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Former volleyball player Viliunas brings energy to women’s hoops

Former volleyball player Viliunas brings energy to women’s hoops

By Daniel Dexter

February 29, 2016


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Tweet: Former #illini volleyball player Alexis Viliunas added energy and excitement in her first and only season on the Illinois women’s basketball teamCheck out Brian Heidegger's Radio Story on Alexis Viliunas here.Thunderous applause typically accompanied the entrance of senior Alexis Viliu...

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

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

By Daniel Dexter

February 28, 2016


Filed under Sports

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...

Illini athletics, you got your guy

Illini athletics, you got your guy

By Kevin McCarthy

February 19, 2016


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Tweet: #Illini columnist @KevOMcCarthy is drinking the Josh Whitman (@IlliniAD) Kool-aid”Check out Joey Gelman's radio story about new Athletic Director Josh Whitman here.A teary eyed Rick Whitman watched on as his son’s dreams were coming true. Cameras flashed, alumni clapped, and Josh Whitman ...

Illinois falls on senior night to Rutgers

By Daniel Dexter

February 15, 2016


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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


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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 ...

Illinois looks for revenge at Minnesota

Illinois looks for revenge at Minnesota

By Daniel Dexter

January 25, 2016


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Tweet: Illinois will look to avenge its worst loss of the season when it takes on Minnesota at MinneapolisThe Illinois women’s basketball team will have an opportunity at revenge when it takes on Minnesota on Tuesday night.JTThe game, which will be played in Minneapolis, will be the second meeting...

Illini of the Week Dec. 9: Kyley Simmons

Illini of the Week Dec. 9: Kyley Simmons

By Jon Joffe

December 9, 2015


Filed under Sports

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.Senior Kyley Simmons paced the Illini with 21 points on Sunday in the team...

Illinois' Sarah Hartwell nominated for community service award

Illinois' Sarah Hartwell nominated for community service award

By Cole Henke

December 9, 2015


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An Illini athlete is being honored for her off-the-court contributions to the community. Illinois basketball guard Sarah Hartwell is a nominee for the 2016 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team.This is the fourth year the award will be presented to a group of women’s college basketball student athletes wit...

Illini of the Week 12/2: Chatrice White

Illini of the Week 12/2: Chatrice White

By Matt Gertsmeier

December 1, 2015


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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

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

By Matt Gertsmeier, Staff writer

December 1, 2015


Filed under Basketball, Sports

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 (...

Our kind of thing: a Fighting Illini family

Our kind of thing: a Fighting Illini family

By Alexis Casati

November 17, 2015


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Being a student-athlete is a tricky thing. It’s an emotional thing, it’s a mental thing, and it’s a physical thing.And as surprising as this may sound, I haven't found many outside of college sports that are able to do justice to just how amazing an experience it is.But balancing all of these feeli...

Illini women's basketball recover from slow start, remain undefeated

By Jonathan Joffe

November 16, 2015


Filed under Sports

By Jon JoffeStaff writerThe Illinois women’s basketball team looked to carry momentum over from its 31-point victory on Friday right into its game with Ohio University (0-0).And although it didn’t go as scripted, the Illini escaped with a win against the Bobcats on Sunday.ssThe visitors jumped out to a seven-...

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