Crawford Scores 1,000th Point in Senior Day Loss
March 2, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Amber Moore scored a team-high 14 points in her final game at State Farm Center and junior Ivory Crawford crossed the 1,000-point mark for her career with 10 points, but the Illini fell to No. 25 Iowa 81-56 on Sunday. The Hawkeyes out-shot Illinois 56 percent to 38 and made 11-of-27 (40.7 percent) of their three-pointers, while the Illini made just 7-of-21 (33 percent).
"Give Iowa a lot of credit, they were better than us today," Illinois head coach Matt Bollant said. "They moved and shot the basketball really well. They did a lot of good things in the offensive end with their 20 assists on 27 (made) shots.
"First half, we looked tentatively offensively. We're trying to teach them to be patient, but we lost our aggressiveness in trying to be patient and aggressive at the same time. I thought we did a better job in the second half of sharing the basketball and we looked better offensively.
Illinois (9-20 overall, 2-14 in the Big Ten) faces the same Hawkeye (23-7, 11-5) squad Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, at approximately 1:30 p.m. CT. The Illini are the No. 12 seed, while Iowa enters the tournament as the No. 5 seed. It is the second game of the day, following No. 8 Ohio State versus No. 9 Northwestern at 11 a.m. CT.
Crawford posted her second-straight double-double and third this season, grabbing 10 rebounds - six on the offensive end - to go with her 10 points. And freshman forward Jacqui Grant returned after missing six games with mononucleosis, scoring seven points in 20 minutes.
Iowa started hot, making 7-of-13 from the floor, while holding Illinois to 3-of-12 shooting in the first 10 minutes of the game as the Hawkeyes led 19-9. After an Iowa three pushed the margin to 13, the Illini scored six of the next eight points to pull within 24-15. But Iowa went on a 13-3 run and led by as many as 20 in the first half before Jacqui Grant hit a jumper with 40 seconds left to pull Illinois within 40-22 at halftime.
The Hawkeyes kept rolling to start the second half, using a 23-3 run to turn a 15-point game into a 35-point margin with 10 minutes to go. Illinois missed 10-of-11 shots and turned it over five times in a span of 7:15 that salted the game away for the Hawks.
With 3:41 left in the game, Crawford made a lay-up off an inbounds play for her sixth and seventh points of the game, pushing her over 1,000 in her career. But the Illini couldn't pull any closer than 25 as Iowa won, 81-56.