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Illini’s Livingston deals with adversity through brother in NBA

Illini’s Livingston deals with adversity through brother in NBA

By By: Stephen Bourbon

February 26, 2014

When the Illinois women’s basketball team hosted Michigan on Feb. 16, the game was bigger than usual for freshman forward Sarah Livingston. While the Illini lost the contest and Livingston didn’t play well — no points and four fouls  — it was special for who was in the crowd that day. Her b...

Illini women’s basketball gets 2nd shot at Indiana on road

Illini women’s basketball gets 2nd shot at Indiana on road

February 20, 2014

The Illinois women’s basketball team’s 77-58 loss to Indiana on Feb. 2 remains fresh in the minds of nearly everyone who donned orange and blue that day. That was the last time anything was the same with head coach Matt Bollant’s squad, as he flipped the team’s minutes on their head and started ...

Bollant’s new lineup trades offensive production for defensive energy

By By: Stephen Bourbon

February 12, 2014

Over the past two games, the Illinois women’s basketball team has sported almost an entirely new starting lineup. In conference matches against Michigan State and Minnesota, the Illini had usual starter Ivory Crawford alongside reserve Nia Oden and three freshmen making their first collegiate start...

New-look Illini women’s basketball team suffers late collapse at Minnesota

New-look Illini women’s basketball team suffers late collapse at Minnesota

February 10, 2014

The same problems continued to plague the Illinois women’s basketball team Sunday, despite the perpetuation of a couple of fresh new faces in the starting lineup,  Generating offense was once again an obstacle the Illini could not overcome, as they lost a late lead to Minnesota and, in turn, the gam...

New lineup can’t energize Illini

New lineup can’t energize Illini

By By: Stephen Bourbon

February 6, 2014

Despite an overhaul of the starting lineup, the Illinois women’s basketball team couldn’t buck its losing streak in a loss to Michigan State. The Illini (9-14, 2-8 Big Ten) got burned by a late run from the No. 24 Spartans (15-7, 7-2) in the first half and never threatened, losing 69-53. Illinois...

Illini host in-state SIU

Illini host in-state SIU

By By: Stephen Bourbon

November 21, 2013

Even coming off an 84-point victory, Illinois women’s basketball head coach Matt Bollant still says there is work to do. “There’s no such thing as a perfect game,” Bollant said. “There’s lots of things that you can get better at this time of year.” The Illini (3-1) hope to continue to m...

Newcomers stepping up for Illini women’s basketball

Newcomers stepping up for Illini women’s basketball

November 19, 2013

When team leaders Karisma Penn and Adrienne GodBold graduated at the end of last season, nobody, not even head coach Matt Bollant, knew who would step in and replicate their production. Now, the answer is becoming clearer. Freshmen forwards Jacqui Grant and Sarah Livingston have stepped up and contribut...

Despite 2 players’ injuries, Illini look to defeat Valparaiso in opener

Despite 2 players’ injuries, Illini look to defeat Valparaiso in opener

November 12, 2013

Although the Illini women’s basketball team will be without junior guard Alexis Smith and sophomore forward McKenzie Piper in Tuesday’s home opener against Valparaiso, Illinois can’t be considered shorthanded, relatively speaking. Valparaiso is at an even bigger disadvantage when it comes to d...