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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...

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...

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 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...

Illinois women’s basketball looks for fourth conference victory

Illinois women’s basketball looks for fourth conference victory

James Boyd, Staff writer
February 19
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

It has been nearly three years since the Illinois women's basketball team earned a victory over Northwestern. In that game, the Illini were led to victory by junior Ivory Crawford. She scored a team-high 19 points in Illinois 76-74 win. The two-point victory was one of just two conference wins during...

Illinois women’s basketball loses eighth straight

Illinois women’s basketball loses eighth straight

James Boyd, Staff writer
February 15
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

During the first timeout of the game, the Illinois women’s basketball announcer took a moment to recognize anyone at the State Farm Center who had been affected by breast cancer. Women and men from both crowds stood up together in a moment of solidarity. The simple act highlighted why the Illini...

Illinois women’s basketball to honor legendary coach during Penn State game

Illinois women’s basketball to honor legendary coach during Penn State game

Jacob Diaz, Staff writer
February 14
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Sports

The State Farm Center, players and crowd will be adorned in pink Tuesday night when the Illinois women's basketball team takes on Penn State. Tuesday is the Illini's annual Play4Kay night, an event to raise breast cancer awareness in honor of the late Sandra Kay Yow, who coached the U.S. women's ...

Illinois women’s basketball’s Beasley receives high praise from head coach

Illinois women’s basketball’s Beasley receives high praise from head coach

James Boyd, Staff writer
February 9
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

In Brandi Beasley's first three games of the season, the freshman averaged six points. Fast forward a few months, and Illinois women's basketball's starting guard has scored at least 20 points in her last three games, making her the Illini’s leading scorer in conference play. Beasley is averaging...

Illinois women’s basketball tries to end six-game losing streak

Illinois women’s basketball tries to end six-game losing streak

James Boyd, Staff writer
February 9
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

Brandi Beasley found success recently for the Illinois women's basketball team. Over her last three games, Beasley has racked up 69 points, 16 rebounds and 12 assists. She also leads all Big Ten freshmen in rebounding, and she stands at just 5-foot-6. “She’s got a (hard-nose) mentality,” hea...

Beasley shows promise, lively personality on, off the court

Beasley shows promise, lively personality on, off the court

James Boyd, Staff writer
February 6
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

Before practice, Brandi Beasley takes a seat on the sideline at the Ubben Basketball Facility. She is one of the first players to show up, and besides the voices of media members and an Illinois women’s basketball team representative, the gym is quiet. Beasley relaxes on a chair, sporting sweatpants...

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