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Women’s basketball gets overtime win, moves to 5-2 on the season

Women’s basketball gets overtime win, moves to 5-2 on the season

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

December 4, 2018

After a two-game losing streak on the road, the Illinois women’s basketball team got back in the win column at home this weekend beating Eastern Michigan 72-66 in overtime. Senior Alex Wittinger and junior Ali Andrews led Illinois to its six-point victory, both scoring in the double-digit range....

McNicholas’ first basket is three years in making

McNicholas’ first basket is three years in making

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

November 29, 2018

She’s the only walk-on player on the 15-person roster for the Illinois women’s basketball team, but junior Meagan McNicholas earned her spot just like every other team member. McNicholas knows her role on head coach Nancy Fahey’s squad, and while she isn’t a starter or the first player off the bench...

Illini look to recover, travel to Clemson

Illini look to recover, travel to Clemson

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

November 28, 2018

Fresh off a 1-1 performance at the Cal Poly ShareSlo Holiday Beach Classic, the Illinois women’s basketball team (4-1) will continue its road trip, traveling to Clemson on Wednesday night. After collecting their first loss of the season in California, head coach Nancy Fahey and her team are look...

Veteran effort gives Illinois 73-54 win over Valparaiso

Veteran effort gives Illinois 73-54 win over Valparaiso

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

November 16, 2018

The Illinois women’s basketball team picked up its second win of the season this Wednesday against Valparaiso University by a margin of 19 points (73-54). Illinois came out with a strong first quarter, making an improvement from last Wednesday’s slow start. While Illinois and Valparaiso went...

Georgetown upends Illinois despite Dosunmu’s high scoring effort

Georgetown upends Illinois despite Dosunmu’s high scoring effort

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

November 14, 2018

Illinois had an up-and-down battle against Georgetown Tuesday night in the team's second game of the season.  The Illini led early, but the Hoyas owned the boards and the paint, easily working the ball in from the perimeter for high-percentage scoring opportunities. Georgetown went 20-for-21 at the rim, with five...

Women’s basketball hopes to get back on winning path

Women’s basketball hopes to get back on winning path

By Gabby Hadjuk, Staff Writer

November 14, 2018

The Illinois women's basketball team will play its second game of the season, hosting Valparaiso at the State Farm Center on Wednesday. Valparaiso, coming off a six-point loss to North Dakota on Sunday, will be looking for its first win of the season. Last Wednesday, the Illini opened the ...

Fahey begins second season

Fahey begins second season

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff writer

November 8, 2018

As reigning head coach Nancy Fahey enters her second year coaching the Illinois women’s basketball team, the team is looking to move forward after a 9-22 record in the 17-18 season. While the Illini had a rough start to the Fahey era, the teammates embraced their experience and are excited to st...

Ubben Basketball Complex to undergo $30 million renovation

Ubben Basketball Complex to undergo $30 million renovation

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

June 11, 2018

Illinois director of athletics Josh Whitman announced a $30 million renovation project for Ubben Basketball Complex, the practice facility for the Illinois men’s and women’s basketball programs. The renovations are expected to be completed about three years after the plan is approved by the Univ...

Illini looking to the future on Senior day

Illini looking to the future on Senior day

By Miles Powers-Huang, Assistant sports editor

February 25, 2018

While the season has probably not quite gone the way Alex Wittinger thought it would in the win-loss column, the Illinois junior forward has had a breakout year, averaging 14 points and 9 rebounds. A few individual performances that stand out are her 18 point, 11 block, 10 rebound triple-double on Jan....

Wittinger’s career high not enough

Wittinger’s career high not enough

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

February 15, 2018

No matter how close the Illinois women’s basketball team tried to make the game against Ohio State on Tuesday, Buckeye senior guard Kelsey Mitchell, the Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer and NCAA all-time leader in made three-point shots, responded with timely shot after timely shot. While many...

Women’s basketball seaches for first Big Ten win

Women’s basketball seaches for first Big Ten win

By Meghan Rest, Staff writer

February 13, 2018

Silencing the thunder of Ohio State, senior guard Kelsey Mitchell might be the trick to picking up Illinois first conference win of the season. The Illinois women’s basketball team will host no. 16 Ohio State Tuesday night for the first time this season. So far, the Illini have come up empty handed in ...

Women’s basketball falls once again on the road

Women’s basketball falls once again on the road

By Meghan Rest, Staff writer

February 12, 2018

Illinois women’s basketball only has four regular season opportunities left to snap its 13-game losing streak. After falling to Indiana 70-54 Thursday, Illinois found itself with a conference record of 3-25 over the past two seasons. The Illini’s last conference win was against the Cornhuskers ...

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