Women’s Basketball December 21, 2021
Women’s Basketball December 21, 2021
The Fighting Illini face their final non-conference matchup of the season, playing host to rival Missouri in the McBride Homes Braggin’ Rights game on Wednesday afternoon at State Farm Center.
» Tipoff between the Fighting Illini (5-6, 0-1 B1G) and the Tigers (10-2, 0-0 SEC ) is set for 12 p.m. CT.
» The game will be streamed live on B1G+ with Scott Beatty (play-by-play), Scott Sudikoff (analyst) and Andre Thomas (sideline).
» Mike Koon will call the action for the Illini on the Busey Bank Illini Sports Network (1400 AM / 93.9 FM).
» Streaming audio and live stats is also available at FightingIllini.com.
About the Illini
Illinois enters Wednesday’s matchup vs. Missouri with an overall record of 5-6, and are coming off of a 66-51 road loss at Southern Illinois on Sunday.
» The Illini are 5-2 at home, most recently coming off of a win over Eastern Kentucky (78-66) at State Farm Center on Sunday, Dec. 12.
» The team is 0-4 away from home, however, with a pair of neutral-site losses – vs. Dayton and Middle Tennessee – as part of the Daytona Beach Invitational over Thanksgiving weekend, and a setback in their Big Ten opener at Michigan State on Dec. 9 prior to Sunday’s decision at SIU.
» Offensively, the Illini have opened the season with an improved scoring average from last season. Through 11 games, the Illini are averaging 65.1 points per game, an improvement of nearly six points per game over last year’s season average of 59.6 ppg.
» Illinois enter Wednesday’s matchup vs. Missouri with a 5-0 mark in games in which the Illini offense scores at least 70 points.
» Leading scorer, sophomore G Aaliyah Nye, is averaging 11.7 ppg, an improvement of more nearly 4 points per game from her freshman campaign (8.1 ppg).
» Behind Nye, the Illini’s offensive attack has been balanced with eight other players tallying at least one double-digit scoring game so far this season, and three others – Adalia McKenzie (9.5), Jada Peebles (9.4), and De’Myla Brown (8.4) entering action vs. MU averaging better than 8.0 ppg.
» Sophomore F Kendall Bostic averages a team-leading 11.3 rebounds per game, first in the Big Ten Conference and 12th nationally.
Missouri enters Wednesday’s game with an overall record of 10-2, and is coming off of a home win on Monday night vs. Southern (73-54).
» The Tigers opened the season by storming out to a 9-0 start, and battled to a 70-68 defeat at then No. 5/7-ranked Baylor on Dec. 4 for their first loss of the season. They followed that performance with a 79-51 setback at Missouri State in their next outing on Dec. 10.
» UM is 7-0 at home, but just 3-2 this season in games played away from Columbia, and is riding a two-game road losing streak – vs. Baylor and Missouri State – entering the Braggin’ Rights matchup vs. the Illini.
» Overall, the Tigers have won two-straight however, also notching a 69-55 home win over Alabama A&M on Sunday, Dec. 12, before Monday’s victory over Southern.
» Missouri is led by led by junior G Aijha Blackwell, a 2020-21 second team All-SEC selection. Blackwell paces the team in minutes (30.6 mpg), while also ranking first on the roster in scoring (16.5 ppg) and rebounding (12.5 rpg).
» Junior F Hayley Frank ranks second on the team in scoring (12.7 ppg) and rebounding (4.8 rpg), while leading the team in three-pointers made (28), three-point percentage (.431), as well as blocked shots (6).
» Junior G Lauren Hansen is the third Tigers’ starter to average double-figures scoring, posting 10.2 points per game, including a team season-high 34 points at Lehigh on Nov. 28.
» Head coach Robin Pingeton is in her 12th season at the helm of the Missouri program after previously serving as the head coach at Illinois State.
Series vs. Missouri
Wednesday’s matchup vs. Missouri marks the 15th in the series between the Illini and the Tigers.
» Illinois leads the all-time series, 9-5, though Missouri holds a 3-2 edge in games played in Champaign; Illinois is 4-2 in games played in Columbia, and the Illini hold a 3-0 mark in games played on a neutral floor in St. Louis.
» The Illini captured the most recent matchup in the series, a 58-51 win at Mizzou Arena, on Dec. 20, 2019.
» The programs did not meet last season due to a COVID-19-altered schedule.
Following a brief holiday break, the Fighting Illini close out 2021 with a return to conference play vs. Big Ten power, No. 6/8-ranked Maryland on Thursday, Dec. 30 at State Farm Center.
» Tipoff between the Illini and the visiting Terrapins is set for 7 p.m. CT.
» Maryland is 10-3 overall and is off to a 2-0 start to Big Ten play following early-December wins Rutgers (73-59) and vs. Purdue (86-71).
» The Terps own a win over then-No. 6 Baylor (79-76) on Nov. 21, and all three of their losses have come at the hands of top-10 ranked foes: vs. No. 5 NC State (78-60) and No. 7 Stanford (86-68) at the Baha Mar Hoops Pink Flamingo Championship in The Bahamas, and in a true road matchup at No. 1 South Carolina (66-59).
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