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  • Terence Shannon Jr. shoots a layup surrounded by three Nebraska defenders

    Illini use big second half to roll past Nebraska, 72-56

    A strong Illinois defensive stand in the final minutes of the game kept Nebraska without a field goal for the last six minutes of action, and four Illini finished in double figures in the 16-point victory.

  • Adalia McKenzie poised to shoot a short jumper shot on the way to her fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

    Team effort lifts Illini Women's Basketball over Michigan State

    'We got back to our identity about finding ways to win, making plays when we had to, and showing some toughness when we had to,' said head coach Shauna Green. 'This was a much, much, much-needed win in response to the Purdue loss.'

  • Terence Shannon, Jr. and Coleman Hawkins high five on State Farm Center court

    Illini down Ohio State, 69-60

    Illinois brought the energy from start to finish in a bounce-back 69-60 win against Ohio State at State Farm Center on Tuesday night.

  • Kendall Bostic flexes and screams after a tough scoring play

    Bostic, Bryant lead Illini to road win over Northwestern

    No. 21/23 Illinois fought off a late comeback attempt and returned to winning ways with a narrow 67-64 road victory against Northwestern on Sunday afternoon. The Illini move to 16-4 overall and 6-3 in conference play.

  • Illini basketball players huddle on court during a break in the action on Monday

    Dominant second half leads Illini to win at Minnesota

    Illinois Men's Basketball extended its winning streak to four games with a 78-60 road win over Minnesota at Williams Arena on Monday night. Four different Illini finished with double figures.

  • Adalia McKenzie rises for a layup over Minnesota defenders

    Balanced attack powers Illini to road win over Minnesota

    No. 24 Illinois (15-3, 5-2) went on the road Sunday to beat Minnesota, 70-57, for the Illini's fourth double-digit road win of the season.  Four players finished in double figures in the 13-point victory.

  • game action image of Terrence Shannon Jr. and Coleman Hawkins

    Illini cruise past Nebraska on the road, 76-50

    Five different Illini finished in double figures, and Illinois took advantage of a big second half, outscoring the Cornhuskers, 42-27, in the final 20 minutes of play, to cruise to victory in Lincoln.

  • junior forward Coleman Hawkins looks at a shot against a Badger defender

    Illini Men's Basketball downs Wisconsin at State Farm Center, 79-69

    The win halted a three-game skid in conference play for the Illini (10-5, 1-3 B1G), while the league-leading Badgers (11-3, 3-1) suffered their first loss since Nov. 29, snapping a string of six consecutive wins.

  • Junior guard Makira Cook brings up the ball against Northwestern. She led the Illini scoring with 23 points.

    Balanced scoring helps Illini beat Wildcats, first time since 2014

    The Illini's winning streak extends to seven games - its program-best start to the season, now sitting at 14-2 overall and 4-1 in conference play.

  • Coaches and players on the sideline celebrate a three point shot in the new year's day victory over 12th ranked Iowa

    Women's Basketball receiving AP Top 25 votes after upset of Iowa

    Now out to a 13-2 start under Shauna Green, the Illini are coming off their biggest win yet - a New Year's Day upset of Iowa. The last time the Illini appeared in the Top 25 was Nov. 27, 2000, when the team was ranked 24th in the AP poll. 

  • Adalia McKenzie scores on a layup against Wisconsin defenders

    McKenzie scores career-high 26 points in emphatic road win over Wisconsin

    The Illini sit above .500 in conference action for the first time since 2017, and they extend their winning streak to five games with their final game of 2022. Illinois now sits at 12-2 overall and 2-1 in Big Ten play heading into 2023.

  • Screen by Kendall Bostic, jump shot from junior guard Genesis Bryant

    Bryant’s triple-double powers Fighting Illini past Florida Atlantic

     Illinois women's basketball closed out its non-conference slate with an undefeated 7-0 mark at home as the Fighting Illini triumphed over Florida Atlantic, 81-46, on Wednesday afternoon.

