Illini Women Come Up Short In Bid For 1st Win At Maryland

(From Illinois Sports Information Office)

January 20, 2024

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – All five starters finished in double figures for the second consecutive game, though it was not enough in Illinois' 90-82 road loss to Maryland at the XFINITY Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Fighting Illini saw their two-game winning streak come to an end, though they went a perfect 16-for-16 from the free-throw line, which set a new program record for most makes while shooting 100% from the charity stripe.

Playing a career-high-tying 35 minutes, Camille Hobby tallied 12 points in the first half before finishing with 18 points, one shy of her season-best tally. Hitting double figures for the third straight game, Hobby also totaled seven rebounds, including two on the offensive glass, and a career-high four steals.

Genesis Bryant knocked down three 3-pointers for the sixth time this season en route to a team-high 19 points, the eighth time in her last nine appearances she has hit double figures. Bryant also grabbed four rebounds and dished out five assists, one short of her season-high mark, while going a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line.

Adalia McKenzie scored eight of her 12 points in the first half, while two of her three rebounds came on the offensive glass. McKenzie also amassed two assists, the fourth time in her last five games she has notched multiple helpers, and one steal.

Makira Cook registered 13 points, marking the 11th time in her 14 games this season that she has reached double figures. Cook also secured three assists, one rebound, and one steal.

Kendall Bostic, who equaled her career-best mark with 38 minutes of action, accumulated 13 points, eight rebounds, three assists, which was one shy of her best mark of the season, and one block. Bostic has now scored in double digits in nine of the last 10 games.

Gretchen Dolan finished her afternoon with seven points and two assists off the bench while playing a career-high 28 minutes.

Illinois (8-9, 2-5 B1G) begins a two-game homestand on Thursday, when the Illini hold its Pack the House game against No. 18 Ohio State. Tipoff from State Farm Center is slated for 6 p.m. CT on Peacock.

POSTGAME NOTES

Player Notes

  • Adalia McKenzie tallied 12 points on 6-for-11 shooting, while grabbing 3 rebounds and dishing out a pair of assists.
    • McKenzie has scored double-digits in back-to-back games and is up to eight double-digit efforts on the season.
  • Kendall Bostic scored 13 points while grabbing 8 rebounds to go along with 3 assists and a block.
    • The forward reached double figures for the ninth time in her last 10 appearances and for the 14th time this season.
    • Bostic made a 3-pointer for the second straight game, the third such streak of her college career.
    • The senior played a season-high 38 minutes – the third time matching her career-high.
  • Camille Hobby finished the contest shooting 8-of-11 from the field with 18 points.
    • She led all Illini at the half with 12 points and 5 rebounds.
    • Hobby tallied a career-high four steals.
    • The 35 minutes played matched her career-high achieved during her time at NC State.
  • Genesis Bryant led all Illinois players with 19 points and five assists.
    • The guard finished in double figures for the eighth time in the last nine games and for the 12th time overall this season.
  • Makira Cook added 13 points and three assists in the contest for her third straight game posting double figures.
    • Cook has tallied double figures in 11 of her 14 appearances this season.
  • Brynn Shoup-Hill was the first Illini off the bench followed by Gretchen Dolan at the next break.
    • Shoup-Hill tallied a block in the outing, marking the fourth straight game with a swat.
    • Dolan scored all seven of the Fighting Illini's bench points.
      • The freshman recorded a new career-high in minutes played for the second straight game at 28.

Team Notes

  • Illinois won the tip, and Camille Hobby opened the scoring with an offensive board and layup on Illinois' first possession.
  • All five starters finished in double figures for the second consecutive game.
  • Illinois has now scored at least 18 points in each of the last 12 quarters.
  • Illinois posted 30 field goals in the game, marking the third straight contest with 30-or-more makes from the field. The tally was also the sixth time this year the team scored 30-or-more shots from the field.
  • Illinois went a perfect 16-for-16 from the charity stripe in the loss. The perfect free-throw percentage was the sixth time an Illini team has achieved such a feat and the fourth time the accomplishment happened against a Big Ten foe, with the last taking place against Ohio State on Feb. 17, 2019.
    • The team's 16 makes are their most in program history when also shooting 100% from the free-throw line.

Misc. Notes

  • Starters: Makira CookGenesis BryantAdalia McKenzieKendall BosticCamille Hobby
    • This lineup is now 3-2 on the season.
  • Shauna Green is now:
    • 30-19 at Illinois
    • 157-69 as a Division I coach
    • 186-94 overall
  • Illinois vs. Maryland: 0-15 (15th meeting)
  • Illinois is now 2-2 when wearing blue uniforms this season.
  • UI is now 1-4 in true road games this season.
  • The Illini are now 4-8 in games starting before 5 p.m. CT this season.
  • The Illini are now 2-3 in January.

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