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The womens basketball team huddles up before their game against Nebraska on Jan. 25. With the schedule being released, there are several games you do not want to miss.

Five games to look forward to for new-look Illini women’s basketball team

By Christian Jones, Staff Writer September 16, 2021

One could say the 2021 season ended on a high note for the Illinois women’s basketball team, but only after considering the context.  After suffering through separate ten- and six-game losing streaks,...

The Illinois mens basketball team huddles up during the game against Minnesota on Dec. 15. The Big Ten released the mens and womens basketball conference schedules on Wednesday.

Big Ten releases men’s, women’s basketball conference schedules

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor September 8, 2021

The Big Ten unveiled its conference schedule for both men's and women's basketball on Wednesday afternoon. The Illini men's team will open its conference slate at State Farm Center against Rutgers on Dec....

Illinois womens basketball releases 2021-2022 non-conference schedule

Illinois women’s basketball releases 2021-2022 non-conference schedule

September 3, 2021

Illinois women's basketball released its non-conference schedule on Friday afternoon, with the Illini starting their season on Nov. 9 at State Farm Center. After a tough 2020-21 season that saw Illinois...

Players of the Illinois womens basketball team come together during a pause in the game against Valparaiso Dec. 2. Illinois will host Florida State in the 2021 Big Ten/Atlantic Coast Conference Womens Basketball Challenge.

Illinois to host Florida State in Big Ten/Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Challenge

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor August 3, 2021

Illinois will host Florida State in the 2021 Big Ten/Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Basketball Challenge, with the game scheduled to take place on Dec. 2 at State Farm Center in Champaign. The Seminoles...

Sophomore Jeanae Terry shoots the ball during the game against Valparaiso Dec. 2. Terry recently announced she is transferring to Purdue.

Former Illinois guard Jeanae Terry transfers to Purdue

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor April 23, 2021

Former Illini sophomore Jeanae Terry has transferred to Purdue, according to a social media post Wednesday. She is one of four women's hoops players to leave Illinois after last season, with the group...

Head women’s basketball coach Nancy Fahey talks to her team during a timeout in a game against Valparaiso on Dec. 2. The NCAA has been failing to equally support women’s sports compared to men’s sports.

Column | All talk, no walk: NCAA, member schools fail to support women’s sports

By Claire O'Brien, Sports Video Editor April 5, 2021

Sports often are a mirror of society. The wage gap persists, and, according to the Center for American Progress, for every dollar a white man makes, Asian women make 90 cents, white women make 79 cents,...

Kennedi Myles calls for the ball from J-Naya Ephraim Dec. 2 when Illinois faced Valparaiso. Both players have chosen to play elsewhere next season, with Myles already announcing her decision to transfer to Marquette.

Myles transfers to Marquette, three other Illini enter transfer portal

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor April 1, 2021

The Illinois women's basketball team is undergoing major personnel changes, with four former players currently in the transfer portal and two seniors departing after they graduate in May. Sophomore...

Sophomore Kennedi Myles looks to shoot during game against Northwestern March 10. Though the team suffered many losses this season, the Illini hope to enter the Big Ten Tournament with a higher seed next year.

Women’s basketball season in review: Illinois gains momentum too late in season

By Claire O'Brien, Sports Video Editor March 22, 2021

The Illinois women’s basketball team finished the regular season 4-17 before going 1-1 in the Big Ten tournament. Defeating Wisconsin in the Big Ten Tournament was head coach Nancy Fahey’s first Big...

Northwestern eliminates Illinois in second round of Big Ten Tournament

By Nithin Reddy, Assistant Video Editor March 10, 2021

The Illinois women’s basketball season has come to an end with a record of 5-18 after losing to Northwestern, 67-42. A rough shooting performance in the first half gave Illinois a deficit too large...

Sophomore Kennedi Myles guards an opponent during the game against Wisconsin on Tuesday. Illinois won the game 67-42.

Illinois takes down Wisconsin for Fahey’s first Big Ten Tournament win

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer March 9, 2021

The Illinois women’s basketball team blew out Wisconsin, 67-42, Tuesday in the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis. Freshman guard Aaliyah Nye scored a career-high 17 points, and sophomore forward Kennedi...

Junior J-Naya Ephraim pushes forward towards the basket during the game against Northwestern on Feb. 24. The Illini will play Northwestern again if they beat Wisconsin in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.

Big Ten tournament preview: 12-seed Illinois prepares for postseason competition

By Nithin Reddy, Assistant Video Editor March 9, 2021

The Illinois women’s basketball team sits at the number 12 seed heading into the Big Ten tournament and will face Wisconsin in its first-round matchup. This year will look a little different, as only...

Aaliyah McQueen (21) cheers on Aaliyah Nye (32) as she shoots a 3-pointer at State Farm Center on Jan. 25 against Nebraska. Nye and McQueen share a first name, are from Michigan and have a great bond tied together by basketball.

McQueen, Nye share more than a first name

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer March 8, 2021

Two freshmen on the Illinois women’s basketball team share the first name Aaliyah. Further, Aaliyah McQueen and Aaliyah Nye also have a lot more in common. They’re both from Michigan. Nye and McQueen...

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