  • Junior guard Genisis Bryant moves the ball into the front court against a Missouri defender

    McKenzie, Bryant lead scoring as Illini win Braggin’ Rights over Missouri

     Adalia McKenzie deliver a game-high 21 points, Genesis Bryant turned in a career-best 20 points, and Kendall Bostic turned in her third double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds to go along with three assists.

  • Senior guard Jada Peebles considers a shot against a defender

    Strong rebounding fuels Illini Women's Basketball win at Butler

    Illinois narrowly took down Butler on the road, 65-63, on Sunday afternoon at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Fighting Illini are now 9-2 overall, and the two-point victory marks the team's second true road win of the season.

  • sophomore guard Adalia MacKenzie drives against a Rutgers defender on her way to a double-double performance

    McKenzie, Cook lead Illini to win over Rutgers

    Behind a double-double from Adalia McKenzie and a 20-point performance from Makira Cook, Illinois fought off Rutgers, 80-62, at State Farm Center on Wednesday night to pick up its first Big Ten win of the season.

  • five Illini players look weary as they walk up the floor during overtime at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night

    Illini take down No. 2 Texas in overtime

    Illinois fought back from a double-digit second-half deficit to force overtime and take down No. 2 Texas, 85-78. Freshman guard Jayden Epps scored the Illini's final five points of the second half to send the game to overtime.

  • Illini players are all smiles on the Pittsburgh Panthers' court after their victory Wednesday evening

    Lights-out three-point shooting gives Women's Basketball a big road win over Pitt

    Sophomore Adalia McKenzie scored a career-high 25 points, shooting 81.8 percent. The Illini improved to 7-1 on the season, tying their win total from one season ago. Theu open Big Ten on Sunday afternoon at No. 5 Indiana.

  • Coleman Hawkins elevates for a three-point jump shot in the Illini victory over Syracuse on November 29, 2022

    Hawkins' triple-double leads Fighting Illini past Syracuse

    Coleman Hawkins registered the first Illinois triple-double in two seasons, recording 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in the Fighting Illini's 73-44 win over Syracuse. Terrence Shannon Jr. led all scorers with 17 points.

  • junior running back Chase Brown waves to crowd after scoring a touchdown

    Illini dominate Northwestern, 41-3, in regular season finale

    The Illini defense forced six turnovers, including a scoop and score and pick six from Sydney Brown, while Devon Witherspoon recorded two interceptions. With an 8-4 overall record, they'll learn their bowl destination next week.

  • Redshirt senior, setter Diana Brown, reacts after winning a volley

    Fighting Illini Volleyball earns senior day sweep against Iowa

    On a sentimental Senior Day at Huff Hall on Sunday, Illini Volleyball triumphed over Iowa in straight sets to record the Illini's eighth sweep this season. Their fourth-straight victory helped the team improve to 15-13 overall, 11-8 in Big Ten play.

  • Terrence Shannon Jr. shoots a layup in Monday night's game against Monmouth

    Shannon Jr., Epps shine as Illini cruise to win over Monmouth

    Terrence Shannon Jr. had a game-high and career-best 30 points, while Jayden Epps had 21 in their third regular-season contest with the Illini. Dain Dainja had 15 points off the bench, his third straight game in double figures.

  • junior guard Makira Cook handles the ball against the Alcorn defense

    Strong guard play propels Illini Women in win over Alcorn State

    Makira Cook led all scorers with 21, while Adalia McKenzie, Genesis Bryant, and Jada Peebles all finished in double figures. The Illini had an efficient day from deep, shooting 52.2% from beyond the arc.

  • Illini quarterback Tommy DeVito looks for a receiver as he prepares to pass during the game on Oct. 20, 2022

    Fighting Illini shut down Nebraska for sixth-straight victory

    Illinois took down Nebraska on the road, 26-9, to move to 4-1 in conference play and remain atop the Big Ten West standings. The Illini moved from #17 to #14 in the AP poll following the win.

  • Outside hitter Raina Terry winds up for a kill in Wednesday's match against Penn State

    Illini Volleyball stuns No. 11 Penn State

    In front of a rowdy crowd at Huff Hall, the Illinois volleyball team upset No. 11 Penn State in a four set battle on Wednesday night. The Illini victory was the team's first triumph over a nationally ranked opponent this season. 

