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Sophomore Jada Peebles goes for a layup during the game against Northwestern on Thursday. The Illini will face Purdue tomorrow in West Lafayette.

Illini look to sweep Purdue in road finale

By Claire O, Staff Writer February 27, 2021

The Illinois women’s basketball team is heading to Purdue for the last road game of the regular season. Tip-off is set in West Lafayette for 1 p.m. Central Time on Big Ten Network+. In the first game...

Adam Miller drives to the basket in Illinois' game against Nebraska on Thursday. Without Ayo Dosunmu, Miller stepped up for the team with 16 first-half points.

With Dosunmu out, Adam Miller fills familiar role as primary scorer

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer February 27, 2021

With Ayo Dosunmu out of the lineup on Thursday, freshman guard Adam Miller knew it was his time to shine. Against Nebraska, Miller showed why he was one of the top scorers in the Nike EYBL, the premier...

Sophomore Mia Townes performs her floor exercise routine during the meet against Michigan on Sunday. The Illinois women's gymnastics team placed second in the Big Five Meet on Friday.

Illinois finishes second in Big Five Meet for second consecutive season

By Jackson Janes, Assistant Sports Editor February 26, 2021

For the second consecutive year, the Illinois women’s gymnastics team placed second in the Big Five Meet, coming behind Minnesota.  Illinois finished with a score of 196.600, its second highest score...

Members of the Illinois softball team gather at the mound to talk strategy during competition. The team won out in both games against Rutgers during a double-header on Friday.

Illini offense awakens in sweep over Rutgers

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor February 26, 2021

The Illini finished 2020 out on a high note, shutting down a ranked Missouri Tigers squad with pitching and timely hitting. The world has rapidly changed and adapted since the shutdown, and the Illini...

Senior Maggie Hillman battles for control of the ball during the game against Iowa on Thursday. The Illini won 3-0.

Illinois defeats Iowa in Champaign for first time this year

By Angelle Cortes, Staff Writer February 26, 2021

Playing at an almost-finished Demirjian Park in 45-degree weather after a wicked snowstorm, the Illinois soccer team towered over the Iowa Hawkeyes 3-0. Goals from defender Kendra Pasquale and forward...

Freshman Andre Curbelo pushes down the court during the game against Nebraska on Thursday. The Illini won the game 86-70.

Player grades: Illini freshmen take over in dominant win over Cornhuskers

By Gabby Hajduk, Sports Editor February 26, 2021

Coming off a tough loss against unranked Michigan State and without their National Player of the Year candidate, the Illini were going to need production from all areas to take down a Nebraska team that...

Adam Miller shoots a 3-pointer during Illinois' game against Nebraska on Thursday night. On Senior Night, the Illini won 86-70.

Illinois manages to find offensive rhythm, balance without Dosunmu to bury Nebraska

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer February 25, 2021

All season, Illinois’ offense has centered around Ayo Dosunmu, and for good reason. The All-American candidate is averaging over 21 points per game and five assists. But on Thursday night, the No. 5...

Senior Michael Feagles watches his ball after a swing during competition. Feagles has been named the Illini of the Week following his first-place finish at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate.

Illini of the Week: Feagles dominates in Mobile after returning for fifth season

By Christian Jones, Staff Writer February 25, 2021

In a perfect world, Michael Feagles does not win the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate. In a perfect world, the COVID-19 pandemic does not change everything. If all things went as he planned, Feagles would be...

Junior Makena Silber kicks the ball during a previous season's game against Loyola. The Illinois women's soccer team will face Iowa tomorrow.

Illinois looks to continue winning streak against Iowa

By Angelle Cortes, Staff Writer February 25, 2021

The Illini soccer team is set to face off against Iowa on Thursday at Demirjian Park. Illinois is coming off a 1-0 win in their season opener against Purdue. A late goal in the 81st minute from forward...

Illinois forward Zach Griffith (4) shoots the ball during the game against Illinois Wesleyan at State Farm Center on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018.

From 1A to Big Ten: How Zach Griffith left his mark on Illinois

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer February 25, 2021

It’s rare for a mid-January practice to be considered memorable, but Brad Underwood vividly remembers one practice leading up to the Wisconsin game in 2020. Then-junior walk-on forward Zach Griffith...

Junior Avrey Steiner hits the ball during the Orange & Blue World Series on Oct. 25. The Illini will begin their 2021 season playing against multiple opponents in Florida this weekend.

Illinois needs aggressive hitting in Florida

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor February 25, 2021

With chilly weather and the Big Ten’s concerns over the coronavirus, the Illinois softball team is kicking off the 2021 season with a road trip in Leesburg, Florida, bubbled off from the public.  The...

Members of the Illinois women’s basketball team kneel during the national anthem before the game against Valparaiso on Dec. 2. The team is celebrating Black History Month in multiple ways.

Illinois women’s basketball team celebrates Black History Month

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer February 25, 2021

Before every Illinois women’s basketball home game, “Lift Every Voice and Sing” echoes around State Farm Center; this is one way the Illini are celebrating Black History Month.  “Lift Every Voice...

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