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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...

Illinois women’s basketball starts road trip against Southern Illinois

Illinois women’s basketball starts road trip against Southern Illinois

By Joey Figueroa

December 5, 2014

Following a one-game stint at home, Illinois will embark on a three-game stretch on the road, beginning with a stop in Carbondale, Illinois, on Saturday for a matchup with Southern Illinois. Fresh off a 23-point blowout win against Virginia on Wednesday, the Illini (6-2) will try to carry over some momentu...

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...

Crawford staying in the spotlight for Illinois women’s basketball

Crawford staying in the spotlight for Illinois women’s basketball

By Joey Figueroa

December 2, 2014

It’s no secret the Illinois women’s basketball team has a plethora of new, young talent. The highly-touted recruits and transfers were the main focus of the preseason, and all eyes remain on those new faces seven games into the regular season. Among all the hype surrounding Illinois’ roster ren...

Illini women’s basketball finish trip with mixed results

Illini women’s basketball finish trip with mixed results

December 1, 2014

The Illinois women’s basketball team’s trip to the Virgin Islands for the Paradise Jam turned out to be a lot like a dysfunctional family vacation. There are many ups and downs of a vacation with the whole family. One day the family is having a great time on the beach, and the next day everyone i...

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 roll two 2-0 start

Illinois women’s basketball roll two 2-0 start

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...

Bollant, Illini women’s basketball signs 3 2015 recruits

Bollant, Illini women’s basketball signs 3 2015 recruits

November 13, 2014

Entering only his third season at the helm of the women’s basketball program, head coach Matt Bollant has proved he can recruit at a high level.  That trend was continued on Wednesday, when three recruits signed their national letters of intent to join the Illini program next season.  “From top t...

Illinois women’s basketball hosts IPFW in season opener

By Joey Figueroa

November 13, 2014

The Illinois women’s basketball team has plenty of promising new pieces, and it’s time for them to come together Friday afternoon at the State Farm Center when Illinois hosts IPFW in the season opener.  Illinois is coming off an impressive 70-point blowout over Millikin in the Illini’s only exhibition ga...

Excitement building from within Illinois women’s basketball program

Excitement building from within Illinois women’s basketball program

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...

Illinois women’s basketball has upgrades at important positions

Illinois women’s basketball has upgrades at important positions

By Joey Figueroa

November 5, 2014

Since taking over the program two years ago, Illinois women’s basketball head coach Matt Bollant has taken his recruiting talents to the next level. Following a poor 2013-14 season, during which the Illini went 2-14 in Big Ten play, Bollant has comprised the pieces to bounce back this year. Seven new playe...

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...

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