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Illinois women’s basketball prepares for Senior Night

Illinois women’s basketball prepares for Senior Night

James Boyd, Staff writer
February 24
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

Ashley McConnell is the only senior on the Illinois women's basketball team. She has played in 80 games in her four-year career – starting in eight – and Saturday marks the last time she will play at the State Farm Center. Illinois will take on Indiana to close out the regular season, but bef...

Seymour, Bloch-Jones lead women’s track to indoor Big Tens

Seymour, Bloch-Jones lead women’s track to indoor Big Tens

Christopher Kennedy, Staff writer
February 24
Filed under Sports, Track & Field, Women's Sports

Hurdler Pedrya Seymour and high jumper Kandie Bloch-Jones have dominated the No. 24 Illinois women’s track and field team this winter. Seymour is coming off a top-10 finish at the Olympics and owns the nation’s second-fastest time in the 60-meter hurdles. Bloch-Jones has won all but one high jump...

Illinois’ women’s basketball takes advantage of free throws

Illinois’ women’s basketball takes advantage of free throws

James Boyd, Staff writer
February 23
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

Scoring has been an issue for the Illinois women’s basketball team all season. The Illini are averaging just over 62 points per game, and are ranked No. 12 in the Big Ten in scoring offense. Illinois is also ranked No. 13 in three-point field goal percentage and last in assists. But when it...

Evans, Fleming look to help Illini bounce back at I-75 Challenge

Evans, Fleming look to help Illini bounce back at I-75 Challenge

Erich Fisher, Staff writer
February 23
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Illinois head softball coach Tyra Perry and her team will look to end a two-game losing streak this weekend at the I-75 Challenge in Atlanta, starting Friday. The Illini were in Cathedral City, California, last weekend, playing only three of five scheduled games due to rain cancellations. Illinois w...

Illinois women’s tennis ready to take on Arkansas and Oklahoma

Illinois women’s tennis ready to take on Arkansas and Oklahoma

Christian Evans, Staff writer
February 23
Filed under Sports, Tennis, Women's Sports

After losing 6-1 against Northwestern on Sunday, the Illinois women’s tennis team has Arkansas next on its schedule this Friday. Arkansas (8-2) has won five straight matches and has moved up to No. 27 in the latest ITA Rankings. Head coach Evan Clark said the team is ready for the challenge. “Arkansas is a real...

Illini optimistic about spring season start at Arizona invitational

Illini optimistic about spring season start at Arizona invitational

Jacob Lewis, Staff writer
February 23
Filed under Golf, Sports, Women's Sports

The Illinois women’s golf team will start its spring season this weekend, participating in the Westbrook Spring Invitational in Peoria, Arizona. Bing Singhsumalee, a sophomore who secured Second Team All-Big Ten honors last year, said she is happy to get the season going. “It’s the first one of t...

Illinois women’s basketball finish regular season winless on the road

Illinois women’s basketball finish regular season winless on the road

Jacob Diaz, Staff writer
February 22
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

With its loss to the Wisconsin Badgers on Wednesday night in Madison, the Illinois women's basketball team will finish the regular season without winning a road game. Head coach Matt Bollant's teams have gone a combined 1-23 on the road the last two seasons, 13 of those losses coming this sea...

Illinois women’s basketball looks for first road victory

Illinois women’s basketball looks for first road victory

James Boyd, Staff writer
February 22
Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports, Women's Sports

It has been over a month since the Illinois women’s basketball team won a game and over a year since the Illini were victorious on the road. The last time Illinois came away with a win on the road was on Feb. 17, 2016 against Wisconsin. It was one of two conference victories during last year’s...

Illinois women’s basketball road woes continue

Illinois women’s basketball road woes continue

Jacob Diaz, Staff writer
February 20
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

On a day when they were honored before the game, Northwestern's seniors led the way in a 66-53 win against the Illinois women's basketball team. The win on Senior Night brought a sigh of relief to the Wildcats, who ended a four-game losing streak with the win and may have saved their chances at a ...

Illinois swim and dive team breaks records at Big Ten Championship

Illinois swim and dive team breaks records at Big Ten Championship

Erich Fisher, Staff writer
February 20
Filed under Sports, Swim & Dive, Women's Sports

The Illinois swim and dive team shattered several school records but placed 12th at the Big Ten Championship this past week in West Lafayette, Indiana. On the first day of competition, the relay team of seniors  —Amelia Schilling, Gabbie Stecker, Audrey Rodawig and junior Samantha Stratford — set a new school recor...

Illinois women’s gymnastics defeats Michigan State on Senior Night

Illinois women’s gymnastics defeats Michigan State on Senior Night

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

Hit. Land. Dismount. These are the words the Illinois women’s gymnastics team want to hear when competing in meets. Seniors Erin Buchanan and Sarah Lyons demonstrated this throughout their careers at Illinois, and the pair were honored with a Senior Night celebration after taking on Michigan Stat...

Illinois women’s basketball’s Holesinska is no stranger to distance

Illinois women’s basketball’s Holesinska is no stranger to distance

James Boyd, Staff writer
February 20
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Sports

Shorts tucked and with her hair braided back into two pigtails, Petra Holesinska warms up for her game against Penn State. She stands on the left wing, catches a pass and knocks down a three-pointer. She waits there for a brief moment and then repeats the action. Her shooting form isn’t picture perf...

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