Lydia McCully finishes her career fifth on Illinois' all-time career assist list.
Junior forward Karisma Penn (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights H.S.) shared the Co-Defensive Player of the Year honor with GodBold. Penn earned Third Team All-Big Ten accolades after ranking third in blocked shots (2.1), fourth in field-goal percentage (.486), sixth in rebounding (7.2) and 15th in scoring (13.4) in the conference. She is steadily moving up several Illinois career statistical categories, ranking second in blocked shots (199), 10th in rebounds (726) and 14th in scoring (1,332) in Illinois history. She scored a season-high 26 points in a victory over Memphis and had 23-point games at Ohio State and Indiana. In that win over the Hoosiers, Penn also tallied six blocks and six steals.
Sophomore Kersten Magrum (Mokena, Ill./Lincoln-Way East H.S.) and freshman Ivory Crawford (Chicago, Ill./Proviso East H.S.) were named Co-Most Courageous. Magrum missed most of the 2010-11 season with a stress fracture in her right foot then was sidelined for much of the Big Ten season this year, battling concussion symptoms. She ranked second on the team in both scoring (11.4 ppg) and rebounding (5.9 rpg) and led the club with an 81.7 free-throw percentage (67-82). Magrum had four 20-point scoring games, including a season-high 24 points and 12 rebounds vs. Oregon. Crawford started 23 games in her freshman campaign, averaging 6.6 points per game and tallying 28 assists and 29 steals. She had 16 points and seven rebounds in a 66-56 win at Illinois State on Dec. 7 and 15 points in a 68-56 victory over Montana State on Dec. 19. Crawford had her first career double-double with 12 points and 10 points against Nebraska on Jan. 29.
Sophomore Amber Moore (Detroit, Mich./Country Day H.S.) earned the Coaches Award and the Ralf Wood Free Throw Award, which honors the top Illinois free-throw shooter in Big Ten play. Moore started 29 games, averaging 9.3 points per game. She ranked ninth in the Big Ten with 54 three-pointers. In just two seasons, Moore is up to fifth on the school's all-time career three-point list with 121. She exploded for a career-best 31 points in a late-season 69-57 victory over Northwestern on Feb. 20. In that game, Moore was 10-for-14 from the field and 5-of-7 from three-point range. She shot 82.6 percent from the line in Big Ten play.
Senior Lydia McCully (Bedford Heights, Ohio/Bedford H.S.) earned the Iron Woman Award. She ranked third in the Big Ten in minutes played (36.3) and averaged 6.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game. A four-year starter, McCully finished her career ranked fifth in school history in career assists with 384. She played 40 minutes, scored 12 points and dished out five assists in a 66-65 victory over No. 10 Ohio State.
Sophomore guard Centrese McGee (Calumet City/Thornton Fractional North H.S.) was named Most Inspirational. McGee started all 32 games as a true freshman in 2010-11, but missed this season recovering from a torn ACL.
Sophomore forward Alexis Burke (Bainbridge, Ga./Bainbridge H.S.) was named Most Improved. Burke started 12 games, raising her scoring average from 4.5 points per game in 2010-11 to 6.9 this season. She added 87 rebounds, 12 assists, 12 blocks and 18 steals on the year. Burke scored a career-high 26 points in just 20 minutes of action in a 61-50 victory over Clemson on Dec. 1 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
Illinois' Career 3-Point Field Goals Made List
Made 3PT FG Player Years 1. 214 Lori Bjork 2005-08 2. 194 Krista Reinking 1994-98 3. 168 Mandy Cunningham 1990-94 4. 133 Melissa Parker 1996-00 5. 121 Amber Moore 2009-
Illinois' Season 3-Point Field Goals Made List
Made 3PT FG Player Year 1. 84 Lori Bjork 2006-07 2. 77 Lori Bjork 2007-08 3. 74 Krista Reinking 1995-96 4. 66 Melissa Parker 1998-99 5. 65 Amber Moore 2010-11 6. 57 Mandy Cunningham 1990-91 7. 54 Amber Moore 2011-12 8. 53 Lori Bjork 2005-06 9. 52 Aminata Yanni 2002-03 10. 48 Katie Coleman 1996-97
Illinois' Career Assists List
Assists Player Years 1. 550 Jill Estey 1989-93 2. 507 Jenny Johnson 1984-88 3. 451 Lacey Simpson 2005-10 4. 391 Michelle Vossen 1980-84 5. 384 Lydia McCully 2008-
Magrum scored in double figures in seven straight games, raising her season scoring average from 10.9 to 11.8. That includes a 19-point output against Alabama A&M and an 18-point game against Purdue.
