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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...

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...

Bollant leaves underwhelming legacy on Illinois women’s basketball

Bollant leaves underwhelming legacy on Illinois women’s basketball

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

A day after his birthday, Matt Bollant was relieved of his duties as the head coach of Illinois women’s basketball. The decision came just days after men’s basketball head coach John Groce was also fired by athletic director Josh Whitman on Saturday.  "A lot of the same emotions that I was ...

Who’s next for Illinois women’s basketball?

Who’s next for Illinois women’s basketball?

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

After firing Illinois women's basketball head coach Matt Bollant on Tuesday, Illinois Director of Athletics Josh Whitman announced that the nationwide search for the next head coach will begin immediately. After making the NIT in its first season, Bollant's team failed to impress over the following ...

Bollant fired as Illinois women’s basketball head coach

Bollant fired as Illinois women’s basketball head coach

James Boyd, Staff writer
March 14
Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports, Women's Sports

Matt Bollant has been fired as the head coach of the Illinois women’s basketball team. Illinois Director of Athletics Josh Whitman announced the decision Tuesday after Bollant finished his fifth season with the program. He lost his fourth season in row. The Illini ended the year on a 11-game...

Illinois women’s basketball season comes to an end

Illinois women’s basketball season comes to an end

James Boyd, Staff writer
March 2
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

The record-setting afternoon the Illinois women’s basketball team had against Nebraska did not translate over to its second-round matchup with Purdue. Against the Cornhuskers, the Illini knocked down a Big Ten Tournament record 14 three-pointers. Freshman Ali Andrews led the way for Illinois, shooting...

Illinois women’s basketball moves on in Big Ten Tournament

Illinois women’s basketball moves on in Big Ten Tournament

James Boyd, Staff writer
March 1
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

Alex Wittinger did not suit up when the Illinois women’s basketball team took on Nebraska in the Big Ten tournament. Wittinger is the Illini’s leading scorer at 14.4 points per game, but after injuring her left pinky finger against Indiana, she sat on the bench sporting a grey Nike Illinois shir...

Illinois women’s basketball will face Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament

Illinois women’s basketball will face Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament

Jacob Diaz, Staff writer
March 1
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

The last time the Illinois women's basketball team won a game was Jan. 15. That day, the team defeated Nebraska at the State Farm Center by 20 points, behind a three-headed attack of Petra Holesinska, Brandi Beasley and Alex Wittinger, who scored 19, 17 and 17, respectively. The game was the Illini's third...

Big Ten recognizes Beasley, Wittinger, McConnell

Big Ten recognizes Beasley, Wittinger, McConnell

Jacob Diaz, Staff writer
February 28
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Sports

The Big Ten honored Illinois women's basketball players Alex Wittinger, Brandi Beasley and Ashley McConnell on Monday. Wittinger, a sophomore forward, received an All-Big Ten honorable mention as voted on by coaches as well as media members. Wittinger led the Big Ten with 2.6 blocks per game and became...

Illinois women’s basketball loses to Indiana

Illinois women’s basketball loses to Indiana

Jacob Diaz, Staff writer
February 26
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

The Illinois women's basketball team started its game against Indiana firing on all cylinders. But it didn't last for long, and the Illini fell 74-60. On offense, Kennedy Cattenhead scored eight quick points and the team shot 46.7 percent from the field. On defense Alex Wittinger shut the Hoosiers out of the p...

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...

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