March 28, 2010
Illinois State 53, Illinois 51
WNIT Quarterfinal Postgame Notes
March 28, 2010
Redbird Arena; Normal, Ill.
Jenna Smith finished her Illinois career as the all-time leader in points (2,160), rebounds (1,217), blocks (231), field goals attempted (1,639), double-doubles (53), games started (121) and minutes played (4,561). She is second all-time at Illinois in field goals made (811), free throws made (488) and games played (130), and finishes fifth on the UI career free throw percentage list (.811).
Smith also finished her collegiate career ranked second in Big Ten history in rebounds (1,217), ninth in blocks (231), 10th in points (2,160) and 10th in field goals made (811).
Smith set several single-season records her senior year, including the Big Ten single-season rebounding record with 387 and the Illinois double-doubles record of 21. She also reset her own Illinois single-season blocks record (70) in 2009-10. Her free throw percentage of .884 this season ranks as the second-best total in school history and the sixth best in Big Ten history.
Lacey Simpson is the UI career steals record holder, ending her career with 368. That mark also ranks second in Big Ten history, trailing only Stacey Thomas' record of 372 steals set at Michigan from 1997-00.
At Illinois, Simpson also ranks first all-time in games played (135), second in games started (118), second in minutes played (4,165), second in blocks (163), third in assists (451), fourth in rebounds (900) and 17th in points (1,166).
Karisma Penn scored 13 points against ISU, moving into fourth on the UI freshman scoring list (369). She is also the freshman blocks record holder, with 57 this year.
Today marked head coach Jolette Law's 100th career game coaching at Illinois. She is 49-51 through three seasons.
With six blocked shots today, Illinois finishes the season with 206 total blocks. That total ties for the second-highest season blocks total in Big Ten history behind only the conference record of 211 set by the 2006-07 Michigan State Spartans.
Illinois finished the season winning six of its last eight games. The only losses during that stretch were to No. 10 Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament and on the road at Illinois State in the WNIT Quarterfinal.