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Illini head to Northwestern after 11-day break

Redshirt Junior center Eva Rubin goes for a layup during the game against Iowa on Jan. 3.
January 21, 2021

The Illinois women’s basketball team will take on Northwestern Wednesday in Evanston. The Illini are in the midst of an 11-day layoff, due to a COVID-19 outbreak in Michigan State’s program resulting...

Illini defensive specialists prepare for expanded role

Junior Taylor Kuper bumps the ball during the game against Michigan on Nov. 1, 2019.
January 19, 2021

Over the past offseason for Illinois volleyball, the only constant for the team has been change. Five starters have departed, the traditional fall season was postponed to spring and the coaching...

Schuler earns spot on roster as walk-on

Mackenzie Schuler kicks the ball in Peoria Notre Dames game against Normal Community. Schuler recently joined the Illinois soccer team as a walk-on.
January 18, 2021

During senior year of high school, Mackenzie Schuler was set to play soccer at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. However, after a change in heart, Schuler chose academics over athletics and...

Illini fall to Boilermakers despite key performances

Junior Ashley Cabush waits in the water after one of her races during the meet against Purdue on Saturday. Cabush placed first in two of her events.
January 17, 2021

After nearly 11 months, the Illini women’s swim and dive team has finally returned to competition and faced off against Big Ten rival Purdue. This weekend, the team traveled to West Lafayette,...

Illini win eight events amid Wisconsin road trip

Sophomore Olivia Howell competes in a relay race during a meet. Howell broke the Illinois record for fastest women's 1000m during the tri-meet against Wisconsin and Northwestern on Saturday.
January 16, 2021

After months of built-up anticipation, the Illini finally got to showcase a wide range of talent and athleticism in a trip up north to Madison, Wisconsin. In a tri-meet against rivals Wisconsin and Northwestern,...

No. 22 Illinois women’s gymnastics opens season with win at Nebraska

Mia Takekawa poses during a meet against Central Michigan on March 1.
January 15, 2021

No. 22 Illinois went to Lincoln, Nebraska, for a matchup against No. 20 Nebraska and came away with a win, as the team won 195.475 to 193.400. Nebraska is a perennial contender for the Big Ten Championship,...

Big Ten hoops update: Conference deals with several postponements, paused programs

Senior Trent Frazier drives forward during the game against Nebraska on Feb. 24, 2020.
January 15, 2021

Following losses over the weekend, both the Illinois men's and women's basketball games scheduled this week were postponed due to COVID-related issues within their respective opponents' programs. Though...

Illini deal with third COVID-related postponement

Sophomore Jada Peebles speaks to her teammates during the women's basketball game against Valparaiso on Dec. 2, 2020. Their upcoming game against Michigan State has been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.
January 14, 2021

On Wednesday night the upcoming Illinois women’s basketball game against Michigan State was postponed due to “COVID-19-related concerns within the Spartans program,” according to a team press release....

Illini excited for Lincoln trip after spring season postponement

Sophomore Mia Takekawa performs her balance beam routine during competition.
January 14, 2021

When the women's gymnastics schedule was released, there was a sense of relief in the building about finally having games set in stone, appreciating that hard work would finally pay off — and also excitement...

Shooting woes slow down Illini in 70-50 loss to Michigan

J-Naya Ephraim drives to the basketball during Illinois' game at Michigan Sunday. The Illini fell 70-50
January 10, 2021

Coming off three straight double-digit losses, the Illini aimed for a fast start to avoid a similar fate.  About midway through the first quarter, the Illini weren’t intimidated by the undefeated...

Sharing stories on social media: How Illinois’ athletic department handles online presence

Memorial Stadium rests largely empty during the game between Illinois and Purdue on Oct. 31, 2020.
January 10, 2021

This year, the tweets on the Fighting Illini Athletics Twitter account have ranged from PSAs telling fans to wear a mask to the latest plays from the No. 12-ranked men’s basketball team. In a year where...

Illini continue on losing streak, fall to Ohio State 78-55

Jada Peebles shoots a three during Illinois' game against Ohio State on Thursday. The Illini fell 78-55.
January 7, 2021

The Illinois women’s basketball team fell to Ohio State 78-55. on Thursday evening. The Illini were heavy underdogs heading into the game as they are winless in conference play and were going up against...

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