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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 football’s Smith and Chance The Rapper have unlikely bond

Illinois football’s Smith and Chance The Rapper have unlikely bond

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
February 20
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Illinois head football coach Lovie Smith was raised in Big Sandy, Texas, but he has taken a liking to the state of Illinois after coaching in Chicago and Champaign. “I believe in homegrown, state of Illinois (people),” Smith said. Smith tweeted at Chicago-raised Chance The Rapper after the 23-yea...

Illinois hockey splits final home series of season against Robert Morris

Illinois hockey splits final home series of season against Robert Morris

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
February 20
Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois hockey will be very familiar with Robert Morris by the end of next week. The Illini and the Eagles split Illinois’ final series against Division I opponents this weekend. The teams will face off for the third time in eight days Friday night at the first round of the CSCHL tournament....

Illinois swim and dive team breaks records at Big Ten Championship

Illinois swim and dive team breaks records at Big Ten Championship

Erich Fisher, Staff writer
February 20
Filed under Sports, Swim & Dive, Women's Sports

The Illinois swim and dive team shattered several school records but placed 12th at the Big Ten Championship this past week in West Lafayette, Indiana. On the first day of competition, the relay team of seniors  —Amelia Schilling, Gabbie Stecker, Audrey Rodawig and junior Samantha Stratford — set a new school recor...

Illinois women’s gymnastics defeats Michigan State on Senior Night

Illinois women’s gymnastics defeats Michigan State on Senior Night

Danielle Williams, Staff writer
February 20
Filed under Gymnastics, Sports, Women's Sports

Hit. Land. Dismount. These are the words the Illinois women’s gymnastics team want to hear when competing in meets. Seniors Erin Buchanan and Sarah Lyons demonstrated this throughout their careers at Illinois, and the pair were honored with a Senior Night celebration after taking on Michigan Stat...

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 softball ends rainy California weekend with 1-2 record

Illinois softball ends rainy California weekend with 1-2 record

Tatiania Perry, Staff writer
February 20
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

In a weekend characterized by rain delays, the Illinois softball team only played three of its five scheduled games in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, California. The Illini finished the weekend with a 1-2 record. On the first day of the tournament a delay pushed both games back. Afterwar...

Big Ten basketball power rankings

Big Ten basketball power rankings

Matt Gertsmeier, Columnist
February 20
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Editor’s note: Every week, The Daily Illini sports staff ranks the basketball teams in the Big Ten, 1-14, and compiles the lists into its own Big Ten power rankings. 1. Purdue 22-5, 11-3 Purdue cruised to a perfect week with pure domination over Rutgers and Michigan State, which is why the B...

Hartleb disappointed with baseball team’s 1-3 opening weekend

Hartleb disappointed with baseball team’s 1-3 opening weekend

Mike Gasick, Assistant sports editor
February 20
Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

Four games into the Illinois baseball season, head coach Dan Hartleb knows his team can perform better than it did this past weekend. The Illini split a two-game series with Wisconsin-Milwaukee and then dropped both of their games against Lamar. Illinois got off to a good start  on Opening Day, putti...

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...

Buchi emphasizes mental toughness for Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team

Buchi emphasizes mental toughness for Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team

Ryan Wilson, Staff writer
February 17
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Wheelchair Basketball

Illinois men's wheelchair basketball head coach Matt Buchi has been emphasizing mental toughness since Illinois’ 1-2 finish at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania two weekends ago. After the Illini shot below 35 percent in the first half of two of its three games, Buchi wants the team to start...

Illinois women’s gymanstics looks for win against Michigan State

Illinois women’s gymanstics looks for win against Michigan State

Danielle Williams, Staff writer
February 17
Filed under Gymnastics, Sports, Women's Sports

The Illinois women’s gymnastics team will take part in Senior Night this weekend, facing Michigan State on Friday. Head coach Kim Landrus said that her greatest memory of the senior class is watching their progression and development from their freshmen to now. This will be the team's final meet a...

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