Women's Basketball

Women's Basketball

After 'intense' process, Whitman ready for down time

CHAMPAIGN ­­— Josh Whitman doesn’t have many big plans Saturday.

“I’m looking forward to this weekend,” the Illinois athletic director said with a grin on Friday morning. “I might not even shave (Saturday). We’ll see what that feels like.”

The last two Saturdays have seen moments that might come to define Whitman’s tenure at his alma mater.

He fired John Groce on March 11.

Grentz all for Fahey hire

CHAMPAIGN — The winningest coach in Illinois women’s basketball history praised the choice of Nancy Fahey by her old school.

Theresa Grentz won 210 games in 12 seasons at Illinois, leading the team to consecutive Sweet 16 appearances in 1997 and ’98.

Fahey era begins at Illinois

CHAMPAGN — It would have been easy for Nancy Fahey to stay in St. Louis.

She built a hall of fame career at Washington University. She was admired by her coworkers and respected by her players.

But Fahey also enjoys a challenge. So, when Josh Whitman called to talk to her about a move to Illinois, it didn’t long for her to say “Yes.”

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Nancy Fahey is introduced as Illini women's basketball coach on 3-24-17.

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Fahey said she has talked to a lot of coaches who have made the jump from Division III to D-I.

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The McCoys wants to thank the NCAA women's tournament selection committee for where it sent their favorite team, Ohio State.

Ohio State is the college home of former St. Thomas More star Tori McCoy. She is toward the end of a successful first season.

Fahey ranks highly among Big Ten women's winners

Illinois is slated to introduce new women's basketball coach Nancy Fahey at 10:30 a.m. Friday with a press conference at the Hall of Fame room inside the Bielfeldt Athletic Administration Building. The former Washington University coach is new to the Division I ranks, but not to winning. A look at where her career victories stack up among her new Big Ten counterparts:

Cobra women stay alive in consolation play

HARRISON, Ark. — The chance to play on the final day of the season is still a possibility for the Parkland women's basketball team.

UPDATED: Whitman makes another hire

Hear more from Fahey and Whitman Friday at 10:30 on WDWS.

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois women’s basketball program last reached the NCAA tournament in 2003.

Dual Parkland hoops national title bids 'a dream come true'

CHAMPAIGN — Before both Parkland basketball teams gathered inside Dodds Athletic Center on Friday afternoon, they were together.

No real surprise there.

“We were just watching March Madness with them downstairs and joking around,” Parkland women’s guard Kerstyn Lowery said. “We’re pretty close with (the men’s team).”