Bottom-seeded Illinois defeats Wisconsin in B10 first round – CBS Chicago
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Aaliyah Nye scored 17 points, Kendall Bostic notched his sixth double-double of the season and 14th-seeded Illinois ended an 11-game losing streak with a 75-66 win over Wisconsin , 11th seed, Wednesday in the first round of the Big Ten tournaments.
Illinois (7-19) is the first 14th seed to advance to the second round since Purdue in 2015. The Illini, whose only other conference win came in a regular-season split with Wisconsin, will face sixth-seeded Nebraska on Thursday.
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Bostic had 12 points, 16 rebounds and six assists as all five Fighting Illini starters scored in double figures. Erika Porter, averaging 3.6 points, scored a career-high 15, Adalia McKenzie had 14 points and seven assists, and Jada Peebles added 12 points on 4 3-for-5 shooting. Illinois was 9 of 12 from the arc at 7 of 29 for Illinois.
Katie Nelson scored 27 points and eight assists to lead Wisconsin (8-21). Julie Pospisilova added 17 points and Halle Douglass 15.
Nye hit 5 of 6 from the 3-point line, including his last with just under a minute left for a seven-point lead. Nelson answered with a 3-pointer but Wisconsin didn’t score again. McKenzie picked up her inbound pass from Bostic and went to the hoop to score, and three free throws wrapped up the win.
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Illinois led by 12 with just over three minutes before Pospisilova hit three straight runs to start Wisconsin’s late push.
Illini outscored Wisconsin 25-10 — including a 12-0 run — in the deciding third quarter, outscoring the Badgers by nearly 30% leading 55-43 heading into the final period.
Wisconsin led by two after the first quarter and held a slim lead throughout the second quarter for a 33-30 halftime advantage.
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