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Illinois 70, Minnesota 57

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MINNEAPOLIS - Makira Cook scored 20 points, Genesis Bryant added 18 and No. 24 Illinois celebrated its first game as a ranked team in 23 years with a 70-57 win over Minnesota.

Brynn Shoup-Hill and Adalia McKenzie both added 13 points for the Illini (15-3, 5-2 Big Ten Conference), who haven't had a winning season since 2012-13, haven't made the NCAA Tournament since 2003 and were last ranked on Nov. 27, 2000.

Illinois won just seven games last year, one in league play, before Shauna Green was hired from Dayton. Cook and Bryant came from Dayton with the coach and Bryant transferred from North Carolina State.

Alanna Micheaux scored 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Golden Gophers (8-10, 1-6), who have lost five straight. Micheaux was 11-of-16 shooting, her teammates 12 of 46 (26%).

The Illini led 42-28 at the half with Cook scoring 11 points and Bryant 10, five in the last three minutes. Illinois was 6 of 12 on 3-pointers - just 9 of 21 on 2s - and 6 of 8 from the foul line. The Gophers shot 39% and Micheaux had 10 points.

Micheaux had eight points in the third quarter but the Gophers never got closer than 10 and the spread was 14 heading into the fourth quarter.

January 15, 2023


Illinois
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
B. Shoup-Hill F 33 5-9 0-0 3-7 3-9 0 1 2 0 3 13
K. Bostic F 17 1-4 1-2 0-0 1-7 0 1 0 1 3 3
G. Bryant G 39 7-15 2-2 2-6 0-2 5 0 2 2 2 18
A. Mckenzie G 38 6-15 1-2 0-1 4-8 2 0 3 0 0 13
M. Cook G 37 6-19 6-6 2-6 0-2 4 0 1 2 1 20
G. Lopes 22 0-2 0-0 0-0 2-10 1 0 0 1 4 0
J. Peebles 13 1-3 0-0 1-2 1-3 1 0 0 1 0 3
J. Oden 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 26-67
(.388)
10-12
(.833)
8-22
(.364)
12-43 13 2 8 7 13 70


Minnesota
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
M. Heyer F 38 3-11 2-2 1-4 2-7 3 1 0 0 1 9
A. Micheaux F 33 11-16 2-7 0-0 4-14 1 0 0 1 3 24
A. Battle G 36 4-11 2-2 1-3 0-7 6 0 2 3 4 11
M. Braun G 35 1-12 2-2 0-4 0-1 3 0 2 2 1 4
M. Czinano G 27 3-4 0-0 0-0 2-5 1 0 0 1 3 6
I. Gradwell 21 1-5 0-0 1-5 1-3 0 0 0 2 1 3
A. Hammond 8 0-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 1 3 0
M. Cayton 1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   199 23-62
(.371)
8-13
(.615)
3-16
(.188)
11-41 14 2 4 10 16 57


Officials: Cameron Inouye, Jesse Dickerson, Jamie Broderick




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