Illinois at Indiana women

Illinois’ Fabiola Josil has her 3-pointer rim in and out at the buzzer and Indiana comes away with a thrilling victory — not to mention a much-needed one — to even the Hoosiers’ Big Ten record at 2-2. HOOSIERS 50, ILLINI 48

0:2.7: This time Braun loops in the lefty runner to give IU its first lead of the second half. HOOSIERS 50, ILLINI 48

0:6.7: Braun has a layup blocked out of bounds, and it is IU basketball with just a few seconds between us and overtime. ILLINI 48, HOOSIERS 48

1:33: Jamie Braun’s 25-footer from straightaway ties us up once again. ILLINI 48, HOOSIERS 48

3:57: We were tied at 39, 41 and 43, but Indiana just cannot get over the hump to this point. Whitney Lindsey at the line when play resumes. ILLINI 46, HOOSIERS 43

7:04: Indiana tied it on a basket by Jori Davis and had a Davis 3 rattle in and out for the lead, but Illinois got the rebound and scored to reclaim the lead. IU has not led since it was 12-10 in the first half. ILLINI 41, HOOSIERS 39

11:18: A three-point play by Jori Davis and a corner 3-pointer by Aulani Sinclair pull Indiana within one. Illinois’ Lacey Simpson is on the bench with four fouls. ILLINI 36, HOOSIERS 35

15:03: Teams have traded mini-spurts to start the second stanza, but IU needs to gain ground. ILLINI 33, HOOSIERS 26

Illinois will take a six-point lead to the locker room. Big difference is the Illini hitting 3-of-7 3-pointers, while Indiana is 1-of-7 on the heels of a 1-of-18 game against Michigan State. Jenna Smith leads Illinois with 12 points, while Jori Davis has 8 to lead IU. ILLINI 27, HOOSIERS 21

3:51: We’ve reached a bit of a stalemate now as both teams have made their share of silly turnovers, but Illinois remains in front. ILLINI 22, HOOSIERS 19

7:57: Jenna Smith quietly making her presence felt now with 6 points and 4 rebounds. Jori Davis just hit her first field goal and she’ll be at the line when we return to action. IU needs her to get it going. ILLINI 18, HOOSIERS 14

10:46: IU making a lot of early hustle plays, taking a 12-7 lead on Jamie Braun’s putback, but Illinois is on a 7-0 run right now. ILLINI 14, HOOSIERS 12

15:39: Danilsa Andujar, starting for Chaplin, has been aggressive early, including a nice assist to Hope Elam. Elam has both IU field goals. HOOSIERS 5, ILLINI 4

I’m in a sparsely populated Assembly Hall for tonight’s Big Ten women’s basketball game between the Illini and Hoosiers. IU is looking to snap a two-game losing streak against an Illinois team that has won three straight against Indiana dating to 2008.

Redshirt freshman Sasha Chaplin is out for tonight’s game, but 6-2 freshman Jasmine Davis is in uniform for the first time and going through warm-ups, so we may see her IU debut tonight, especially against talented Illini center Jenna Smith, who is averaging nearly 21 points and 12 rebounds a game this season.


  1. Sorry to be late answering your question. I assume you are talking about Georgie Jones, the 6-2 transfer from Marquette. As I understand it, the paperwork isn’t official yet, but she is enrolled for this semester and should be eligible after exams next December.

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