  • Kate Duong and Megan Heuser pose with Tennis Head Coach Evan Clark

    Fighting Illini close ITA Regionals with doubles championship

    Kate Duong and Megan Heuser concluded Illinois' action at the ITA Midwest Regionals on Monday with a win in the doubles finals. The duo racked up five of Illinois' 15 wins across regional play. 

  • Men's golf team, with Coach Small, poses with the invitational trophy

    Illini Men's Golf overcomes elements for Dayton Flyer Invitational title

    Behind a third-consecutive top-five finish from senior Tommy Kuhl, the Illini recorded the low team score in Rounds 2 and 3 to move past WSU and hold off MU for the four-stroke win, the 80th of Coach Mike Small's career.

  • Illinois defensive players trot off the field smiling after a stop

    Illinois Football moves up to #18 in the AP Poll

    Following a 26-14 win over Minnesota, the 6-1 Illini team has moved up to #18 in the AP Poll. Illinois is also ranked in the Coaches Poll for the first time this season, coming in at #20.

  • Illinois volleyball players celebrate a point against Rutgers on their home court

    Nationally televised volleyball: Illini sweep Rutgers

    Using its second-best hitting percentage of the season, Illinois swept Rutgers at home on Wednesday night in a match aired live on ESPNU. The team is now 9-8 overall, 4-3 reading in Big Ten play. 

  • defensive linemen for the Illini react after a tackle for loss in the Oct. 8 victory over Iowa

    Illinois Football ranked in the AP Top 25

    The Illinois football team comes in at #24 in this week's poll. Illinois (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten) is tied for first in the Big Ten West standings thanks to the top scoring defense in the nation and the nation's leading rusher, Chase Brown. 

  • happy Illini football players along the sidelines in Madison

    Illini overpower Wisconsin for Big Ten West road win

    Illinois picked up its first Big Ten win of the season on Saturday, taking down Wisconsin, 34-10, in Madison for the first time since 2002. The Illini scored 17 points on three takeaways to move to 1-1 in conference play and 4-1 overall.

  • sophomore Jackson Buchanan watches a shot our of the rough

    Fighting Illini run away with Folds of Honor Collegiate title

    The Illini used another strong start to open Wednesday's final round, and continued to push throughout the day en route to a 54-hole team tally of 854 (-10), led by sophomore Jackson Buchanan's closing 68 (-4).

  • Illini wide receiver Pat Bryant celebrates a touchdown

    Illini dominate Chattanooga in 31-0 shutout

    Illinois closed non-conference play with a resounding 31-0 win against Chattanooga in the first Thursday night fame at Memorial Stadium, moving the Fighting Illini to 3-1 on the season.

  • Illini volleyball players celebrate in EIU's gym

    Illini Volleyball secures fourth straight win with sweep at EIU

    Wednesday's win pushed Illinois to a 5-3 record on the season including a 3-1 mark in true road matches. The victory moved the Orange and Blue to 20-4 in all-time meetings against Eastern Illinois.

  • two Illini players celebrate

    Illini Football handles Virginia, 24-3

    The Illini scored 24 unanswered points, while the defense held the Cavaliers to 1-for-16 on third down, 1-for-4 on fourth down, and racked up five sacks on the day.

  • unidentified Illini Baseball player looks and points to the sky as he touches home plate to score

    Illini bats erupt for 18 runs in dominant win at Penn State

    Illinois scored 18 runs on 17 hits to take the series opener at Penn State on Thursday evening, 18-7. The Illini improve to 29-20 overall on the season and 15-7 in the Big Ten.

  • Illini baseball players mob Justin Janas after his game-winning hit

    Illini walk-off Nebraska on Senior Day in wild finish

    The Illini came back from a four-run deficit to take the final game of the series against Nebraska, 5-4. Justin Janas singled home Branden Comia in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Illinois the series win.

