Women's Basketball

Karisma Penn
Karisma Penn


Shaker Heights, Ohio

High School:
Shaker Heights



2011-12 - Junior: Shared team's Co-Defensive Player of the Year honor with Adrienne GodBold ... All-Big Ten third team selection ranked third in the Big Ten in blocks (2.1) and field goal percentage (.481), sixth in rebounds (7.3) and 15th in scoring (13.6) ... Scored a season-best 26 points against Memphis, contributing 13 rebounds for her first double-double of the year while also blocking three shots ... Earned second consecutive double-double at Oregon on Nov. 18 with 11 points and 10 rebounds to go with three blocks and two steals ... Totaled 20 points against RV/#18 Green Bay on Nov. 24 before adding 23 more against Arizona State the following day, recording her third double-double with 16 boards against the Sun Devils ... Notched her fourth double-double of the season against Clemson on Dec. 1, scoring 16 points and pulling down 14 rebounds to go along with a season-high four assists and three blocks ... Added her fifth double-double against Montana State on Dec. 19, providing 16 points and 11 boards, as well as five assists, three blocks and two steals during the 68-56 victory ... Tallied another double-double, her sixth of the year, during a 14-point, 12-rebound effort against Alabama A&M on Dec. 28, also tallying five blocks and two assists during the game ... Hit 9-of-17 field goals for a game-high 22 points against Michigan on Dec. 30, also tallying a game-high 11 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season ... Tied for a game-high with 20 points on 9-for-16 shooting from the field while pulling down nine boards, dishing out three assists and earning a pair of blocks and steals at Iowa on Jan. 5 ... Added her eighth double-double against Wisconsin on Jan. 8, scoring 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting while grabbing 12 rebounds ... Earned 15 points and eight rebounds at Northwestern on Jan. 16 ... Scored 13 points against #22/21 Penn State on Jan. 19, tying a season-high of five assists while setting a season-best with four steals ... Connected for 23 points on 10-of-19 shooting from the field, also grabbing six rebounds and dishing out four assists at #10/12 Ohio State on Jan. 22 ... One of four Illini in double-figures in 13 points on 5-for-11 shooting while grabbing a game-high seven rebounds, dishing out three assists and blocking two shots against Minnesota ... Scored 11 points, grabbed five boards abd blocked a pair of shots to help secure the one-point win over No. 10 Ohio State ... Led the Illini to a 61-60 victory at Indiana on Feb. 12, scoring 23 points on 7-of-19 shooting from the field and a 9-for-12 performance from the charity stripe, adding seven rebounds, six blocks and steals and four assists ... Ended her junior season with her 28th career double-double, contributing 10 points and 11 rebounds during the Big Ten Tournament First Round loss to Michigan on March 1, also totaling a team-leading three blocks and three assists in the contest.

2010-11 - Sophomore: Named second team All-Big Ten by the media and third team by the coaches ... Three-time Big Ten Player of the Week (Dec. 20, Jan. 3, Jan. 31) ... Broke the Illinois single-season blocks record (70) by recording 78 rejections during the 2010-11 season ... Played an started in all 32 games ... Led the team in scoring (17.5 ppg), rebounding (10.0 rpg), blocks (2.4 bpg), steals (1.9 stg) and FG percentage (.514) ... Ranked in the top-5 in the Big Ten in scoring (4th), rebounding (2nd), blocks (3rd) and FG percentage (4th) ... Had 18 double-doubles on the season, which was second in the Big Ten, 11th in the nation and tied for third on the UI single-season list ... Had the fourth-most rebounds in a season (320) in school history ... Named Team MVP and shared Best Defensive Player honors with Adrienne GodBold following the season ... Led the Illini to an upset of No. 3 seed Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal, tallying a game-high 19 points to go with 10 rebounds ... Scored a career-high 33 points on 14-of-21 shooting to go with 11 rebounds against #11 Michigan State on Feb. 20 ... Had 26 points and a career-best 18 rebounds against #25 Ohio State on Jan. 20 ... Had what was then a career-high 17 rebounds against Northwestern on Jan. 9 ... Named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on Jan. 3 after putting up 23 points, 10 rebounds and four steals while notching her 100th career block at #12 Michigan St. on Jan. 2 ... Produced a monster game of 20 points, 16 boards, a career-high six steals and five blocks in Big Ten opener against Minnesota on Dec. 30 ... Earned Big Ten Co-Player of the Week honors on Dec. 20 after totaling 16 points, 10 boards and a career-high seven blocks in the win over UIC at the United Center ... Had 24 points, 12 rebs, four assists, four blocks and three steals at Oakland on Dec. 8 ... Scored 24 points on 10-of-19 FGs and had 14 rebs against Ole Miss in Hawaii on Nov. 28 ... Poured in 30 points on 14-of-22 shooting to go with 10 rebounds vs. Cal Poly on Nov. 22 ... Opened season with 18 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks vs. Illinois State on Nov. 12.

