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    Illini Narrowly Fall to No. 15 Texas Tech, 70-64
    Coach Jolette Law talks to the Illini in the huddle at the United Center.

    Coach Jolette Law talks to the Illini in the huddle at the United Center.

    Dec. 17, 2011

    Box Score | Printable ILL-Texas Tech Box Score

    CHICAGO (AP) - Sophomore Amber Moore led four Illini in double-figures, but it wasn't enough as Illinois upset bid against No. 15 Texas Tech fell short Saturday afternoon at the United Center.

    Illinois trailed by just four at the break, 27-23, despite shooting 19.4 percent, thanks to stout defense and 13 offensive rebounds. The Illini stayed within striking distance for most of the second half and pulled within four, 55-51, after back-to-back threes by Moore with 4:13 left. However, that would be as close as illinois (4-6) would get.

    In addition to Moore's 15 points, freshman Ivory Crawford added 14 points, junior Karisma Penn scored 12 points and sophomore Alexis Burke had 11 for the Illini, who shot 34 percent for the game.

    Christine Hyde scored 18 points to lead Texas Tech (9-0). The Lady Raiders made 25 of 35 free throws to hang on and remain undefeated.

    The Illini will now travel to Las Vegas for Holiday Hoops Classic on Dec. 19-20. They'll face Montana State on Monday, Dec. 19, at 3 pm CT, before battling Dayton on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 3 pm CT.

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