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Illinois women’s basketball moves on with new coach

Illinois women’s basketball moves on with new coach

By James Boyd, Staff writer

May 8, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

Matt Bollant coached the Illinois women’s basketball team for five seasons, but this past year proved to be his last. On March 14, a day after Bollant’s 46th birthday, Illinois Director of Athletics Josh Whitman announced that Bollant was let go. The firing came three days after John Groce was reliev...

Illinois women’s basketball signs Lyric Robins

Illinois women’s basketball signs Lyric Robins

By Tatiania Perry, Assistant sports editor

April 17, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

Illinois women's basketball head coach Nancy Fahey announced Lyric Robins as her first signee Thursday. Robins averaged 11.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game during her senior season. She was a nominee for the 2017 McDonald's All-American game. "We are extremely excited about the addition of Lyric...

Is there anything Meagan McNicholas can’t do?

Is there anything Meagan McNicholas can’t do?

By Jacob Diaz, Staff writer

April 17, 2017


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

A track star, an outgoing leader, a guard on the basketball team, a soccer player, a nuclear engineer, a prospective medical student, a gym rat and a valedictorian. It sounds like it could be the cast of a John Hughes coming-of-age film. But if that movie was shot at Rochester High School last year...

Fahey announces Malone, Kirkland, Cochran as assistant coaches

Fahey announces Malone, Kirkland, Cochran as assistant coaches

By Tatiania Perry, Assistant sports editor

April 3, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

Illinois women’s basketball head coach, Nancy Fahey has hired her assistants two weeks after being hired. Lakale Malone and Tianna Kirkland will retain their positions as assistant coaches for Illinois. The two have been with the team for five seasons. Steve Cochran will join Fahey from Washington Universit...

Fahey hopes to accomplish even more with Illinois women’s basketball

Fahey hopes to accomplish even more with Illinois women’s basketball

By James Boyd, Staff writer

March 27, 2017


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

By James Boyd, Staff writer

March 22, 2017


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

By James Boyd, Staff writer

March 15, 2017


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?

By Jacob Diaz, Staff writer

March 14, 2017


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

By James Boyd, Staff writer

March 14, 2017


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

By James Boyd, Staff writer

March 2, 2017


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

By James Boyd, Staff writer

March 1, 2017


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...

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