Women's Basketball Final Season Notes
GodBold, Penn Honored by Big TenIllinois junior guard Adrienne GodBold has been named the Big Ten's Sixth Player of the Year as voted by the conference's coaches while classmate Karisma Penn earned third team All-Big Ten accolades by the coaches and media. GodBold, also named to the Big Ten's All-Defensive Team, is the first Illini to win Sixth Player of the Year since the award's inception in 2006 and the first Illini to claim one of the league's special honors since Ashley Berggren was named Player of the Year in 1997.
GODBOLD NAMED TEAM MVPJunior guard Adrienne GodBold (Chicago, Ill./Marshall H.S.) won a trio of team awards, including Most Valuable Player, Sixth Player of the Year, and Co-Defensive Player of the Year. GodBold earned the Big Ten's Sixth Player of the Year honor after averaging 11.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game during Big Ten play. In the last 11 games of the regular season, GodBold averaged 15.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game while shooting 56.4 percent from the field (62-110) and 79.5 percent (31-39) from the free-throw line. She raised her average from 5.9 to 9.6 points per game for the season in that span. In Big Ten games, GodBold ranked third in the league in field-goal percentage (.522), sixth in steals (2.3) and 15th in blocked shots (0.8). In overall games, she ranked 10th in the Big Ten in steals (1.9) and 14th in the league in blocked shots (1.0). GodBold scored 25 points at Purdue and 23 in the season finale at Wisconsin and had four other games of 16 points or better.
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.
Amber Moore's BIG GAME VS. NORTHWESTERNAmber Moore had a career performance of 31 points in a 69-57 victory over Northwestern on Feb. 20. Moore had 17 points in the first half and made 10-of-14 field goals for the game, including a 5-of-7 effort from three-point range. The 31 points eclipsed her previous career best of 27 she had at Indiana on Jan. 13, 2010, where Moore made seven treys. Moore's big game marked the first 30-point performance by an Illini since Karisma Penn scored 33 points vs. Michigan State on Feb. 19, 2011.
Moore Clutch From 3-Point LandAmber Moore has made 121 made threes in her career in just two seasons. She had at least one three-pointer in 25 of the 30 games this season and multiple threes in 15 contests. Moore also had 54 three-pointers on the season, which is tied for seventh on the Illinois single-season list.
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
DEFENSIVE-MINDED ILLINI Illinois is the only team in the conference with three different players among the top 10 in steals during Big Ten play -- Adrienne GodBold (6th), Lydia McCully (8th) and Karisma Penn (9th).
Only four different players are in the top 15 in the conference in both blocked shots and steals, Illinois' Karisma Penn, third in blocks (1.9) and ninth in steals (2.0) and Adrienne GodBold, sixth in steals (2.3) and 15th in blocks (0.8); Michigan State's Lykendra Johnson, seventh in steals (2.2) and 12th in blocks (0.9); and Northwestern's Kendall Hackney, ninth in blocks (1.1) and 13th in steals (1.4).
Illinois leads the conference in steals (10.3) and ranks second in blocks (5.1) in Big Ten only games.
Along with Penn State, Illinois allowed the fewest three-point shots in Big Ten play (65).
Illinois had 12 blocked shots in its victory over Memphis on Nov. 15 - tied for the second most in a game in school history. Adrienne GodBold and Karisma Penn each recorded four rejections during the contest while Kersten Magrum and Taylor Tuck added a pair of blocks each as well. The record is 13, set on Jan. 27, 2011 vs. Penn State.
CRAWFORD PROVIDES SCORING PUNCHIvory Crawford recorded her first double-double of her young career with 12 points and 10 rebounds vs. Nebraska on Jan. 29. Crawford had a successful week as a whole with seven assists, four steals, four blocks and 16 rebounds in games against the Cornhuskers and Michigan State.
BENCHMARK NUMBERS Illinois won at Michigan State for the first time since a 75-65 victory in East Lansing on Feb. 24, 2003.
Illinois' 84 points vs. No. 10 Ohio State were the most against a Big Ten team in the Jolette Law era and the most scored against the Buckeyes this season.
