Illinois advances to the second round by upsetting #11 Wisconsin 75-66. The victory snapped an 11-game losing streak for the Illini. Aaliyah Nye scored 17 points and Kendall Bostic scored 12 points and 16 rebounds to help the Illini win. The double-double for Bostic was her sixth of the year. All five of the Illinois starters scored in double figures. This was the second victory Illinois had over Wisconsin for the season which was the only Big Ten team the Illini beat this year.
Katie Nelson scored 27 points for the Badgers and had 8 assists. Julie Pospisilova scored 17 points and Halle Douglass had 15 points. At the half Wisconsin led 33-30 but went cold in the second half.
The hot shooting of Aaliyah Nye who hit 5 of 6 from three-point land is what helped spark the Illini. Wisconsin tried late in the game as Pospisilova hit two three pointers in a row, but it was not enough.
The Illinois victory was the first time a 14th seed advanced in the Big Ten Tournament since 2015 when Purdue did it. Next up on Thursday night is Nebraska for the Illini. Here is a photo Gallery of the game photos by Tony Vasquez and the Indy Sports photo crew. Wisconsin vs Illinois Photo Gallery