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Illinois women’s basketball making strides to start Big Ten play

Illinois women’s basketball making strides to start Big Ten play

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
January 17, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

Following the transfer of Chatrice White after the 2015-16 season, Illinois women’s basketball was not expected to make much, if any, noise this season. Head coach Matt Bollant’s squad played to that narrative with a 5-8 non-conference record. But through five Big Ten games, the young team... Read more »

Bollant leads team through struggling start to season

Bollant leads team through struggling start to season

James Boyd, Staff writer
December 12, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

Editor’s note: At the time of publication, Women’s Basketball was still competing. Coming into the season, Illinois knew it would be starting a new era of basketball. Leading scorer and rebounder Chatrice White would no longer be the woman in the middle after transferring to Florida State. ... Read more »

Illinois women’s basketball unsuccessful on road trip, but find star in Beasley

Illinois women’s basketball unsuccessful on road trip, but find star in Beasley

Jacob Diaz, Staff writer
December 7, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

za Going into Wednesday night's game against South Dakota, the Illinois women's basketball team knew that it needed to improve on it's performance against George Washington in it's first road game. In the second part of a tough non-conference road trip, the Illini got off to a great against a very ... Read more »

Illinois women’s basketball loses to George Washington

Illinois women’s basketball loses to George Washington

Jacob Diaz, Staff writer
December 5, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Sports

With time expiring in the first half, George Washington women's basketball team inbounded the ball, and pushed it upcourt to forward Kelli Prange, who was just a few feet inside of the halfcourt line. Prange paused, measured and fired, and as the shot rattled around the rim, the Illini had hope. But the shot dro... Read more »

Illinois women’s basketball wins big over Fort Wayne

Illinois women’s basketball wins big over Fort Wayne

James Boyd, Staff writer
December 3, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

Sophomore Cierra Rice is out with a foot injury but that didn’t stop her from trying to motivate her team before tip-off. Even with her crutches, Rice was in the middle of the pre-game huddle for the Illinois women’s basketball team. She didn’t move fluidly, but her voice was loud and her message... Read more »

Illinois women’s basketball looks to build off positives of Wednesday’s loss

Illinois women’s basketball looks to build off positives of Wednesday’s loss

Jacob Diaz, Staff writer
December 2, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

Approaching Friday night's matchup against Fort Wayne, Illinois' Alex Wittinger is showing why her head coach said that she would be one of the premier players in the Big Ten this season. The lanky sophomore forward recorded her fifth consecutive double-double Wednesday night against Wake Forest.... Read more »

Illinois women’s basketball player recognized for off-court contributions

Illinois women’s basketball player recognized for off-court contributions

The Daily Illini sports staff
December 1, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

Thanks to countless hours of service, Junior guard Kennedy Cattenhead has been nominated as a candidate for the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team, announced in a press release sent Wednesday. The Good Works Team is one of the most prestigious awards in all of women’s college basketball. The team is ... Read more »

Illinois lose to Wake Forest in tale of two halves

Illinois lose to Wake Forest in tale of two halves

Jacob Diaz, Staff writer
November 30, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Sports

By the time Brandi Beasley was subbed out with 25 seconds left in the first quarter, she had led the Illini to their best start of the season. The freshman point guard had four points, but more importantly had three assists in the first quarter, and Illinois jumped out to a 25-16 lead over Wake F... Read more »

Illinois women’s basketball prepares to face Wake Forest

Illinois women’s basketball prepares to face Wake Forest

James Boyd, Staff writer
November 30, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

Thanksgiving break began with a 20-point victory for the Illinois women’s basketball team. But, that momentum was cut short when it faced Mercer. The Illini managed to score just 33 points – its lowest total of the season – and struggled to find any offensive rhythm against the Bears’ stout... Read more »

Rice injured in Illinois women’s basketball’s home loss

Rice injured in Illinois women’s basketball’s home loss

James Boyd, Staff writer
November 17, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

  There wasn’t a sell-out crowd at the State Farm Center when the Illinois women’s basketball team took on Memphis on Thursday, but it was still loud. The Illini invited several local elementary schools to its non-conference matchup, totaling roughly 1,300 people. Illinois lost 64-54, but ... Read more »

Illinois women’s basketball set to face Memphis on Thursday

Illinois women’s basketball set to face Memphis on Thursday

James Boyd, Staff Writer
November 17, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

The last time the Illinois women’s basketball team was in action, a 21-point fourth quarter powered the Illini to a season-high 70 points in its victory over the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Head coach Matt Bollant said that his team’s strong fourth quarter performance would need to continue... Read more »

Illinois rolls in the fourth quarter, seals first win of season

Illinois rolls in the fourth quarter, seals first win of season

Jacob Diaz, Staff writer
November 13, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Sports

Through three quarters of the game, the Illinois women's basketball team could not pull away from University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The game was physical and a bit sloppy at times, but it was close. The Lions entered the fourth quarter with a two-point lead, thanks to forward Niya Head's 16 points. Alex... Read more »