Category: Fighting Illini

Junior Michelle Young scored a game and career-high 32 points to pace five Bradley University women’s basketball players in double figures as the Braves topped Illinois 98-92 Friday afternoon at Renaissance Coliseum. The crowd of 2,402 fans, which ranks as the fourth-best attendance total in school history and largest for a women’s basketball game at Renaissance Coliseum, left entertained as Bradley’s 98 points surpassed the previous arena mark of 96 points in a win against Iowa on Dec. 17, 2001 and the teams combined for a Renaissance Coliseum record 190 points. Bradley (1-0 overall) improved to 3-1 in its last four contests against Big Ten Conference foes and the Braves are now 3-2 in the last five matchups with the Illini. The game marked the first season opener against the BCS Conference foe for Bradley since the 1999-2000 season and the Braves topped a BCS Conference opponent to open a season for the first time since 1998-99. Young scored 19 of her career-best 32 points in the first half, including 13 points in a seven-minute span, and made 11-of-19 field goal attempts on the afternoon.  Her 32 points are tied for the eighth most in school history and were the most by a Bradley player in a home game since Genny Mueller had 33 points against Indiana State on March 6, 2004. Young’s point total also ranks as the most points scored by a Bradley individual in a season opener. All four Bradley seniors finished in double figures, Kelsey Budd added 23 points, seven assists and a career-best eight steals. The eight steals are the most by a Brave since Skye Johnson had eight takeways against Creighton on Feb. 23, 2008.

-Bob

I made the trip east on I-74 to Rantoul, IL Wednesday afternoon, to take advantage of the beautiful weather in central Illinois and grab some action photo’s at the Fighting Illini’s football practice. Second year head coach Tim Beckman ran a fast moving practice that lasted less than two hours. The offense was moving the ball easily on the defense with a lot of passes mixed in with a few running plays. A couple of key players were rested with slight injuries, senior QB Nathan Scheelhaase and LB Jonathan Brown. The Illini move back home to Champaign this weekend and open the season August 31st against Southern Illinois University at Memorial Stadium.

-Bob

The Peoria Chiefs’ three-game winning streak ended when the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers scored three runs in the ninth inning to hand the Chiefs a 4-1 loss on Tuesday on Illini Night at O’Brien Field before 1,334 fans. The loss dampened a night that started with new Illinois men’s basketball coach John Groce throwing out a ceremonial first pitch. The Timber Rattlers had three straight singles to start the inning against Peoria reliever Justin Berg to break the tie. A second run scored on an error by Wes Darvill and Berg was lifted for Austin Reed. Click here for game stats.

-Bob

Sophomore center Meyers Leonard led Illinois (11-1) with 19 points and 16 rebounds to beat Cornell (4-5) 64-60 at Assembly Hall before 13,578 fans. The Fighting Illini opened the second half 1 for 13 from the field and fell behind 42-36, then put together a 14-6 run to regain the lead. The teams exchanged leads until the final minute, when D.J. Richardson hit a pull-up jumper with 17 seconds left to put Illinois ahead 62-58. Josh Figini scored all 14 of his points in the first half to lead Cornell (4-4). The forward sat out the last 7 minutes of the half after picking up two fouls and was limited the rest of the game. The No. 25 Illini play No. 9 Missouri Tigers Thursday night in St. Louis at the Scottrade Center.

-Bob

Bradley committed a season-high 28 turnovers and Illinois connected on 9-of-18 three-point attempts, including eight of its last 11 attempts from beyond the arc, as the Braves fell 73-51 to the Illini Friday at Renaissance Coliseum.  Junior Latasha Hollingshed led the Braves with 21 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for her second career double-double. Macie Blinn and Amber Moore combined to made 9-of-13 three-pointers and the duo totaled 38 points off the bench. Blinn had a game-high 22 points and was 5-of-8 from beyond the arc, while Moore scored all 16 of her points in the second half and was 4-for-5 from three-point range.  Karisma Penn (11 points) and Lydia McCully (10 points) also scored in double figures to pace the Illini.

-Bob



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