quarter of Illinois' women's basketball's game against Ohio State on Sunday, Illini guard Jaelyn Kirkpatrick dribbled the ball up the court for the final shot of the period. She attempted to throw the ball inside to freshman Sarah Overcash, but it was stolen by Buckeyes' junior... Read more »

Hiltzik earns title of Big Ten Tennis Athlete of the Week

Meghan Rest, Staff writer
January 23, 2017
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

Aron Hiltzik kicked off his junior season by being named Big Ten Tennis Athlete of the Week for the second time in his career. Hiltzik has received First, Second and Academic All-Big Ten honors throughout his career at Illinois and is currently ranked No. 29 in the Big Ten. He also snagged a runn... Read more »

Illinois women’s gymnastics falls against Michigan

Illinois women’s gymnastics falls against Michigan

Danielle Williams, Staff writer
January 23, 2017
Filed under Gymnastics, Sports, Women's Sports

The Illinois women’s gymnastics team fell to rival Michigan 197.050 to 195.300 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, this weekend. Earlier this week, head coach Kim Landrus said that the team needed to worry about the things that they can control, but the Wolverines' skill seemed to outmatch the Illini's. Freshman... Read more »

Sentimental Senior Day celebrations not enough to help muster win over Nebraska

Sentimental Senior Day celebrations not enough to help muster win over Nebraska

Erich Fisher, Staff writer
January 23, 2017
Filed under Sports, Swim & Dive, Women's Sports

It was an emotional scene before the start of Saturday’s Illinois swim and dive meet when seniors Audrey Rodawig, Amelia Schilling and Gabbie Stecker received their bouquets of flowers. Tears soon became noticeable from the three seniors as each one came to the realization that Saturday’s meet again... Read more »

Can Groce turn on the lights this season?

Can Groce turn on the lights this season?

Matt Gertsmeier, Illini hoops columnist
January 23, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Top Stories

John Groce has an interesting analogy about execution. In a recent teleconference, the Illinois basketball coach made the claim that working hard can only get a team so far. Without proper execution, hard work won’t produce results. Groce, being a basketball minded man, gave an explanation that mo... Read more »

Illinois women’s basketball seeks first road win

Illinois women’s basketball seeks first road win

James Boyd, Staff writer
January 22, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Sports

In seven attempts this season, the Illinois women’s basketball team has yet to win a game on the road. The team's chances won’t get any easier Sunday when it takes on No. 16 Ohio State. The Buckeyes are currently 16-5 and have only lost three games at home in the past two seasons. Guard Kelsey... Read more »

Illinois men’s basketball drops third straight in Big Ten play against Michigan

Illinois men’s basketball drops third straight in Big Ten play against Michigan

Lucas Wright, Staff writer
January 21, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Top Stories

The Illinois men’s basketball rematch Saturday against Michigan completely flipped the script from the Jan. 11 matchup. The Wolverines trounced the Illini 66-57 after a second half meltdown from head coach John Groce’s squad. While the deficit was trimmed down in the final minutes, the nine-point... Read more »

Illinois women’s gymnastics heads to Michigan

Illinois women’s gymnastics heads to Michigan

Danielle Williams, Staff writer
January 20, 2017
Filed under Gymnastics, Sports, Women's Sports

The Illinois women’s gymnastics team opened its season with two meets during this winter break. The team earned a second-place finish with a 194.200 in its first meet against Missouri. Head coach Kim Landrus said that her team's first meet did not go the way she and the team had planned, but th... Read more »