Illinois defeated Ohio State, 66-65 on Feb. 9. It marked the first Illinois win vs. a top-10 team since Jan. 26, 2003, a 94-80 victory over No. 10 Minnesota. It was also Illinois' first win against a ranked opponent since March 7, 2008, a 64-58 win over Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.
The Illini won back-to-back conference games for the first time since defeating Penn State and Wisconsin on Dec. 31 and Jan. 3, 2009-10.
Building momentumThe Illini have traditionally had better second halves to the conference season under Jolette Law. In 2008, after going 3-6 in the first half of the Big Ten season, the Illini went 5-4 down the stretch and then won 3-of-4 games in the Big Ten Tournament. In 2009, Illinois followed up an 0-for-9 start by going 5-4 in the second half and 2-1 in the Big Ten Tournament. In 2010, Illinois went 3-6 in the first half and 4-5 in the second half, going 1-1 in the Big Ten Tournament. In 2011, the Illini went 0-8 in the second half, but advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament with a pair of upset victories. This year, Illinois went 1-7 in the first half of the season and were 4-4 in the second half.
McCully Now Fifth Career Assists ListLydia McCully has found an open teammate in a position to shoot throughout her time with the Illini and took over sole possession of fifth all-time in assists as a result, with a pair against No. 21/22 Penn State on Jan. 19, breaking a tie with Tajua Catchings in the process. She finishes her career with 384, fifth on the all-time Illinois list in that category.
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 IN AND OUT OF THE LINE-UPKersten Magrum returned to the line-up against Michigan State after missing three games with concussion symptoms. Magrum scored 20 points against Wisconsin on Jan. 8, including 17 in the first half, before leaving the contest with 11 minutes to play. Magrum had eight points and three blocked shots in her first game back, and although she didn't start played 28 of a possible 45 minutes.
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.
Your Newest 1,000-Point Club MemberKarisma Penn is quickly climbing up several career charts, including becoming the 24th player in Illinois women's basketball history with 1,000 or more career points with 20-point performance on Nov. 24 against RV/#18 Green Bay. The Shaker Heights, Ohio, native finishes her junior senior with 1,332 career points, the 15th-most all-time, and also ranks 10th in Illini history in rebounds (726) and second in blocks (199).
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 EARNS BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEKIllinois forward Karisma Penn was named co-Big Ten Player of the Week on Feb. 14, sharing the honor witIowa's Samantha Logic.
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.
GODBOLD FINISHES SEASON STRONGOne of the major stories down the stretch of the season was the emergence of junior Adrienne GodBold as an offensive force.
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.
More on the Ohio State Victory The Illini posted its first victory against a top-10 team since Jan. 26, 2003, a 94-80 victory over No. 10 Minnesota. It was also Illinois' first win vs. a ranked opponent since March 7, 2008, a 64-58 victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals.
Alexis Burke drove in for the game-winning shot with 3.2 seconds remaining.
The Illini trailed by as many as 12 points at 56-44 with just under nine minutes remaining in the game.
Illinois allowed just six free-throw attempts by Ohio State and out-rebounded the Buckeyes 36-28, including a 16-7 advantage in offensive rebounds.
The Illini trailed 63-58 late, but scored six straight points to take a one-point advantage at the end.
ILLINOIS TURNED CLOSE GAMES INTO WINSEight of the 15 Illinois games in conference play have come down to the final minute. The Illini lost the first four, but won the last four.
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.
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).
Barefoot For A PurposeIllinois head coach Jolette Law coached in her bare feet during the Jan. 19 game with Penn State. She joined over 1,000 coaches from across the country going barefoot to raise awareness and funding to help put one million pairs of shoes on the feet of children through Samaritan's Feet.
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 Suffers Season-Ending InjurySophomore guard Centrese McGee will miss the 2011-12 season after suffering an ACL tear in her right knee just prior to the start of the school year. The Calumet City native had surgery on Oct. 6 to correct the injury and will use the current season as a redshirt year as she recovers.
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.
Law Locks Up Two For 2012-13Illinois head coach Jolette Law has announced the signing of 6-0 guard Mckenzie Piper (Iowa City, Iowa/Iowa City West H.S.) and 6-3 forward Nia Moore (Bolingbrook, Ill./H.S.) as members of the 2012-13 Illini class.
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."