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Illini struggle throughout 2015-2016 season

May 8, 2016

The Illinois women’s basketball team finished another disappointing season under head coach Matt Bollant’s fourth year. The Illini (9-21, 2-16 Big Ten) struggled to get anything going in Big Ten play, and as a result, ended their season in last place in the conference. The team’s 9-21 re...

Illinois makes a comeback but falls short in last regular season game

Illinois head coach Matt Bollant shouts instructions at his team during the game against Indiana at the State Farm Center on Feb. 10. The Illini lost 80-68.

By Daniel Dexter

February 28, 2016

Late in the fourth quarter, the Illinois women’s basketball team’s comeback was within one point of ending its tumultuous season on a high note, but once again fell short of a win.The Illini (9-20, 2-16) traveled Iowa City, Iowa, to take on the Hawkeyes (18-12, 8-10) on Saturday night in the team...

Ohio State’s 3-pointers bury the Illini

Illinois' Chatrice White shoots a hook shot during the game against Indiana at the State Farm Center on Feb. 10. The Illini lost 70-68.

By Daniel Dexter

February 22, 2016

Tweet: #illini women’s basketball couldn’t contain Ohio State’s barrage of 3-point shotsThe Ohio State women's basketball team's ability to hit from beyond the arc throughout the game was a major contributing factor in Illinois’ 117-74 loss to Buckeyes.SOOhio State launched 29 3-po...

Illinois falls on senior night to Rutgers

By Daniel Dexter

February 15, 2016

It was a tale of two halves for the Illinois women’s basketball team, but the result stayed the same: an Illinois loss.The Illini (8-17, 1-13 Big Ten) hosted Rutgers (16-10, 7-7) on Saturday night at State Farm Center for senior night. Legendary coach C. Vivian Stringer’s Scarlet Knights held a sig...

Tyra Buss and Hoosiers cruise past Illinois

By Matt Gertsmeier

February 11, 2016

Tweet: [email protected] and @IndianaWBB cruise past @IlliniWBB #Illini On Matt Bollant’s first day on the job as head coach of the Illinois women’s basketball team, he offered Tyra Buss a scholarship. Before Bollant could get Buss, a Mount Carmel, Illinois, native, to Champaign for a visit, she verbally ...

Illini of the Week 12/2: Chatrice White

Center Chatrice White takes a three point shot during the game against Tennessee State at Parkland College on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Illinois won 98-43.

By Matt Gertsmeier

December 1, 2015

Editor’s note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down each week and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and contribution to team success.In 2003, the University of Illinois’ in-state tuition was about $5,...

Illinois women’s basketball hits road for first time this year

Guard Kyle Simmons shields the ball from a defender during the game against Tennessee State at Parkland College on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Illinois won 98-43.

By Matt Gertsmeier, Staff writer

December 1, 2015

Cierra Rice is looking forward to leaving the cold Midwestern weather as she travels to Miami this WednesdayRB. But she’s not going on vacation. She’s looking to take care of business. Rice and the Illinois women’s basketball team (4-0)RB are heading to South Beach on Wednesday to take on Miami (...

UI tasks search committee with finding new athletic director

By Charlotte Carroll

November 24, 2015

Illinois has a search committee for a new athletic director.Interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson announced in a press release Friday the eight people that will aid in the search for a replacement for interim athletic director Paul Kowalcyzk, who has been on the job for a little more...

Illinois women’s basketball starts season Friday

Illinois' Chatrice White attacks the rim during the game against Ohio State at the State Farm Center on Saturday, February 14, 2015. The Illini won 66-55.

By Matt Gertsmeier

November 11, 2015

Matt Bollant is ready to move forward.Recently fired athletic director Mike ThomasJT hired the Illinois women’s basketball coach in 2012JT. While Bollant expressed disappointment about the firing, he realizes he needs to move on.“Mike hired me and I think the world of him,” Bollant said. “He’s ...

Takeaways from the Franczek Radelet report into the athletic department

New interim Athletic Director Paul Kowalczyk addresses the media on November 10, 2015 at Memorial Stadium after the University announced his appointment to the position after firing Mike Thomas. Kowalczyk just officially announced his retirement, which will take effect on Aug. 31.

By Declan Harty

November 10, 2015

The University released the results of Chicago-based law firm Franczek Radelet’s lengthy investigation into the athletic department on Monday.The report explored the department’s handling of sports injuries and accusations from student-athletes in the football and women’s basketball programs. The re...

The cost of the Illinois football and women’s basketball investigations

The cost of the Illinois football and women’s basketball investigations

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

October 30, 2015

The University had dealt with its fair share of controversy by May of 2015. Steven Salaita was threatening to file a lawsuit against the University and James Kilgore’s job status was being hotly debated, but something else was on the horizon. On May 10, former Illinois football player Simon ...

Matt Bollant: same coach aims for new leadership for Illini women's basketball

By Jon Joffe

October 23, 2015

While Matt Bollant is about to start his fourth straight season heading the Illinois women’s basketball team, top-to-bottom, he anticipates the dynamic of the team’s leadership will be different this season.In the midst of player mistreatment allegations surrounding his team — resulting in the depar...

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