Sophomore Amber Moore goes for 31 in 69-57 victory over Northwestern
Illini to honor four seniors before 6:30 p.m. game with the Wildcats
Basketball has been instrumental in the growth of Illini senior
Illini face Buckeyes in Play 4Kay Pink Game
Illini searching for third win in four games
Photos from Illinois postseason awards banquet on March 29, 2009 at the i Hotel in Champaign.
2011-12 - Senior: Named Academic All-Big Ten ... Played in 28 contests, making one start while averaging 9.7 minutes per game ... Scored a then-season-high six points at California on Nov. 20, also grabbing two rebounds in 18 minutes of action ... Distributed three assists, a season-high, at Illinois State on Dec. 7, also connecting on a field to contribute two points while pulling down two rebounds in 16 minutes on the floor ... Played nine minutes off the bench against Alabama A&M on Dec. 28, scoring two points, grabbing two rebounds and dishing out a pair of assists during the 18-point blowout victory ... Came off the bench to score three points on a field goal and a free throw, blocking one shot as well as Northwestern on Jan. 16 ... Grabbed three rebounds, dished out two assists and earned a steal in nine minutes against #21/22 Penn State on Jan. 19 ... Scored five points on 2-of-2 shooting from the field while connecting on her only free throw in 14 minutes of action at Michigan State on Jan. 26 ... Tallied seven points and five rebounds - both season-bests - at #15/17 Purdue on Feb. 5, also dishing out two assists and blocking a shot in 22 minutes on the floor ... Started against Northwestern on Feb. 20 during senior night, playing a season-high 26 minutes while contributing four points, an assist, one steal and a rebound ... Finished her career against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament with 10 minutes of action during the first round on March 1.
2010-11 - Junior: Started all 32 games, averaging 5.6 points and 3.0 rebounds in 24.1 minutes per game ... Named the team's Most Improved Player following the season ... Shot 40 percent from three-point range on the season (18-of-45), and hit 52 percent of her shots behind the arc in the final 10 games (12-of-23) ... Hit 4-of-6 field goals, including a career-high three threes, to total 11 points in Illinois' first round Big Ten Tournament upset of Wisconsin during the Big Ten Tournament ... Had 11 points, five rebounds and a career-high five assists at Purdue on Feb. 13 ... Had a career game at Northwestern on Feb. 3, draining 9-of-14 field goals for a career-high 22 points, also adding a career-high a career-high three steals ... Set a career-high in blocks with three at Wisconsin on Jan. 23 ... Had 13 points against Minnesota on Dec. 30 ... Pulled down a career-best eight rebounds to go with seven points, two steals and two assists in a career-high 40 minutes on Dec. 28 against Cal ... Tallied eight points and six rebounds against Long Beach State on Nov. 26 ... Had a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds in the exhibition win over Kentucky Wesleyan on Nov. 9.
2009-10 - Sophomore: Played in 23 games on the season, including one start against Michigan on Jan. 28 ... Averaged 0.8 points and 0.7 rebounds per game ... Made two free throws and got a steal against Northwestern on Feb. 11 ... Contributed three points and two rebounds in four minutes at Wisconsin on Jan. 17 ... Grabbed a season-high three rebounds in 10 minutes against Oakland on Dec. 19 ... Scored four points in five minutes against Central Michigan on Nov. 18 ... Scored a season-high seven points and was 3-of-4 from the field against Siena on Nov. 15, also grabbing three rebounds in a season-high 16 minutes.
2008-09 - Freshman: Played in 28 games, making one start against Bradley on Dec. 6 ... Provided valuable minutes on the bench as the only back-up to posts Jenna Smith and Lacey Simpson ... Played a career-high 26 minutes on Dec. 4 against Virginia, pulling down a career-high seven rebounds and scoring six points ... Scored a career-high eight points in seven minutes on Nov. 26 against Montana in the Cancun Caribbean Challenge opener, going a perfect 4-of-4 from the field ... Made the first field goal of her career on Nov. 19 against Missouri ... Pulled down five rebounds and scored her first career point in her Illinois debut on Nov. 14 at IPFW.
Scored 1,260 career points for Wheeling High School ... Helped lead the Wildcats to a 104-21 record in her four years as a starter ... Averaged 13.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game as a senior and 13.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.0 blocks per game as a junior ... Earned All-State honors by the Champaign News-Gazette as a junior and senior ... Three-time All-Area and Mid-Suburban East All-Conference selection ... High school coach was Shelly Wiegel ... Played for Full Package on the AAU circuit ... Also considered Iowa, Wisconsin, Northwestern and Miami (Fla.).
Born Sept. 11, 1989 ... Majoring in psychology ... Daughter of Davor and Mirella Rukavina ... Has three brothers and one sister ... Brother, Dan, played basketball at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. ... Hobbies include traveling, reading and swimming ... Lists Kevin Garnett as her favorite athlete because he came from nothing and achieved everything ... Says her dad most influenced her athletic career.