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Illinois edges out Detroit Mercy for 73-65 win

Illinois edges out Detroit Mercy for 73-65 win

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff writer

December 12, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Top Stories, Women's Sports

While it was not as comfortable as Thursday’s win, the Illinois women’s basketball team ground out a 73-65 victory over Detroit Mercy on Sunday. Head coach Nancy Fahey emphasized that while it wasn’t flashy, her team got the job done by taking care of the simple things. “A win is a win...

Men’s, women’s gymnastics face off in Orange and Blue exhibition

Men’s, women’s gymnastics face off in Orange and Blue exhibition

By Satvik Sethia, Staff writer

December 11, 2017


Filed under Gymnastics, Gymnastics, Men's Sports, Sports, Women's Sports

The Illini were split in two at Huff Hall on Saturday, as the members of the Fighting Illini men’s and women’s gymnastics teams compete in their annual Orange and Blue exhibition. The judges of the events were student-athletes from other sports, and the audience determined the winner in case of a tie. T...

The only sport that matters

The only sport that matters

By Cole Henke, Sports editor

December 7, 2017


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

The first sporting event I ever went to as a student at the University was a volleyball game. The Illini took on a ranked North Carolina team. It was the first college volleyball game I had ever seen, and the place was packed. To this day, it is still one of my favorite memories I have as a fan. Huff H...

Women’s basketball looks to snatch win against Indiana State

Women’s basketball looks to snatch win against Indiana State

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff writer

December 7, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

Junior forward Alex Wittinger has become a steadying presence for her coach while also taking on a significant leadership role. Wittinger posted 14 points and 10 rebounds as Illinois used a fourth quarter surge to seal a 63-47 victory at Memphis on Sunday in a win after a 96-49 loss to Virginia Tech. ...

Illinois Volleyball ready for Sweet 16 revenge against Spartans

Illinois Volleyball ready for Sweet 16 revenge against Spartans

By Meghan Rest, Staff writer

December 7, 2017


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Volleyball, Women's Sports

The Illinois volleyball team isn’t just looking to advance through the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament, it’s also looking for redemption. After nailing down a five-set win against Hawaii in the tournament opener, Illinois went on to upset No. 8 seed Washington on its home court in another fi...

Illini come back in second half, overtake Memphis in 63-47 victory

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff writer

December 6, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

Some would say a coach’s true quality comes from the ability to make adjustments when things are not going according to plan. If so, Nancy Fahey is certainly proving her worth as a coach, as her halftime adjustments helped the Illinois women’s basketball team to a 63-47 victory at Memphis on Sunday. The...

Illinois volleyball moves on to the Sweet 16

Illinois volleyball moves on to the Sweet 16

By Meghan Rest, Staff Writer

December 4, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Top Stories, Volleyball, Women's Sports

“Sweet” was the word of the weekend for the Illini. After two thrilling five-set victories in the first rounds of the NCAA tournament Friday and Saturday, Illinois punched its ticket to the Sweet 16. This marks the eighth time in 10 years Illinois has advanced this far. The journey began Friday ni...

Ball is Ballin’

Ball is Ballin’

By Meghan Rest, Staff Writer

December 3, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Uncategorized, Women's Sports

Not many basketball players have 96 collegiate games under their belt the first time they step onto the floor of the State Farm Center. For most freshmen, the atmosphere of their first Division I game is daunting. But for senior Alli Ball, the scene was all too familiar. The 6-foot-1 forward begins ...

Sophomore Beasley starts off the season on the right foot

Sophomore Beasley starts off the season on the right foot

By Miles Power-Huang, Staff writer

November 30, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

While the season has just begun for the Illinois women’s basketball team, first- year head coach Nancy Fahey has already created an environment that her players enjoy. Early on, sophomore guard Brandi Beasley — a member of the 2017 Big Ten conference all-freshman team — is narrowly leading th...

Illinois Volleyball ready for return to NCAA Tournament

Illinois Volleyball ready for return to NCAA Tournament

November 30, 2017


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Volleyball

The Illini have made up for missing last year’s NCAA tournament and then some. Illinois’ 21-10 overall season has spoken volumes over last year’s record of 17-14, and its 12-8 record in the Big Ten says even more. The Illini have climbed their way up from last season’s 10-10 conference record to a mo...

Illini thankful for perfect 2-0 record over fall break

Illini thankful for perfect 2-0 record over fall break

By Meghan Rest, Staff writer

November 27, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

While much of the country celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday, the Illinois women’s basketball team celebrated a few wins. Illinois traveled to the University of New Mexico’s Thanksgiving Tournament last week. The team snagged a 65-59 win over UC-Irvine in its tournament debut, followed by a thrill...

Donnelly’s final act with Illinois volleyball

Donnelly’s final act with Illinois volleyball

By Meghan Rest, Staff Writer

November 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Volleyball, Women's Sports

For college athletes, nothing is scarier than a serious injury. Just ask senior libero Brandi Donnelly. After sitting on the sidelines for almost a month, Illinois’ defensive cornerstone jumped back into action Nov. 1 against Northwestern. Donnelly hadn’t seen the court since the second set agai...

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