Game 12 WBB Notes: Illinois at Marquette
Dec. 20, 2010
GAME 12 - Illinois (5-6) at Marquette (9-2)Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010 // Noon CT // Al Maguire Center (4,000) // Milwaukee, Wis.
ON THE AIR
Penn POW: Sophomore forward Karisma Penn earned Big Ten Co-Player of the Week accolades after registering her sixth double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds Saturday vs. UIC. She also tied the UI single-game blocked shots record with seven swats against the Flames.
Among the Nation's Best: Karisma Penn's six double-doubles is tied for the most in the most in the Big Ten and the eighth-most in the NCAA this season. Her 3.0 blocks per game this year ranks second in the conference and 11th in the nation.
Balanced attack: While Penn leads the Illini in scoring at 16.4 ppg, the rest of the roster is incredibly balanced in terms of scoring. Seven players average at least 6.0 ppg and eight UI players score between 4.8 and 9.0 ppg.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES
The Golden Eagles are led by preseason All-Big East pick Angel Robinson, who is averaging 14.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.4 steals per game. Forward Paige Fiedorowicz is also averaging double-figures at 11.1 ppg, while reserve guard Courtney Weibel (7.0 ppg) just broke the MU single-game three-point record with eight treys against UNC-Asheville. Marquette is a veteran team, as five of their top seven scorers are seniors.
The Illinois-Marquette Series: Marquette owns a 4-2 advantage over the Illini in the all-time series, including a 3-0 edge in Milwaukee. The two teams split two meeting last season, both at Assembly Hall in Champaign. The Golden Eagles won 65-55 in Champaign on Dec. 9, but the Illini avenged the loss with a 74-72 overtime win in the second round of the WNIT in March. Three of the last four meetings between Illinois and Marquette have come in the WNIT. Prior to last year's Illini win, MU won 72-64 in 2008 and 64-44 in 2006, both in Milwaukee.
THE UNITED CENTER - A HOME AWAY FROM HOME
PENN STEPPING UP
Only 11 games into her sophomore season, Penn is already climbing up the UI career blocks list. After breaking the UI freshman record with 57 swats last year, Penn has added 33 so far this season to bring her career total to 90, sixth-best on the UI career list.
ILLINOIS CAREER BLOCKED SHOT LEADERS 1. 231 Jenna Smith 2006-10 2. 163 Lacey Simpson 2005-10 3. 156 Kendra Gantt 1981-85 4. 135 Jonelle Polk 1983-87 5. 112 Angelina Williams 2001-05 6. 90 Karisma Penn 2009- 7. 88 Casey Leonhardt 1996-98 8. 83 Cindy Dallas 1998-04 9. 74 Tauja Catchings 1996-00 10. 70 Iveta Marcauskaite 2000-02WHERE ARE THE SENIORS?
Illinois is one of only seven Division I teams in the nation without a senior on its roster heading into the 2010-11 season, joining Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Murray State, Oral Roberts, Purdue and Rutgers. With the absence of senior leadership, Illini head coach Jolette Law has singled out redshirt junior Lydia McCully and sophomores Karisma Penn and Kersten Magrum as players who have stepped up as leaders this season.
LAST TIME OUT: ILLINI AT HOME IN CHICAGO
The Orange and Blue controlled the game from the start, jumping out to a 15-2 lead early behind strong play from Penn and sophomore Adrienne GodBold, who each had seven points in the first eight minutes. The Illini closed the half on a high note when Lydia McCully went coast-to-coach for a lay-up at the halftime buzzer to give Illinois 35-21 lead at the break.
Illinois cruised in the second half, leading by as many as 18 with six minutes left before UIC made a late run to cut it to single digits. Redshirt freshman Amber Moore hit four free throws in the final seconds to close out the victory.
Moore (11 points, six rebounds) and GodBold (10 points, three assists) joined Penn in double-figures, while McCully finished with nine points, six rebounds and three assists. Freshman Centrese McGee (six points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals), sophomore Eboni Mitchell (six points) and sophomore Lana Rukavina (5 points, three rebounds) also played a big hand in the victory.
Illinois has now won 11 straight against UIC and six of its last seven at the United Center.
MAGRUM GETTING CLOSE