Magrum then missed six contests as her symptoms returned, but returned to the floor at Wisconsin, scoring seven points and grabbing four rebounds. After starting 15 games and averaging 4.3 points per contest as a freshman in 2009,
Magrum missed all but three games last season with a stress fracture in her right foot. She had a career-best 24-point, 12-rebound performance against the Ducks on Nov. 18. Magrum also has a pair of double-doubles through the first 13 games, tallying 10 points and 10 rebounds against Memphis in additon to her numbers vs. Oregon.
Illinois' Career Scoring List
Points Player Years 1. 2,160 Jenna Smith 2006-10 2. 2,089 Ashley Berggren 1994-98 3. 1,984 Jonelle Polk 1983-87 4. 1,906 Lisa Robinson 1978-82 5. 1,639 Angelina Williams 2001-05 6. 1,536 Mandy Cunningham 1990-94 7. 1,529 Allison Curtin 1998-01 8. 1,526 Kendra Gantt 1981-85 9. 1,516 Sarah Sharp 1987-91 10. 1,502 Tauja Catchings 1996-00 11. 1,382 Tiffanie Guthrie 2001-05 12. 1,373 Kris Dupps 1991-95 13. 1,346 Cindy Dallas 1998-04 14. 1,332 Karisma Penn 2009-
Illinois' Career Rebounding List
Rebs. Player Years 1. 1,217 Jenna Smith 2006-10 2. 1,014 Cindy Dallas 1998-04 3. 933 Jonelle Polk 1983-87 4. 900 Lacey Simpson 2005-10 5. 896 Lynnette Robinson 1978-82 6. 825 Tauja Catchings 1997-00 7. 823 Kris Dupps 1991-95 8. 803 Kendra Gantt 1981-85 9. 779 Ashley Berggren 1994-98 10. 726 Karisma Penn 2009-
Illinois' Career Blocked Shots List
Blocks Player Years 1. 231 Jenna Smith 2006-10 2. 199 Karisma Penn 2009- 3. 163 Lacey Simpson 2005-10
Penn helped Illinois to wins over No. 10 Ohio State and Indiana, while averaging 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.0 blocks, 4.0 steals and 3.0 assists on the week. She poured in 23 points and chipped in seven rebounds, six blocks and six steals in the win over the Hoosiers, playing all 40 minutes and 11 points, five rebounds, two blocks and two steals in the upset of Ohio State. This is Penn's fourth career Big Ten Player of the Week honor.
In the last 11 games of the regular season, GodBold scored 150 points and raised her season average from 5.9 to 9.5 points per game. GodBold averaged 11.8 points per game and leads the team with 37 steals during Big Ten play.
GodBold had a career-best 25 points vs. Purdue on Feb. 5, making 7-of-10 field goals, including 5-of-6 from the three-point arc. Adding an 8-for-9 performance against Minnesota on Feb. 2 and an 8-for-12 out put against No. 10 Ohio State gives GodBold a 76.6 perent field-goal percentage in her last three games.
She scored at least 16 points in 5-of-7 games from Jan. 19-Feb. 9 with 19 vs. Penn State, 18 points against Ohio State and Minnesota and 25 vs. Purdue. In one of the games in between, GodBold had nine points and 11 rebounds in the victory at Michigan State.
GodBold finished the season by scoring 23 points on 10 of 16 shooting and tallying four steals vs. Wisconsin
GodBold's numbers in the last 11 games were a 56.4 percent field-goal percentage (62-of-110), 79.5 percent from the free-throw line (31-of-39), 165 points (15.0 ppg), 59 rebounds (5.4 rpg), 21 assists, 7 blocks, and 31 steals (2.7 spg).
GodBold has moved into sixth in the Big Ten in steals during conference play after amassing 24 steals combined in the last five games.
Illinois' last two games have been won by shots in the final seconds. The Illini battled back from 12 points down in the second half to defeat No. 10 Ohio State. Alexis Burke drove in for the game-winning basket with 3.2 seconds remaining.
Against Indiana, the Illini led by eight points with nine minutes to play only to see the Hoosiers go ahead by four points. Illinois needed scores on the final two possessions to win, 61-60. First Adrienne GodBold put in a rebound basket, was fouled and converted a free throw with 43 seconds remaining, then Lydia McCully scored on a rebound basket with 0.6 seconds remaning for the win.
