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Indiana vs Illinois: Women’s basketball game notes, how to watch, more

Sooner or later it all gets Real.

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In addition to ringing in the new year, Indiana women’s basketball jumps fully into conference play Sunday afternoon with a home tilt versus Illinois.

Here’s everything you need to know about the game:

When is the game and how can I watch?

Game Date/Time: Sunday, December 31st, 12:30 p.m. ET

Location: Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Indiana

TV: Big Ten Network

Radio: WHCC 105.1 / WIUX 99.1

Game Notes

#16 Indiana (10-1, 1-0 Big Ten) handled Bowling Green, 84-35, in its noncon finale last time out.

Sara Scalia had a career night versus the Falcons and dropped 32 points while shooting 8-11 (73%) from deep. You can read more about that one here.

Illinois (6-5, 0-1 Big Ten) isn’t exactly sprinting out of the gates to start 2023-24 but deserves to be taken seriously after what it pulled in a similar spot a season ago.

The Illini visited Assembly Hall on a sleepy Sunday afternoon last December and took the fifth-ranked Hoosiers down to the wire.

The Illini led in the final minute, largely thanks to a 33 point performance from first team All-Big Ten guard Makira Cook, but a huge Mackenzie Holmes layup bailed out Indiana with 37 ticks left. Indiana 65, Illinois 61.

The Hoosiers won the rematch in Champaign a couple weeks later as well.

This year’s Illini contine to lean on Cook. The senior led Illinois with 14 points in their Big Ten opener, a home defeat versus Michigan, and took 32% of the team’s field goal attempts (21/66) in their one point loss to Arkansas a week ago.

Cook runs the show in Champaign and is one of the most fun players to watch in the entire Big Ten.

Forward Kendall Bostic (6.6 rpg) and guard Genesis Bryant (15.2 ppg) are other names to know in orange and blue.

Opponents are shooting 41.5% (second to last in B1G) against Illinois this year and Indiana’s shot better than that in five of its last six. Given Cook’s potential to go off and the overall sleepiness of this time of year, however, I’m standing by my preseason prediction and calling this a potential trap game.