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UPDATED: Illini women's basketball investigation: no evidence of racism, abuse

Illinois head coach Matt Bollant applauds his teams performance during the Illini's 89-37 win over Mariam at Assembly Hall, on Oct. 30, 2012.

By Masaki Sugimoto

August 3, 2015

And just like that, one of the investigations into the Illinois athletic department is over.Editor's note: read the entire report here.The law firm of Pugh, Jones and Johnson has determined that the allegations of several former women's basketball players are not supported by evidence, Cha...

UPDATED: Former Illinois women's basketball players file suit against Matt Bollant, others

Women’s basketball head coach Matt Bollant looks on as the Illini play a game against Nebraska at Jan. 12, 2014. 

By Daniel Collins

July 1, 2015

Former Illinois basketball players took the next step in their allegations against head women's basketball coach Matt Bollant, filing a suit in U.S. District Court in Urbana on Wednesday morning.Seven former players filed a lawsuit against Bollant, Athletic Director Mike Thomas, former assistant coac...

UPDATED: Illinois women’s basketball assistant coach leaves program under storm of accusations

Illinois' Mike Divilbiss, former associate head coach, offers advice to his team during the game against Ohio State at the State Farm Center on Feb. 14. The Illini won 66-55.

By Declan Harty

May 18, 2015

The Illinois football program is not the only sport at the University that is dealing with allegations of player abuse. Chancellor Phyllis Wise’s office, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Access, and Academic Human Resources were involved in an investigation into allegations of player abuse by Il...

Being busy sure beats Netflix

Being busy sure beats Netflix

By Sam Pulling

February 23, 2015

Earlier this week, I did something I haven’t done in over a year and a half: I went a full day without watching Netflix. One full day. And I couldn’t decide whether that was a good or bad thing.Every day, I sit down for at least an hour, take a break from life, and choose a series to escape to. ...

Women’s basketball sputters through 2013-14 season

Illinois' Jacqui Grant secures a rebound during the game against Iowa at State Farm Center on March 2, 2014.

By By: Stephen Bourbon

May 14, 2014

Coming off Matt Bollant’s first season as head coach of the Illinois women’s basketball, where Illinois posted its best winning percentage since 2007 and advanced to the WNIT quarterfinals, the Illini regressed in 2013-14. The losses of graduated Karisma Penn and Adrienne GodBold left a void of leadership and...

Illini still trying to get consistent effort

Illinois coach Matt Bollant reacts after controversial call from the referee during the Illini's loss to Ohio State at Assembly Hall on Thursday, Feb. 28th, 2013.

By By: Stephen Bourbon

February 18, 2014

After 26 games with the same roster, Illinois women’s basketball head coach Matt Bollant still doesn’t know what to expect from his players. The 2013-14 season has been an inconsistent one at best for the Illini (9-17, 2-11 Big Ten), and Bollant believes that effort has been a major factor in the ...

Illini women’s basketball’s Hartwell benched

February 11, 2014

When Illinois women’s basketball coach Matt Bollant said he’d consider re-managing his team’s minutes after a 77-58 home loss against Indiana on Feb. 2, he meant it. In the previous two games, Bollant gave big opportunities to a plethora of players with little experience, specifically freshmen Ta...

Alston, Buckeyes runs over Illini

By By: Stephen Bourbon

February 1, 2014

Facing one of the worst offenses in the Big Ten, the Illinois defense made Ohio State look like the cream of the conference Thursday night. In a matchup of middling Big Ten teams, it was Ohio State (14-10, 4-4 Big Ten) who pulled away with an imposing offensive attack in the 90-64 victory over the Illin...

Illini women’s basketball hits the road to take on Ohio State

January 30, 2014

The Illinois women’s basketball team will get a chance to improve its winning record on the road in conference play. The Illini (9-11, 2-5 Big Ten) will face Ohio State (13-10, 3-4) in Columbus, Ohio, for the teams’ first and only meeting of the year. Neither squad has been able to gain traction i...

No. 19 Purdue keeps Illini at arm’s length

Illinois’ Jacqui Grant shoots the ball against Purdue at State Farm Center in Champaign.on Monday. Grant had 22 points and seven rebounds.

By By: Stephen Bourbon

January 28, 2014

A return home was not so sweet after all for the Illinois women’s basketball team. After three consecutive road games, Illinois (9-11, 2-5 Big Ten) returned home to an 80-68 loss against No. 19 Purdue (15-5, 5-3). The Illini never led but kept within striking distance throughout the game, although ...

Illini try to break out of conference slump

Illinois’ Alexis Smith drives the ball down the court during the game against Nebraska at State Farm Center on Jan. 12. The Illini lost 75-56.

By By: Stephen Bourbon

January 23, 2014

Despite a start to Big Ten play that is colder than the Champaign winter, the Illinois women’s basketball team is looking to heat up at the end of a long string of road games. Illinois (8-10, 1-4 Big Ten) wraps up a three-game road trip when it travels to Michigan State (12-6, 4-1) on Thursday. The ...

Illini women’s basketball’s Crawford stepping up

Illinois’ Ivory Crawford shoots from the 3-point line during a game against Nebraska at State Farm Center on Jan. 12. The Illini lost 75-56.

January 22, 2014

There haven’t been many bright spots during the Illinois women’s basketball’s first five games of the conference schedule, other than the play of guard Ivory Crawford. The junior has been on an offensive tear in January, averaging 20.3 points per game for the month. Crawford has led the team i...

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