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Illinois follows big win with pair of losses

The Illini continue to rise and fall.

Cary Frye - Illinois Athletics

Illinois had a big week last week, but have fallen short this week with losses to Rutgers and Penn State.

The Illini, now 9-7, are 1-4 in conference play.

January 9: Rutgers 71, Illinois 60

Despite an Illini loss, freshman Courtney Joens showed out with 13 points and matched her career-high with three steals. Junior Ali Andrews followed with 10 points.

The Illini earned 22 points off of Rutgers turnovers, tying a season-high

January 12: Penn State 62, Illinois 48

Illinois had a strong start against the Lady Lions on Saturday, shooting 44 percent from the field to start off.

Alex Wittinger led with a total of 19 points and had 4 total steals.

Junior Brandi Beasley led Illinois with 5 rebounds and added 7 points. Freshman Aerial Scott also put up 10 points.

The Illini only allowed Penn State 25 percent shooting from distance and forced 12 turnovers.

What’s next:

Illinois will return to the State Farm Center on Jan. 17 where it will host Nebraska (7-8) at 7 p.m.

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