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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...

Illinois women’s basketball finding its bench rotation

Illinois’ Amarah Coleman attempts a layup during the game versus Northwestern at the State Farm Center on Jan. 22.

By Joey Figueroa

February 4, 2015

There isn’t much going right for the Illinois women’s basketball team right now. Currently on a seven-game losing streak, the Illini are just one loss away from being in the cellar of the Big Ten. You wouldn’t be able to tell that from their energetic practices, though, and emerging from these hig...

Illinois women’s basketball loses close one to Northwestern

By Joey Figueroa

January 23, 2015

In a close matchup between in-state rivals, Northwestern got the better of Illinois with a 68-67 victory. In a game that went down to the wire, the Illini couldn't find their offense when they needed it, and the Wildcats made clutch shots to pull away within the final minute. “We just didn’t make t...

Illinois women’s basketball preparing for rivalry game

Illinois' Amarah Coleman (10) attempts a layup during the game against Memphis at the State Farm Center on Thursday, November 20. The Illini won 60-58.

January 22, 2015

When Northwestern comes into State Farm Center on Thursday night, it should be a matchup between two teams in similar situations, as both the Wildcats and the Illini are in need of a conference win. The Illinois women’s basketball team enters the game at 2-4 in conference play, while the Wildcats s...

Illinois women’s basketball struggling in conference play

By Joey Figueroa

January 20, 2015

Before winter break, the Illinois women’s basketball team had gotten off to one of its best starts in recent memory with a 9-3 mark against nonconference foes. The Illini may not have been fully prepared for Big Ten play, however, and are just 2-4 in conference play so far this season. Illinois (11-7, 2...

Illinois women’s hoops looking for bench rotation

Illinois’ Amarah Coleman has stood out through her consistent performances this season and is currently playing sixth in the rotation.

By Joey Figueroa

December 11, 2014

Illinois women’s basketball has just two more games before Big Ten play begins, and one of its more pressing concerns may be finding the right rotation of players to come off the bench. In its 82-72 loss to Seton Hall on Tuesday, the Illinois starters accounted for 170 of the 200 total minutes played. N...

Illinois women’s basketball sneaks away with win

November 21, 2014

Illinois’ battle with Memphis came down to one shot.  Or two, or three or four.  The Illini failed to score in the last three minutes of the game but still managed to pull out a 60-58victory. “It felt like an eternity,” head coach Matt Bollant said laughing. “We were up six and it just ki...

Illinois women’s basketball wins home opener vs. IPFW

Illinois' Ivory Crawford attempts a layup past IPFW's defense during the game at State Farm Center on Friday. The Illini won the season opener 70-63, despite going 0-for-21 on 3-pointers.

By Joey Figueroa

November 17, 2014

Before Illinois’ season opener against IPFW on Friday, head coach Matt Bollant said he thought the Illini were further along offensively than they were on the defensive end. That proved to be the inverse in the Illini’s 70-63 win over the Mastodons. Illinois finished the game 0-for-21 from 3-point range, but had a 44...

Illini crush Millikin in pre-season opener

Illinois' Kyley Simmons (15) lays the ball up during the exhibition game against Millikin at State Farm Center on Saturday. The Illini won 108-38.

November 10, 2014

The Illinois women’s basketball team made the most of its only preseason exhibition game. Although the opponent was Division III school Millikin, Illinois and head coach Matt Bollant still seemed to send a message.  Despite the fact that the win won’t count towards Illinois’ regular season rec...

Excitement building from within Illinois women’s basketball program

Illinois' Ivory Crawford (22) drives the ball during the game against Iowa at State Farm Center on Sunday, March 2, 2014.

November 5, 2014

Head coach Matt Bollant had a rough second season with Illinois women’s basketball. His team finished 9-21 overall, 2-14 in the Big Ten. Combine that losing record with the Big Ten’s addition of Maryland and Rutgers, two national powerhouse programs, and not many people have high expectations of Illin...

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