  • senior right-handed pitcher Tommy Green delivers a pitch

    Illini Baseball wins Tuesday night battle with Indiana State

    The Fighting Illini won the second game of the season against Indiana State on Tuesday night, 6-3. Jacob Campbell and Cam McDonald led the Illini at the plate, driving in a combined three runs while both tallied hits in the win.

  • Men's Golf team poses with championship trophy

    Men's Golf closes regular season with impressive tournament win

    The win at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate at Columbus Country Club secures the Illini's third team title for the 2021-22 season. They now turn their attention to the championship season - starting with the B1G championship this weekend.

  • junior Delaney Rummell awaits a pitch at the plate. She went 2-for-4 with her second grand slam of the season in the third

    Illini Softball completes sweep of Rutgers

    In the Easter Sunday series finale, the Fighting Illini softball team secured their second-straight series sweep and tenth-straight victory, defeating Rutgers 9-1 at Rutgers Softball Complex.

  • first baseman and catcher Kellen Sarver swings at the plate on his way to a 3-for-4 day, with a home run, three RBI, and three runs scored.

    Illinois downs Illinois State in Tuesday night offensive battle

    The Fighting Illini defeated Illinois State on Tuesday evening at Illinois Field, 11-9. Kellen Sarver led the way at the plate for the Illini, going 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, and three runs scored.

  • Illini player slides head-first into home plate at the throw approaches the catcher.

    Illinois Baseball wins series finale, takes two of three at Iowa

    The Illini scored nine runs on nine hits to take the final game of the series and improve to 7-2 in the conference, the best start to Big Ten play since 2015.

  • Junior outfielder Kelly Ryono stands ready at the plate

    Illini Softball surges past Redbirds

    The Fighting Illini softball team recorded their second-straight run-rule midweek victory on Wednesday evening, defeating in-state rival Illinois State 11-3 in six innings behind a six-run fourth and five-run fifth inning.

  • Junior infielder Brody Harding stands on second base with hands raised after a successful double and RBI

    Illini Baseball sweeps Purdue, improves to 5-1 in B1G play

    The Fighting Illini baseball team finished off the series sweep of Purdue on Sunday afternoon at Illinois Field by taking down the Boilermakers, 11-8. 

  • illini batter at the plate against the Billikens

    Illini defeat Billikens in Tuesday evening matchup

    Illinois (15-12, 1-1 B1G) was led by senior Avrey Steiner, who added three hits and a run driven in, while freshman Stevie Meade extended her hitting streak to nine with a two-for-two night with an RBI.

  • Illini infielders huddle on the pitching mound

    Illini defeat Purdue, split weekend series

    The Illini jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first three innings and never looked back, beating Purdue 9-4. Up next: Illinois takes on Indiana State Wednesday evening, Mar. 30 at 5 p.m. CT at Eichelberger Field.

  • Game winning pitcher Crayton Burnett on the mound

    Illini Baseball scores 13 in win over Wheaton

    The Illini pitching staff held Wheaton to just five hits while the Illini offense registered 12 hits in the win. Cam McDonald kept his 16-game hitting streak alive. Branden Comia, Jacob Campbell, and Brody Harding each had multi-hit games.

  • Kofi Cockburn is hounded by two Chattanooga defenders as he looks to pass the ball

    Illini escape with a win in first round game against Chattanooga

    Illinois advances to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and will play Houston who advanced past UAB with an 82-68 win on Friday night. 

  • Illini catcher Jacob Campbell at bat

    Illini Baseball dominant in win over Butler

    The Fighting Illini took down Butler at Illinois Field Tuesday afternoon for their first home win of the season, 13-4. The Illini have now won three of the last four games and have scored 36 runs during that span.

  • graphic features team members with text, B1G Champs

    Comeback victory over Iowa secures championship

    Fifth-year seniors Trent Frazier and Da'Monte WIlliams were met with thousands of Illini fans storming the court after securing a share of the regular season Big Ten Title on Senior Night.

  • Kofi Cockburn looks fierce as he celebrates on court

    Williams leads Illini to victory over Nittany Lions

    Illinois went down to the wire for the second time this week, this time against Penn State in the second to last game of the regular season. Their victory secures a top-3 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, their third-straight year with a double-bye.