2009-10 - Freshman: Played in all 34 games, starting 33 ... Averaged 10.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game ... Named to the the Big Ten All-Freshman Team ... Four-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Nov. 23, Dec. 7, Jan. 4 and March 1), tied for the most in the conference this season ... Broke the Illinois freshman blocks record with 57 ... Led the team with 13 points in the WNIT quarterfinal loss at Illinois State ... Had 17 points, nine rebounds and four blocks in the WNIT third round win at Missouri State on March 25 ... Had a big all-around game Feb. 28 at Northwestern, hitting 4-of-6 field goals for 10 points along with six rebounds, a career-high six assists, four blocks and three steals ... Scored 14 points against Purdue on Feb. 21, including a driving lay-up with 21 seconds left to give the Illini a 59-56 lead ... Led Illinois with 15 points and eight rebounds against Michigan on Jan. 28 ... Tied her career-high with 21 points against No. 5 Ohio State on Jan. 14, also adding eight rebounds while playing all 40 minutes for the first time in her career ... Scored the game-winning lay-up over Wisconsin as time expired on Jan. 3 and also contributed 10 points and eight rebounds in the Illini win over the Badgers to earn her third Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor ... Notched the first double-double of her career in the win over Penn State on Dec. 31 with 17 points and 11 rebounds, also blocking five shots ... Had an all-around game against Oakland on Dec. 19, scoring 14 points and grabbing nine rebounds while tying her career-high in blocks (5) ... Scored all of her 15 points at Wake Forest in the second half, including hitting 9-of-10 from the free throw line, to help the Illini to the comeback win and to earn her second conference Freshman of the Week honor ... Averaged 19.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.0 steals and 2.5 blocks per game in wins over Central Michigan (Nov. 18) and Bradley (Nov. 22) to earn her first Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor ... Scored a career-high 21 points against Bradley on Nov. 22, shooting 7-of-7 from the free throw line ... Played one of the best games of her career on Nov. 18 vs. Central Michigan, with 18 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks ... Scored a game-high 18 points and had four steals against Siena on Nov. 15, shooting 8-of-13 from the field ... Had 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks in her Illini debut at Temple on Nov. 13 ... Awarded the team's Most Courageous Award at the annual postseason awards banquet.

Ranked 17th nationally and as the No. 2 forward in the country by ESPN HoopGurlz ... Also ranked as the No. 70 player in the country by Blue Star ... WBCA Honorable Mention All-American ... Associated Press Division I first team All-State selection, Division I All-Ohio team and Northeast Lakes All-District Co-Player of the Year as a senior ... 2009 Lake Erie League Lake Division Co-Player of the Year and first-team All-League honoree ... 2009 McDonald's All-America Nominee and member of OGBR 2009 Dream Team ... Averaged 19.9 points, 12.6 rebounds, 3.8 blocks and 2.9 steals per game as a senior ... Averaged 19.4 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game as a junior to earn third team All-State and Lake Erie League MVP honors ... Scored over 1,000 points in her high school career despite missing her sophomore season because of an ACL injury ... Was special mention All-State as a freshman in 2006 ... Named first team All-Lake Erie League all four years ... Led team to LEL titles in 2007 and 2008 and sectional titles from 2006-09 ... High school coach was Don Readance ... Played for All-Ohio Black AAU team for coach Jay Bee ... Also lettered in volleyball at Shaker Heights ... Also considered Louisville and Rutgers before choosing Illinois.

Born May 31, 1991 ... Daughter of Charles and Grace Radford ... Has two brothers, Roderick and Chance, and two sisters, Tanicha and Jade ... Majoring in communication.