Illini Women’s Basketball Continues to Struggle

By Will Charlton

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The Illinois women’s basketball team’s losing streak was extended to five on Wednesday night.

The Illini played host to the Indiana Hoosiers in a game that was lopsided from the tip off.

The Hoosiers prevailed over the Illini by a score of 93-61. The 32-point loss was the worst losing deficit the Illini have seen this season.

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The Illini’s worst loss before last night came against Iowa back in January when they lost by 26.

Granted, Indiana is ranked #7 in the country and currently sits at second in the Big Ten with a 17-3 overall record and a 9-1 conference record after the win against the Illini. The Illini fell to 6-13 overall with a 1-7 Big Ten record; with the only win being against Wisconsin.

Only two Illini went into double digits for points. Adalia McKenzie was the leading scorer with 14 points, and Jayla Oden was right behind her with 13.

The leading rebounder as per usual with the Illini was Kendall Bostic who recorded seven of them.

In terms of assists, the Illini were not able to pass the ball very well as the team only had a total of seven combined, and you will not be able to beat a very good team like Indiana with only having seven total assists.

Unfortunately for the Illini, Ali Patberg for the Hoosiers had a career night with 26 points on 9-15 shooting. Three other Hoosiers were in double digits for scoring as well.

“We talked about Indiana as they’re one of the most physical teams in the league,” said head coach Nancy Fahey in her postgame press conference. “I know they’re without holes right now.”

Indiana definitely proved that they were the real deal to the Illini in all facets of the game as the Hoosiers had more rebounds, more assists, and had better shooting percentages than the Illini.

The next game for the Illini will be on Saturday against Nebraska at 2 PM, which will be their chance to respond from the loss last night.

The Huskers play against Ohio State tonight, but currently have a 17-5 overall record and a Big Ten record of 6-5.

While it’ll be another test for the Illini, a home upset on Saturday could really lift the spirits of the team in the final stretch of the season.

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