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Illini hope to win against Badgers Wednesday

Illini hope to win against Badgers Wednesday

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff writer

February 20, 2019


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

Less than three weeks ago, Illinois snapped a nine-game losing streak, earning its second Big Ten win of the season against Wisconsin. Now on a two-game losing streak, the Illini will head to Madison on Wednesday night in an attempt to complete the sweep. Both teams suffered losses on Sunday, with Ill...

Turnovers, points inside cost Illini close victory

Turnovers, points inside cost Illini close victory

By JJ Kim

February 19, 2019


Filed under Sports, Women's Sports

In the annual Play4Kay Pink Game to support breast cancer, Michigan came to State Farm Center riding a five-game winning streak as they took on Illinois. Though the Illini hung in tight till the half, the Wolverines began to pull away in the third quarter on their way to a 70-56 victory. “Executio...

Illini cruise in early season action

Illini cruise in early season action

By Rachel Spencer, Staff writer

February 18, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

It was a “peachy keen” weekend in Georgia for Illinois softball as the team swept Boston College and Georgia Tech to improve its record to 7-2. Over two games, the Illini outscored the Eagles 19-6, which included a 12-3 run-rule victory in game one. Despite a rain delay during game two on Friday...

Softball gears up for second tournament of season

Softball gears up for second tournament of season

By Rachel Spencer, Staff Writer

February 15, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Illinois softball will be back on the road this weekend for its second tournament of the season. Once again, the Illini are heading for a much more temperate climate to compete in Atlanta. There, the team will be hosted by Georgia Tech and the two teams will face off Friday at 4:30 p.m. CST. Illinoi...

Illinois hopes to continue winning streak against Iowa

Illinois hopes to continue winning streak against Iowa

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

February 14, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

In a battle at the bottom of the Big Ten, Illinois women’s basketball defeated Wisconsin 78-68 at home on Sunday to earn its second Big Ten win of the season. The Illini will now head to Iowa City on a high note instead of a 10-game losing streak to take on the No. 14 Hawkeyes this Thursday. After...

Scott already finding her place during freshman season

Scott already finding her place during freshman season

By Sumeya Kalib, Staff Writer

February 14, 2019


Filed under Gymnastics, Sports, Women's Sports

The Illinois women gymnastics team has welcomed a fresh face to beam and floor line up this season in freshman Shaylah Scott. Being the only freshman to have performed so far this season, the Texas native and junior Olympic National Champion has been making strides and showcasing her talent over the...

Illinois softball hopes to climb conference rankings

Illinois softball hopes to climb conference rankings

By JJ Kim, Staff Writer

February 14, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Following a 3-2 start to the season, the Illinois softball team heads to Atlanta this weekend where it will face Georgia Tech and Boston College. Fourth-year coach Tyra Perry will look to build off a solid opening weekend and climb the conference rankings. The team finished 37-18 last season, includi...

Wittinger balances playing on team, school

Wittinger balances playing on team, school

By JJ Kim, Staff writer

February 14, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

Following another hard- fought game, senior forward Alex Wittinger headed to the locker room to call her father. He was her first coach and is still a key figure in her life, always going over the game and discussing what adjustments to make going forward. After a frustrating loss, Wittinger has to decomp...

Women’s basketball gets major win over Badgers

Women’s basketball gets major win over Badgers

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

February 12, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

The Illinois women’s basketball team defeated Wisconsin 78-68 Sunday, snapping a nine-game losing streak and winning their second Big Ten contest this season. Thanks to senior Alex Wittinger’s 24 points and 12 boards, the Illini fought off a tough Badger team at the State Farm Center. “It’s...

Softball beats Oklahoma State for first season win

Softball beats Oklahoma State for first season win

By Rachel Spencer, Staff Writer

February 12, 2019


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

The Illinois softball team started its spring season by picking up the program’s 600th and 601st wins in Houston on Friday. During the team's 2019 season opener, Illinois ousted two top-25 teams — No. 22 Oklahoma State and No. 13 Kentucky — beating them 7-4 and 6-5, respectively. Senior outfiel...

Illini bounce back against Spartans

Illini bounce back against Spartans

By Sumeya Kalib, Staff writer

February 11, 2019


Filed under Gymnastics, Sports, Women's Sports

Ending with a solid floor routine, the Illinois women’s gymnastics team bounced back against Michigan State 195.100-194.575, the Illini earning their second Big Ten win and 10th consecutive win against the Spartans. The team started off strong on vaults by winning the event, beating its season-hi...

Bezhanishvili: A basketball love story

Bezhanishvili: A basketball love story

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

February 11, 2019


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

Giorgi Bezhanishvili drives a Lambo. Turning heads around campus, the breakout freshman big man is rolling high and mighty. To be clear, the heads are turned due to the oversized 7-foot frame waving side-to-side on a black-bike: his Lambo. Bezhanishvili does not hesitate to talk about his prized p...

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