March 4, 2011
Illinois 55, Michigan 47
Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal Postgame Notes
March 4, 2011
Conseco Fieldhouse; Indianapolis, Ind.
Session Two Attendance: 6,390
1. Illinois made history with the win, becoming the first 11 seed to make the semifinals in Big Ten Tournament history. It is the Illini's sixth-ever trip to the semis and the second time they have reached Saturday in the last four years. The Orange and Blue most recently made a run to the title game in 2008.
2. The Illini improved to 7-3 in the Big Ten Tournament over the last four seasons while playing as the underdog in every contest. They also moved above .500 all-time in the conference tourney with a 17-16 overall record.
3. The Orange and Blue played Michigan for the second time in just five days and avenged the season sweep by UM while also snapping a five-game losing streak against the Wolverines.
4. Illinois never trailed for the second game in a row and held its biggest advantage over a Big Ten team this season with a 50-26 advantage in the second half. After finishing the regular season on a 12-game losing streak, the Illini have not trailed in 80 minutes of tournament play.
5. The Illini defense held the Big Ten's leading three-point shooting squad in check, holding the Wolverines to 19.2 percent (5-of-26) from beyond the arc. During the regular season UM led the conference in threes made per game was third in 3FG percentage.
6. Sophomore Karisma Penn tallied her Big Ten-leading 17th double-double of the season with a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds. Penn finished the afternoon 7-of-11 from the field and also dished out a team-high four assists for the second game in a row.
7. Freshman Amber Moore's four three-pointers gave her 60 career makes from distance, breaking Mandy Cunningham's Illinois freshman record for three-point field goals made (57) while also moving her into the top-five on the UI single-season list. Moore also reached double digits with 14 points, all coming in the first half.
8. Sophomore Adrienne GodBold joined Penn and Moore in double figures, scoring 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting off the bench.
9. Illinois jumped out to a quick start for the second-straight day, taking a 15-4 lead following the tip. In two tournament games, Illinois has outscored its opponents 38-12 over the first seven minutes of play.
10. The Illini closed out the first half on fire, exploding for a 16-0 run over the final 7:06 to head into the break ahead 37-16, the squad's largest halftime lead over a Big Ten opponent this season. The 16 points marks the fewest allowed in a half by the Illini this year. Illinois' extended the lead as high as 24 in the second half, the largest lead over a Big Ten foe this season.
11. Illinois freshman Centrese McGee missed the second half after having an allergic reaction to medication. McGee played 16 minutes in the first have and had two points, five rebounds and two steals. She is expected to play in Saturday's semifinal.
12. Illinois will face No. 2 seed Penn State in Saturday's first semifinal at 5 pm ET/4 CT. Penn State swept the season series with an 83-62 win in University Park, Pa., and a buzzer-beating 67-65 win at Assembly Hall.