Head coach Matt Bollant and the Illini host Oregon Wednesday night.
Dec. 10, 2012
|Game 10: Illinois (5-4) vs. Oregon (0-7)|
|When||Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 | 7 p.m. CT|
|Location||Champaign, Ill. | Assembly Hall (16,618)|
|Tickets||$5 | Call 1-866-ILLINI-1 or purchase at the door|
|Streaming Video||BTN.com | All-Access Sign-up
|Radio||WDWS AM-1400 (Champaign-Urbana) & WDAN AM-1490 (Danville) | Listen|
|Live Stats||Gametracker | Mobile Stats|
|Printable Game Notes||Illinois|
|Season Stats||Illinois | Oregon | Big Ten|
|Preview Interviews||Coach Bollant | Kersten Magrum | Amber Moore|
|Social Media||@IlliniWBB | #Illini | Facebook | YouTube|
Illini Kick Off Four-Game Home-stand Against Ducks
After grabbing a 73-65 win at Memphis on Sunday, the Fighting Illini return to Assembly Hall to open a string of four consecutive home games with a Wednesday night tilt with Oregon. It marks Illinois' first game since wrapping up a stretch of four games in 11 days.
Illinois has been one of the nation's top offensive squads thus far, ranking second in the Big Ten and 28th out of 343 Division I women's basketball teams in scoring offense with an average of 73.6 points per game. The Illini also have been quite unselfish, averaging 16.6 assists per game, which ranks third in the Big Ten and 26th nationally. Illinois also ranks second in the Big Ten with 10.3 steals per game.
The Orange and Blue have topped 80 points in four of their wins and have scored 70-plus points in six of nine games to this point, matching the number of times that Illinois reached the 70-point mark last season. Also last year, the Illini reached 80 only twice. Illinois also is averaging 79.4 points per game against teams outside the Big 12 Conference after scoring 56 against Texas Tech and 50 against Iowa State.
Included in that is a 95-point outburst against Wake Forest on Nov. 29, the highest scoring output against a BCS conference opponent since dropping 96 on Ohio State on Feb. 13, 2002.
Fans can receive admission by presenting their ticket stub from Tuesday's Illinois/Norfolk State men's basketball game at the Illinois ticket office on the west side of Assembly Hall. Halftime entertainment will be provided by the Champaign Thunder co-ed youth basketball team, who will play a shortened game on the Assembly Hall court. And Illini sophomore guard/forward Taylor Tuck will sign autographs at the main west entrance following the game. Tuck will be featured on Wednesday's game program. For complete Illini promotions information, click here.
Scouting The Ducks
Oregon has struggled to start 2012-13, dropping its first seven games. But the Ducks have been right on the cusp of breaking into the win column twice: an 87-85 double-overtime loss to Portland State on Nov. 15 and a 77-73 loss to Nevada on Sunday.
Oregon has been hammered by injuries lately, as sophomore Amanda Delgado missed Sunday's game against Nevada and will miss Wednesday's matchup with a knee injury suffered in practice. That is in addition to the loss of Laura Stanulis and Lexi Petersen, two of Oregon's top five scorers at the time of their season-ending injuries. Key returners Ariel Thomas and Deanna Weaver, as well as freshman Janitah Iamaleava also have been sidelined, Katelyn Loper is sitting out the season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules, and three-sport standout Liz Brenner is still with the Ducks' volleyball team, which competes in the NCAA Final Four this weekend.
The Ducks are coached by Paul Westhead, the former NBA, WNBA and Loyola Marymount men's basketball head coach known for a run-and-gun style called "The System." Westhead guided Oregon to top-15 finishes in the nation in scoring average and three-pointers made per game in 2010 and 2011.
Oregon was 15-16 last season, with a 7-11 conference record that placed them ninth in the Pac-12. The Ducks last reached the postseason in 2010, when they qualified for the WNIT. Oregon's last NCAA Tournament appearance was in 2005.
Last Meeting with Oregon
Illinois staged a furious rally to erase a 16-point second-half deficit but Oregon hit 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to snag a 77-74 win in Eugene, Ore., on Nov. 19, 2011. Kersten Magrum led the way for the Illini with 24 points and 12 rebounds, including a 12-of-12 night from the charity stripe. Amber Moore added 22, Karisma Penn notched 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Lydia McCully scored 10.
Last Time Out: Memphis
The Illini scored 14 unanswered points over a span of 5:38 of the second half to pull out to a 50-33 lead at Memphis and Illinois canned 8-of-10 free throws in the game's final 2:11 to ice a 73-65 win on Sunday. Senior forward Karisma Penn led all scorers with 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds, passing Tauja Catchings for 10th place on Illinois' career scoring list. Ivory Crawford added 17, while Amber Moore and Kersten Magrum each contributed 12 points.
Illini in NCAA Stats
Illinois continues to rank among the national leaders in a handful of statistical categories, through games of Dec. 9. The Illini stand 26th in assists per game (16.6) and 28th in scoring offense (73.6 ppg).
Sophomore Alexis Smith is 14th in the nation in assists per game (6.4). In addition, her 14 assists against Wake Forest (Nov. 29), are tied for the most in a game in the nation this year, and her 13 dimes against Cleveland State on Nov. 18 are tied for the third-most in the country.
Junior Amber Moore is 15th nationally in three-point field goals made per game (3.11). Senior Karisma Penn ranks 26th nationally in blocked shots per game (2.56), 29th in double-doubles (4), 32nd in field-goal percentage (56.1 percent) and 35th in points per game (19.1).
Illinois Flexing Its Offensive Muscles
Through nine games, Illinois is averaging 73.6 points per game, which ranks second in the Big Ten and ranked 28th in the country (as of Dec. 9).
Although it's early, Illinois is on pace for its best scoring season since the Illini averaged 76.2 points per game in 1999-2000, the year of UI's last NCAA Tournament victory. The Illini have not averaged 70 points per game since 2002-03, their last trip to the NCAA Tournament.