Three Illini top 20-point mark in 104-69 blowout in Bloomington - 2/14/99
After a high-scoring first half, the Illinois (15-9, 9-5) women's basketball team continued to pour it on in the second stanza as Indiana (13-15, 2-12) tailed off and was destroyed, 104-69, on Sunday in Bloomington, Indiana.
The scoring output was the highest point total in a Big Ten game in Illinois history, as three Illini topped the 20-point mark.
Both teams shot well in the first half, as Illinois would lead by as many as 14 points before the Hoosiers would cut the deficit to 50-41 at the break.
The second half was all Illinois, as the Illini opened the half on a 15-2 run to build a 65-43 lead at the 14:40 mark. The Orange and Blue defense held Indiana to only five points in the first ten minutes of the second half, as the Illini lead would balloon to 83-51 at the 6:45 mark. With 1:10 on the clock, Holly Wilson made a jumper to crack the century mark and reserve Sarah Wustrack hit her second three-pointer of the day just seconds later to make it 103-69. Allison Curtin hit a free throw to set the final score at 104-69.
The Illini shot 48 percent in the game while holding Indiana to 36 percent, including a frigid 30 percent in the second half alone. The Hoosiers were held to only eight second half field goals, as Illinois outscored the hosts 54-28 in the second half. The Illini dominated the boards, 51-38, and also forced 26 Indiana turnovers on the day.
Three UI players topped the 20-point mark, as Curtin scored a career-high 23 points, including 12-14 from the free throw line, to lead the Illini. Alicia Sheeler added 20 points and 14 rebounds and Tauja Catchings scored 20 points, with nine boards and six steals. Melissa Parker also had 12 points, while Wustrack scored the first points of her Illini career and finished with seven points and two treys in just four minutes of play.
With just two games remaining in the regular season, the Illini are in sole possession of third place in the conference and travel to Wisconsin on Friday, Feb. 19, for a 7 p.m. tipoff before ending the regular season at home against Iowa on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m.