Victories over Michigan State and Minnesota followed a similar formula, build a big lead and then make big plays at the end. Illinois led Michigan State 35-21 at halftime, withstood a 21-2 Spartan run at the start of the second half, and made big plays down the stretch and in overtime to post a 71-62 victory.
Against Minnesota, the Illini scored the first five points of the second half to take a 38-23 lead only to see Minnesota come back. After exchanging leads down the stretch, Illinois broke a 67-67 tie by scoring the final five points of the game.
Against Northwestern on Jan. 16, Illinois' Amber Moore hit a three-pointer with 12 seconds remaining to tie the score. During the ensuing play, the Illini were called for a foul on Northwestern's Karly Roser, who made the second of two free throws to give Northwestern a 59-58 victory.
On Jan. 8, Wisconsin earned a narrow 70-67 victory after the Illini led for most of the game, including at 57-51. Illinois missed a last-second three-pointer that would have tied the game.
Prior to that contest, the Illini were victimized by a pair of late three-pointers. On Jan. 5 against Iowa, the Hawkeyes hadn't made a three-pointer all game, but got a trey from Kamille Wahlin with 10.9 seconds left to tie the score and send it to overtime. The Illini, who didn't trail for the last 23 minutes of regulation, fell 69-62 in overtime.
On Jan. 2, No. 20 Purdue needed a buzzer-beating Courtney Moses three-point shot to down the Illini, 64-63 at the Assembly Hall. Freshman Ivory Crawford hit two free throws with 25 seconds left to give the Illini a 62-61 lead and senior Lydia McCully made 1 of 2 from the charity stripe to make it a 63-61 lead with seven seconds remaining and force the desperation three.
After playing back-and-forth basketball over an 11-minute stretch in the second half, Illinois last led at Oregon, 72-71, before the Ducks scored a pair of free-throws for a one-point lead with 1:51 left. Oregon never led by more than three over the last two minutes, while Illinois got within one on a tip-in by Karisma Penn with 28 seconds remaining.
In the final contest of the San Juan Shootout, the Illini and Sun Devils competed in a back-and-forth contest throughout the majority of the game. With Illinois leading by one and time winding down, Arizona State needed a turn-around jumper with the defense in its face to secure the win, 51-50.
Last season, Illinois had five losses in which the opponent made a shot in the final 10 seconds with the game tied or Illinois leading - at Oakland (62-61), vs. Northwestern (69-66), vs. Penn State (67-65), at Northwestern (79-78) and vs. Michigan (58-55).
Samaritan's Feet, based in Charlotte, N.C., is a humanitarian non-profit relief organization dedicated to taking a life-changing message of hope and equipping the feet of impoverished children in the United States and around the world with shoes. The focus is on children from Africa, South America, the Caribbean and the U.S.
The concept of asking coaches to coach barefoot began in 2007 when IUPUI coach Ron Hunter was asked to do so. Over 140,000 pairs of shoes and $30,000 were donated in just six weeks. This year, Law will be joining more than 1,000 coaches by going barefoot during a game to use her platform as coaches to help Samaritan's Feet reach the goal of distributing 10 million pairs of shoes to 10 million people in 10 years.
McGee started all 32 games for the Fighting Illini during her freshman campaign, averaging 5.7 points per game and ranking second on the team in rebounding at 5.3 per contest. She led all Big Ten freshmen in rebounding while ranking second among those first-year players in steals (1.2 per game). Following the season, she received the Coaches' Award at the team's annual banquet and was Illinois' representative on the Big Ten Sportsmanship Team.
Piper committed to Illinois in June following Elite Camp after considering Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa State and Iowa among others. Piper averaged 11.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game and shot 41 percent from the field in helping Iowa City West to the championship game of the Class 4A state tournament last season. The three-star recruit also played for All Iowa Attack and is ranked as the 59th best guard in the class by HoopGurlz.
Moore committed to Illinois in October after also considering Notre Dame, Auburn and Wisconsin. She is the second player from the highly successful Bolingbrook High School program to join the Illini, along with current freshmen Taylor Tuck. Moore was the starting center for the 2011 IHSA Class 4A champions, who won the last three state titles in the largest class in Illinois. Moore is a three-star recruit according to HoopGurlz and transferred to Bolingbrook after playing her first two years at Morgan Park High School. HoopGurlz ranks her as the 82nd best forward in the class nationally and evaluates her as a "shot blocker/changer."