The Illinois Fighting Illini defeated the Wisconsin Badgers, 60-53, in Champaign on Monday.
The Fighting Illini are now 8-4 in the Big Ten with Monday’s win. This is the first time since 1999-2000 that they were 8-4 in conference play. The win also means that Illinois swept the season-series against the Badgers. The last time they swept Wisconsin was during the 2000 conference schedule.
Illinois played very well in the first half on Monday night. They shot 31.6% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc. Defensively, they were able to hold the Badgers to 8-of-23 from the field and 1-of-8 from beyond the arc.
However, the Illini slumped a tad in the second half. They only made nine shots from the field, but were able to go 11-of-12 from the charity stripe.
Illinois’ two main scorers were Karisma Penn and Adrienne GodBold. Penn recorded her twelveth double-double this season. She scored 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. She went 8-of-20 from the field, but was able to go to the foul line for 9-of-11 free throws.
GodBold scored 16 points and hauled in seven rebounds in the game against Wisconsin on Monday.
GodBold and Penn were clearly the main reasons why Illinois won the game. They combined to score 42 of Illinois’ 60 points while going 15-of-33 from the field. The rest of the Illini only made 6-of-33 field goals.
Wisconsin had three players score in double-figures against Illinois. These players were Morgan Paige, Nicole Bauman, and Cassie Rochel.
Paige came into Monday’s game ranked seventh in the Big Ten in scoring.
She went 4-of-16 from the field and 2-of-10 from beyond the arc while scoring 14 points. Bauman and Rochel scored 14 and 11 points respectively for the Badgers.
On the boards, Wisconsin was led by Tiera Stephen and Rochel. Cassie Rochel led the Badgers with 12 rebounds (only Wisconsin player to record a double-double). Stephen also added ten rebounds of her own.
This was a nice win for the Fighting Illini, but they will need to get ready for their next game against the Big Ten’s best team on Wednesday night.
The Fighting Illini are now 15-9 overall and 8-4 in the Big Ten.
Their next game will be against the Penn State Nittany Lions on February 20th. The Nittany Lions are 21-3 overall and 11-1 in the Big Ten. They defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes, 81-69, in their last game.
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