Women's Basketball

Erin Wigley
Erin Wigley


Moon Township, Pa.

High School:
Moon Area




2006-07 - Senior: Played in all 31 games, starting 10...Became the 20th Illini player to reach 1,000 career points with six points against Purdue in the regular season finale...Ended her career tied for 18th on the UI career scoring list with 1,023 career points, joining Susan Blauser...Finished her career ranked in the top-20 on six UI career lists: games played (T-3rd), blocked shots (T-11th), rebounds (14th), free throws made (17th), field goals made (17th) and points (19th)...Averaged 6.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in 22.5 minutes per game...Scored a season-high 15 points twice, 11/18 against Loyola and 1/14 at Wisconsin...Notched 13 points off the bench against Penn State on 12/28...Academic All-Big Ten selection.

2005-06 - Junior: Started all 31 games on the season • Named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten by the media • Ranked second on the team in scoring (11.2) and was third in rebounding (5.5), steals (36) and blocked shots (17) • Scored career-high 22 points in 25 minutes vs. Illinois State on Dec. 22 • Scored in double figures in 20 games and led the team in scoring eight times • Ranked in the top-20 in six different categories in Big Ten play (scoring, rebounding, def. rebounds, off. rebounds, free throw percentage and blocked shots) • Academic All-Big Ten selection.

2004-05 - Sophomore: Played in all 30 games, starting 22 at forward • Ranked third on the team in scoring (9.0) and rebounding (4.7) • Scored a career-high 19 points on 8-15 shooting vs. Bradley on 12/7/04 • Posted first career double-double vs. Penn State on 2/13/05 (14 pts., 10 rebs.) and later notched two more vs. IPFW on 2/22/05 (11 pts., 10 rebs.) and vs. Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament (10 points, career-high 11 rebs.) • Scored in double figures 12 times on the season, including the last six games and seven of the last eight • Academic All-Big Ten selection.

2003-04 - Freshman: Averaged 7.3 points and 4.5 rebounds as frontcourt mate of all-time Illinois rebounding record-holder Cindy Dallas • Hit a career-best 7 of 10 shots vs. Mississippi State en route to a career-high 16 points • Averaged 26.4 minutes per game • Shot a solid .432 from the field, and was 4-for-9 behind the arc (.444) • Hit two three-pointers as part of her 15 points vs. Northwestern • Twice had six offensive rebounds - vs. Illinois State (12/6/03) and vs. Iowa (2/29/04) • Had a career-high four steals at UCLA on 11/30/03 • Blocked a career-high four shots at Oklahoma on 12/28/03 • Dished out a career-high four assists vs. Michigan on 2/1/04.

Ranked at the 78th best senior in the country by Blue Star Report • Associated Press AAA State Player of the Year as a senior • Two-time First Team state performer. • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Player of the Year twice • Two-time Tribune Review AAA Player of the Year • WPIAL AAA Player of the Year as a freshman • Three-time First Team All-Section performer • Adidas All-American • NIKE All-American. • Two-time Honorable Mention All-American by Street's and Smith's • McDonald's Honorable Mention All-American. • AAA Section II Player of the Year as a junior. • As a junior, led Moon to its first WPIAL Class AAA Championship and a school-record 26 victories. • Participated in the 2002 USA Basketball Women's Youth Development Festival East Team in Colorado Springs, Colo. • Finished career with 1,797 points and 797 rebounds, both are second best in school history • Coached by Tom Szczepankowski. • Played for Western Pennsylvania Bruins (1996, '97 and '98) and Pittsburgh Power (1999, '00, '01) club teams. • Club coaches were Joe Costa (Bruins) and Tom Szczepanowski (Power).

Born Aug. 10, 1985 • Daughter of Warren and Myrna Wigley, who both work in the airline business • Siblings are Maurice (33) and Toye (29) Wigley • Enjoys cooking, shoe shopping and watching movies • Member of Women's Achievement Club (named Student of the Season in Fall 2002) and SADD • Four-year honor student • Received the Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Senatorial Citation of Athletic Excellence • Plans on majoring in sports management with a minor in business.

Getting to know Erin...


...athlete: Serena Williams
...sports team: Pittsburgh Steelers
...movie: Life, Ocean's 11 and 12
...sports movie: Love & Basketball and Remember the Titans
...movie quote: "You're over cookin' my grits coach"
- Remember the Titans
...TV show: Fresh Prince of Bel-aire, America's Next Top Model
...singers: Usher, Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill
...book: Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham

I chose Illinois because:
Illinois offers the best in academics and athletics. It fit everything I was looking for in a school. I love the university, facilities, coaches, team and everything else Illini. I wanted to be somewhere that I could contribute, and I found it in Illinois.

My favorite place on campus is:
The Quad

My best memory as an Illini is:
The excitement of playing in my first Big Ten game.

Favorite Coach Grentz quote:
"if you're tired...get untired."

What I've learned from Coach Grentz...
Presentation is Key

Plans after Illinois:
continue playing and/or start a career in sport management

Which of your teammates is...?
...the funniest? Audrey Tabon because she is so random and dead honest.
...the best dressed? Chelsea Gordon because she wears sweatpants the least out of the whole team.
...the smartest? Lori Bjork because i heard she skipped all of middle school because she was so advanced.

Biggest Sports Thrill:
Travelling to Australia to compete with the Big Ten

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

At what age did you start playing ball?

Met any famous people?
my cousin Roy Williams of Dallas Cowboys

Three words that describe my play are:
aggressive, competitive, intense