Fighting Illini Face In-State Rival Illinois State
Dec. 6, 2011
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Game 9 - Illinois (3-5) vs. Illinois State (4-3)
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 // 7:00 p.m. CT // Redbird Arena (10,200) // Normal, Ill.
On The Air
On the Oregon-California-Puerto Rico trip alone, the Illini traveled a total of 8,610 miles from Champaign to Chicago then on to Portland and San Francisco before heading to San Juan for a pair of games before returning to Chicago and back home to Champaign.
In addition to its current trip to Normal, Ill., the closest the Orange and Blue have come to playing in Champaign since a Nov. 15 victory over Memphis, the Illini also travel to Chicago and Las Vegas before returning to Assembly Hall to meet Alabama A&M on Wednesday, Dec. 28.
The Illini rank second in the Big Ten in blocked shots at 5.8 per game with 46 through eight contests. Individually, Karisma Penn stands third in rejections as the junior averages 2.6 per contest - only 0.3 behind the leader, Ohio State's Ashley Adams.
Kersten Magrum used last season as a medical hardship after suffering through a stress fracture in her foot. Upon returning this year, Magrum set then-career highs in points (23) and rebounds (7) in the victory over Cleveland State in only her second game back and currently ranks eighth in the Big Ten in rebounding at 7.5 boards per game. Magrum followed the Cleveland State game with her first collegiate double-double, with 10 points and 10 rebounds against Memphis before resetting career-bests with 24 points and 12 boards at Oregon. Magrum is getting it done at the free-throw line as well as the redshirt-sophomore ranks sixth in the conference in free throw percentage, making 34 of her 39 attempts in the first eight games (.872), including going 12-for-12 from the charity stripe against the Ducks.
Scouting Illinois State
The Redbirds opened the season with an 11-point win at Ball State before dropping consecutive games at Northwestern, 69-62, and at Eastern Illinois, 83-69. Illinois State rebounded with consecutive wins over Northern Illinois, the University of Illinois-Chicago and Arkansas State before dropping its most recent contest to Arizona State, with the latter two games coming as part of the ASU Classic in Tempe, Ariz.
Head coach Stephanie Glance is in her second season leading the Redbirds after posting a 24-11 mark one year ago. Glance directed Illinois State to a 69-62 win during the Redbirds' most recent match-up with the Illini on Nov. 12, 2010. Karisma Penn led the Orange and Blue in that contest, earning a double-double behind 18 points and 11 rebounds. Amber Moore (15) and Lydia McCully (11) also scored in double-figures during the contest. Shala Jackson had a team-high 16 points for Illinois State while Emily Hanley (14), Hannah Spanich (11) and Kenyatta Shelton (10) all reached double-figures in points on the contest. Spanich also had a team-best 12 boards in 31 minutes on the floor.
Facing A Challenging Slate
Coming So Close
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.
Your Newest 1,000-Point Club Member
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 -- 20. 1,091 Alicia Sheeler 1996-99 21. 1,058 Karisma Penn 2009-
McCully Moving Up Career Assists List
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. 342 Tauja Catchings 1996-00 -- 10. 312 Shavonna Hunter 1999-02 11. 311 Allison Curtin 1998-01 12. 305 Lydia McCully 2008-
Block Party One Of The Best In School History
Magrum Returns From Injury
During the current season, Magrum has shown this versatility and effectiveness throughout. Magrum scored in double-figures against Cleveland State, Memphis, Oregon and California, including 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 eight games, tallying 10 points and 10 rebounds against Memphis on Nov. 15 in addition to her career-best night against Oregon. On the year, Magrum is second in points (12.1) and rebounds (7.5) per game and is shooting .388 (31-for-80) from the field and .872 (34-for-39) from the charity stripe.
McGee Suffers Season-Ending Injury
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). McGee had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds in a victory over Wisconsin in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. Following the season, she received the Coaches' Award at the team's annual banquet and was Illinois' representative on the Big Ten Sportsmanship Team.
A Full Fifteen
The incoming class includes two players from state championship teams -- Alexis Smith (West Islip, N.Y./St. John the Baptist H.S.) and Taylor Tuck (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook H.S.) and all five players who have excelled in the classroom. The rest of the class includes Ivory Crawford (Chicago, Ill./Proviso East H.S.), the No. 88 ranked player in the class (No. 6 in Illinois) according to Blue Star Basketball; Nia Oden (Brooklyn, N.Y./Christ the King H.S.), the 30th-ranked wing player in the class according to ESPN HoopGurlz; and Kierra Morris (Chicago, Ill./Morgan Park Academy), a first team all-state performer.
The returnees had a combined for 266 starts coming into the season from Lydia McCully (93), Macie Blinn (23), Eboni Mitchell (18), Lana Rukavina (34), Adrienne GodBold (5), Karisma Penn (65), Kersten Magrum (15) and Amber Moore (13).
Big Ten Tournament Tickets On Sale Now
All-session tickets are available for $50 through January 31, which marks a 30-percent discount off the regular price of $70. Fans wishing to purchase all-session tickets within their university's fan block for their respective team's games only are encouraged to contact their school's ticket office.
Illini to See Plenty of TV, Internet Coverage
For the season, all 16 Big Ten Conference games and all Illinois home games will be either nationally televised or streamed online. In addition, all 10 Big Ten Tournament games will be televised, with the Big Ten Network airing the first three rounds and ESPN2 broadcasting the championship game.
Law Locks Up Two for 2012-13
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 Trojans also won the Mississippi Valley Conference for the first time in 22 years. Piper transferred to Iowa City West after playing her first two seasons at Keokuk, who advanced to the state quarterfinals during her freshman year. 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." She played for the Illinois Dream Team during the summer.
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