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Illinois softball defeats Illinois State at home

Illinois softball defeats Illinois State at home

Erich Fisher, Staff writer
March 30
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Stephanie Abello stepped up at the plate Wednesday night at Eichelberger Field. The sophomore went 2-2 with a solo home run to lead Illinois to a 5-3 victory over Illinois State. “My approach at the plate has been whatever my team needs me to do,” Abello said. “I’m staying within the t...

Breanna Wonderly leads on and off the field for Illinois softball

Breanna Wonderly leads on and off the field for Illinois softball

Erich Fisher, Staff writer
March 30
Filed under Illini of the Week, Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Senior Breanna Wonderly commands the mound like no other pitcher on the Illinois softball team. Every time she steps on the mound, she places the ball on her hip and then rolls it three times before she slides it into her glove. This assures that she is fully in sync before she throws her pitch. She...

Illinois women’s tennis team riding winning streak heading into conference play

Illinois women’s tennis team riding winning streak heading into conference play

Christian Evans, Staff writer
March 30
Filed under Sports, Tennis, Women's Sports

After beating all three opponents Illinois women’s tennis faced this past weekend, the team is currently on a four-match winning streak. Head coach Evan Clark attributed his team’s recent success to its ability to execute in important situations. “We have gotten some confidence,” Clark said....

Illinois women’s gymnastics seniors reflect on their time at Illinois

Illinois women’s gymnastics seniors reflect on their time at Illinois

Danielle Williams, Staff writer
March 30
Filed under Gymnastics, Sports, Women's Sports

As their season comes closer to an end, the Illinois women's gymnastics seniors are now reflecting on their college careers. Seniors Erin Buchanan and Sarah Lyons have enjoyed their time competing for the Illini and have appreciated the the support from their teammates and coaches. “It’s overw...

Kwong named Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week

Kwong named Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week

Gavin Good, Assistant sports editor
March 29
Filed under Sports, Tennis, Top Stories, Women's Sports

Illinois senior Louise Kwong earned the Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week honor Tuesday, coming off a 5-0 weekend on the court. Kwong clinched the Illini’s 5-2 win over No. 33 Maryland on Sunday with her defeat of Alexandra Stanova at No. 1 singles. She bounced back from losing the first...

Women’s tennis earns three wins over the weekend

Women’s tennis earns three wins over the weekend

Gavin Good, Assistant sports editor
March 27
Filed under Sports, Tennis, Women's Sports

The Illinois women's tennis team defeated both Maryland and Southern Illinois Carbondale on Sunday, ending with three wins over the weekend. The first win came against Rutgers on Saturday. Illinois captured the doubles point with doubles pair Alexis Casati and Daniela Pedraza Novak taking down...

Fahey hopes to accomplish even more with Illinois women’s basketball

Fahey hopes to accomplish even more with Illinois women’s basketball

James Boyd, Staff writer
March 27
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

Over the course of its 43-year history, Illinois women’s basketball has won 604 games. The Illini’s new head coach, Nancy Fahey, is the quickest coach to reach 600 wins in NCAA history. She accomplished the feat at Washington University, a Division III school in St. Louis, during her 31 years...

Illini softball opens conference play 3-0 after sweeping Iowa

Illini softball opens conference play 3-0 after sweeping Iowa

Erich Fisher, Staff writer
March 27
Filed under Softball, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Sports

Senior Breanna Wonderly’s dominant pitching led the Illinois softball team to a 3-0 sweep of the Iowa Hawkeyes this weekend in Iowa City, Iowa. In the first game of the series, Wonderly pitched the 12th no-hitter in program history, helping the team to a 8-0 wins. The only batter to reach base...

Illinois women’s tennis team to play three matches in two days

Illinois women’s tennis team to play three matches in two days

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

After splitting its doubleheader last Friday against Texas Tech and Saint Louis, the Illinois women’s tennis team will take on Rutgers, Maryland and Southern Illinois this weekend. The team will first host Rutgers on Saturday morning. The Scarlet Knights (5-6) have had difficulties with their s...

Nancy Fahey hired as head coach of Illinois women’s basketball

Nancy Fahey hired as head coach of Illinois women’s basketball

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

Nancy Fahey has been hired as the Illinois women’s basketball team’s new head coach. Illinois Director of Athletics Josh Whitman made the announcement Wednesday morning. Fahey is the second head coach hired in the last five days for Illinois athletics, completing a full makeover of men’s and...

Horth and LeDuc lead Illinois women’s gymnastics at Big Ten Championships

Horth and LeDuc lead Illinois women’s gymnastics at Big Ten Championships

Danielle Williams, Staff writer
March 19
Filed under Gymnastics, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Sports

The Illinois women’s gymnastics team took second place at the Big Ten Championship Meet. The Illini scored a 196.875, good for the fifth-highest team score in program history. Michigan took home its fourth consecutive win with 197.300 points. Iowa, Nebraska and Ohio State followed with a 196.72...

Women’s gymnastics ready for shot at Big Ten title

Women’s gymnastics ready for shot at Big Ten title

Danielle Williams, Staff writer
March 16
Filed under Gymnastics, Sports, Women's Sports

Illinois women's gymnastics has been anticipating this moment for a while now. It has finally arrived. The Big Ten Championships are on Saturday, and the team is ready to compete for its shot at winning the tournament in Piscataway, New Jersey. “Big Tens is the best meet of the year because...

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