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Illinois, Nebraska familar foes in women’s Big Ten tournament

Illinois' Ivory Crawford dribbles the ball during the game against Nebraska on Jan. 12, 2014. The senior could play in the final game of her Illini career in the Big Ten tournament.

March 3, 2015

Now that the regular season is over, it’s tournament time for the Illinois women’s basketball team. While a 15-15 (6-12 Big Ten) record doesn’t put the Illini in NCAA tournament striking distance, they’ll have a chance to make some noise in the Big Ten tournament. Coming off Saturday’s home ...

Illini women’s basketball can’t finish off upset against No. 15 Nebraska

By Joey Figueroa

January 30, 2015

The Illinois women’s basketball team came in on a five-game losing streak Thursday, missing senior leader Ivory Crawford and on the road in one of the rowdiest crowds in the Big Ten. So calling Illinois’ near-upset over No. 15 Nebraska a heartbreaking loss might be an understatement. Especially w...

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 adjusting without Crawford

January 21, 2015

Sitting at 2-4 in Big Ten play, the Illinois women’s basketball team and head coach Matt Bollant are already forced to adjust to a major bump in the road. Senior guard Ivory Crawford has now been sidelined for a week with a knee injury.  “Obviously, the injury to Ivory (Crawford) is a big deal to u...

Illinois women’s hoops downs Valparaiso

By Joey Figueroa

December 14, 2014

On a record-setting afternoon in Chapel Hill, Indiana, Illinois women’s basketball rode a fast start and hot shooting to an easy 80-58 victory over Valparaiso. The Illini sank a school record 15 3-pointers, and their 53.6 percent mark from beyond the arc was the second-best mark in school history wh...

Illinois women’s basketball falls at Seton Hall

December 10, 2014

The Illinois women’s basketball team couldn’t recreate the magic it had when facing the Seton Hall Pirates last season. On Dec. 9, the Illini erased a 20-point deficit at home to take down the Pirates.  Seton Hall got its revenge this year by coming up with an 82-72 win. The Illini made a few second half r...

Illini women’s basketball looks for rebounding, less fouls against Virginia

December 3, 2014

The quick transition from Thanksgiving break back into work or school is never easy.  After the Illinois women’s basketball team went 1-2 at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands over break, the same will go for head coach Matt Bollant and his squad. Illinois will take on Virginia Wednesday as p...

Illinois women’s basketball roll two 2-0 start

Chatrice White shoots a layup during the game against Robert Morris at State Farm Center on Tuesday. The Illini won 66-48, the first time they’ve won consecutively in almost a year.

November 19, 2014

Illinois women’s basketball did something in Tuesday night’s 66-48 win over Robert Morris at State Farm Center that it hadn’t accomplished since December of 2013.  The Illini won two games consecutively.  It makes sense, considering Matt Bollant’s squad went just 2-14 in conference play las...

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...

Bollant, Illini women’s basketball pads recruiting class

October 6, 2014

Illinois basketball has been getting headlines for its recruiting moves on the men’s side. It’s time to take notice of what Matt Bollant has been putting together for the women on the recruiting trail. Illinois received a verbal commitment from Jaelyne Kirkpatrick, the top ranked point guard in C...