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Illinois women’s gymnastics ready for its season to begin

Danielle Williams, Contributing writer
December 2, 2016
Filed under Gymnastics, Sports, Women's Sports

The Illinois women’s gymnastics team is looking to turn in another successful season. The Illini did not qualify to the Big Ten Championships last season, but they had many individuals recognized with awards at the end of the year. Graduated gymnasts Giana O’Connor, Sunny Kato and ... 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 wide reciever Cain announces decision to transfer

Illinois wide reciever Cain announces decision to transfer

Joey Figueroa, Staff writer
December 1, 2016
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Desmond Cain is no longer an Illini. The sophomore wide receiver took to Twitter on Thursday to announce his decision to transfer and use his final two years of eligibility at another program closer to home. His message on Twitter was as follows: “After talking it over with my family it’s best to move closer home to fini... Read more »

Video: Illinois vs. NC State basketball highlights

Video: Illinois vs. NC State basketball highlights

Eli Schuster, Assistant Sports Editor for Video
December 1, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Photo & Video, Sports, Video

Illinois hockey returns home for in-state competition

Illinois hockey returns home for in-state competition

Drake Pena, Staff Writer
December 1, 2016
Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports

As students left campus and returned home for the much-needed Thanksgiving break, the Illinois hockey team was gifted a break of its own. The team’s last contest took place over two weeks ago when it shut out Ohio University and they will play this weekend against Northen Illinois University. Illinois ... 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 »

Illini will have difficult task in VCU’s “Havoc” defense

Illini will have difficult task in VCU’s “Havoc” defense

Lucas Wright, Staff writer
December 1, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illinois men’s basketball team has been plagued by staunch defenses this season, shown by back-to-back losses against West Virginia and Florida State last week. The next team on the schedule has one of the most chaotic defensive strategies in the country. The Illini with travel to Miami to battle VCU... Read more »

Lunt may be graduating from Illinois, but he knows he can always come home

Lunt may be graduating from Illinois, but he knows he can always come home

Cole Henke, Staff writer
December 1, 2016
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

The first time Wes Lunt played football at Memorial Stadium was during his junior year of high school. He stepped off the bus with his fellow Rochester Rockets and walked into a stadium he had been to countless times as a fan, but never as a player. That was the start of a long, crazy ride for Lunt in M... 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 »

Video: Illinois’ Malcolm Hill and Leron Black discuss win over NC State

Video: Illinois’ Malcolm Hill and Leron Black discuss win over NC State

Charlotte Carroll, Sports editor
November 30, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Photo & Video, Sports, Video

Malcolm Hill and Leron Black talk about their feelings on the win against NC State.

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 »

Aron Hiltzik takes fighter’s mindset to the tennis court

Aron Hiltzik takes fighter’s mindset to the tennis court

Meghan Rest, Staff writer
November 30, 2016
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

Illinois' Aron Hiltzik has always been a talented tennis player, but in order to reach where he is now, something had to change: his mindset. Instead of thinking like a tennis player, he is now thinking like an MMA fighter. “I’ve been using a bit of a motivator from MMA fighters,” Hiltzik... Read more »