Illinois Women’s Basketball: Illinois Offense Uses Balanced Attack to Beat Oregon, 80-62


The Illinois Fighting Illini won their second consecutive game after defeating the Oregon Ducks, 80-62.

The Fighting Illini led the Ducks 36-20 at the half and never looked back from there. The defense for Illinois held Oregon to 22.5% from the field in the first half. The Ducks shot 16 3-pointers in the first half (40 total shots) and only hit two shots from beyond the arc. Illinois also did not let the Ducks get to the foul line in the first half.

Illinois seemed to have most things working in this game.

The offense was not stellar from the field (33 percent), but the Illini went 22-of-35 from the charity stripe in the game. They also shot 38.1 percent from beyond the arc against the Ducks.

Defensively, the Fighting Illini forced Oregon to commit 22 turnovers in Wednesday night’s game. They scored 31 points off these turnovers while recording 13 steals and nine blocks.

Throughout the entire game, it was a pretty balanced attack for the Illini. All five of their starters finished the game with double-digit points.

Karisma Penn was the ringleader with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Ivory Crawford and Amber Moore finished with 16 and 15 points respectively while Alexis Smith and Kersten Magrum finished with 14 and 12 points respectively.

The Ducks leading scorer in the game was their “double-double machine” Jillian Alleyne. Just like her average, Alleyne recorded another double-double in this game. She finished with 24 points and 16 rebounds.

The other big star for the Ducks coming into the game wasDanielle Love (no relation to Kevin Love). She went 0-for-6 from the field and did not score a single point. In 32 minutes, she only recorded two rebounds and turned the ball over twice.

The Fighting Illini are now 6-4 on the season.

Their next game will be at Assembly Hall against the Illinois State Redbirds on December 21st. Illinois State is currently 5-3 this season. They defeated Northwestern 64-46 in their last game.

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