Women's Basketball


Janelle Hughes
Janelle Hughes
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Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Country Club Hills, Ill.

High School:
Hillcrest

Height:
5-8

Position:
Guard

Birthdate:
08/30/1984

QUICK HITS

• Was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by both the media and coaches as a senior
• Twice scored a career-high 22 points (at Bradley on Dec. 5 and Rhode Island on Jan. 5)
• Scored double figures in 23 of 31 games
• Ranked 14th in Big Ten scoring for all games at 12.9 points per game
• Had a streak of 12 straight games in double digits from Nov. 29-Jan. 15
• Came off the bench at Northwestern to score 21 points on 9 for 17 shooting and dish out six assists
• Named the team's Most Valuable Player

AT ILLINOIS

2005-06 - Senior: Played in all 31 games, starting 30 at the shooting guard posisiton • Was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by both the media and coaches • Twice scored a career-high 22 points (at Bradley on Dec. 5 and Rhode Island on Jan. 5) • Scored double figures in 23 of 31 games and led the Illini in scoring a team-high 14 times • Ranked 14th in Big Ten scoring for all games at 12.9 points per game • Had a streak of 12 straight games in double digits from Nov. 29-Jan. 15 • Came off the bench at Northwestern to score 21 points on 9 for 17 shooting and dish out six assists • Finished career ranked ninth on the Illinois three-point field goals list with 78 • Her 44 made threes in 2005-06 rank ninth on the UI single-season list • Named the team's Most Valuable Player.

2004-05 - Junior: Played in 29 games off the bench • Scored double-figures 12 times on the season, including a career-best 21 points vs. Northwestern on 2/16/05 • Hit 9-13 shots in the game, including 3-4 from behind the arc • Dished out a career-best seven assists in Illinois upset win over No. 16 UCLA on 12/19/04 • Three-point FG percentage of .396 (21-53) was the sixth best single season mark in UI history.

2003-04 - Sophomore: Scored a season-high 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including 2-of-2 3-point shooting, against Pepperdine on 12/14/03 • Tied her career high of four rebounds in three consecutive games at Purdue (2/19), at Ohio State (2/22) and vs. Wisconsin (2/26) • Saw a career-high 36 minutes of action at Ohio State, one of her two season starts • Also started vs. Wisconsin.

2002-03 - Freshman: Saw action in 25 games during her rookie season with the Illini • Scored her first career point at Illinois State on 12/1/02 • Cracked the starting line-up vs. Ohio State on 2/19/03 and responded with 11 points on 5-8 shooting. She would start the final four regular season games for Illinois • Poured in a career high 17 points at Michigan St. on 2/24/03 in her second career start.• Hit the game winning shot with 2.5 seconds left to lift the Illini to a 60-58 win over Northwestern on 2/27/03. • Posted 19 assists and 12 steals.

HIGH SCHOOL

Ranked the 52nd senior in the country by Blue Star Report • Helped Hillcrest High School to the sectional finals in 2002 • As a senior, averaged 21 points, 5.4 steals, six rebounds and four assists per game • Led Hillcrest to the Sweet 16 in 2001 • Named All-SICA Conference three times • Named to Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune all-state teams • Named Second Team All-State by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association as a junior • As a junior, averaged 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 4.9 steals per game • Named MVP of the Bolingbrook Tournament and the Hillcrest Holiday Classic • Honorable mention all-conference as a freshman • Named Player of the Year by Star Publications • Named one of 100 finalists for the McDonald's All-America game • High School Coach was John Maniatis • Also played five years with the Blue Island Lady Rockets and two years for Chicago Hoops Express (coached by Jerald Davis).

PERSONAL

Born Aug. 30, 1984 • Daughter of Mary Hughes and Darrell and Andrea Hughes • Brother Marlon (28), played basketball at Colorado • Enjoys watching movies, going to the mall and relaxing at home • Majoring in rhetoric.

Getting to know Janelle...
Nickname:
J, JJ, Hot Sauce

Favorite...
...athlete: Muhammed Ali
...sports team: Miami Heat
...movie: The Beach
...sports movie: Remember the Titans
...movie quote: "Paradise is not a place you go, it's how you feel for a moment in time, and when you get there it'll last forever." - The Beach
...TV shows: Family Guy, Seinfeld
...bands: To many to decide
...book: Lord of the Flies

Which of your teammates is...?
...the funniest?
Audrey, because she doesn't have to try.
...the best dressed? Chelsea, she's just snazzy all the time.
...the smartest? Lori, she is a freshman but is probably actually a junior already academically

I chose Illinois because:
Overall, Illinois had more benefits than any other school in the Big Ten and the location and pepole are great.

My favorite place on campus is:
Ubben - the practice facility

My best memory as an Illini is:
Going to the NCAA Tournament my freshman year

Favorite quote by a teammate:
"Who are you and what is you purpose?" - Audrey and Brit

Favorite Coach Grentz quote:
"You've got more talent in your little pinky than some people have in their whole body."

What I've learned from Coach Grentz...
Hard work really does pay off.

Plans after Illinois:
Continue living the life I've dreamed of.

Biggest Sports Thrill:
Hitting the game winning shot

Excluding your teammates, who is your favorite Illini athlete?
Dee Brown (men's basketball)

At what age did you start playing ball?
Eight

Met any famous people?
DMX, Ja Rule, Ying Yang Twins

I have been told I look like:
My brother, Cortez

Three words that describe my play are:
Coachable, profound, unselfish

YearG-GSMIN-AvgFGM-A/%3PM-A/%FTM-A/%REB/AvgPF-DQATOBSPTS/Avg
02-0325-5309/12.435-82/.4278-19/.42121-25/.84026/1.024-0193241299/4.0
03-0428-2410/14.629-94/.3095-23/.2177-14/.50047/1.723-0283351870/2.5
04-0529-0493/17.080-186/.43021-53/.39623-37/.62247/1.636-04241224204/7.0
05-0631-30922/29.7158-390/.40544-134/.32840-56/.71484/2.756-070731047400/12.9
TOTAL113-372134/18.9302-752/.40278-229/.34191-132/.689204/1.8139-015917921101773/6.8
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