2009–10 Illinois Fighting Illini women's basketball team

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2009-10 Illinois Fighting Illini women's basketball
Fighting Illini logo.svg
Cal Poly Holiday Beach Classic champions
Conference Big Ten
2009-10 record 7-1 (0-0 Big 10)
Head coach Jolette Law
Assistant coach Tamika Louis
Assistant coach Patrick Klein
Home arena Assembly Hall
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2010-11 →
2009–10 Big Ten women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#8 Ohio State 15 3   .833     31 5   .861
#24 Michigan State 12 6   .667     23 10   .697
Wisconsin 10 8   .556     21 11   .656
Iowa 10 8   .556     20 14   .588
Purdue 9 9   .500     15 17   .469
Michigan 8 10   .444     20 13   .606
Penn State 8 10   .444     17 14   .548
Illinois 7 11   .389     19 14   .576
Northwestern 7 11   .389     18 15   .545
Indiana 7 11   .389     14 16   .467
Minnesota 6 12   .333     13 17   .433
2010 Big Ten Tournament winner
As of 3-27-2010; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009–10 Illinois Fighting Illini women's basketball team will represent the University of Illinois in the 2009–10 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. It will be the 36th year of Illinois women's basketball. The Fighting Illini are a member of the Big 10 and will attempt to win their second Big Ten Championship and the NCAA championship.


  • June 29: The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics marketing and promotions department recently placed first in the Single-Day Attendance Promotion. This was awarded by the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) for the 2008-09 season. The award was for the World's Biggest Basketball Practice promotion, held at Memorial Stadium on Oct. 11, 2008 following the Fighting Illini's sold-out football game against Minnesota.

At the event, the Illinois men's and women's basketball teams held their first practice of the season immediately following the football game on a specially constructed outdoor court in the stadium's South end zone. Over 60,000 fans witnessed the practice, which also helped raise more than $20,000 for Coaches vs. Cancer. The World's Biggest Basketball Practice marked the largest crowd ever for a men's basketball practice and is the highest attendance to witness any women's basketball event. This honor marks the third year in a row that the Illinois marketing department has been awarded gold by NACMA for a Single-Day Attendance promotion.[1]

  • July 2: Lisa Cermignano was hired as an assistant coach. Cermignano has 11 years of Division I coaching experience, including the last three as an assistant at Vanderbilt University. She fills the vacancy on Law's staff left by Karen Middleton, who recently became the head coach at Western Carolina University. Cermignano served as the team's defensive coordinator, and was part of Vanderbilt's recruiting efforts. In three seasons at VU, she helped lead the Commodores to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including two Sweet 16s (2008 and '09), and two Southeastern Conference (SEC) tournament titles (2007 and '09).[2]
  • July 29: University of Illinois incoming freshman Destiny Williams has helped lead Team USA to a berth in the quarterfinals at the 2009 FIBA Women's U19 World Championships in Bangkok.[3]
  • July 30: The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), on behalf of the Wade Coalition, announced the 2009-2010 preseason "Wade Watch" list for The State Farm Wade Trophy Division I Player of the Year. University of Illinois senior Jenna Smith is one of 25 named to the list,[4] which is made up of top NCAA Division I student-athletes who best embody the spirit of Lily Margaret Wade. This is based on the following criteria: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability.
  • August 21: The 2009-10 preseason candidates list for the Women’s Wooden Award was released, naming 31 student athletes. Jenna Smith from Illinois was one of the candidates.[5]


Date Opponent Location Time Score
11/08/09 vs. Lewis (Exhibition) Assembly Hall TBA 75-40

Regular season[edit]

  • The Fighting Illini will compete in the Cal Poly Holiday Beach Classic on November 28 and 29.


Jenna Smith was an all Big 10 selection the previous two seasons. Destiny Williams transferred to Baylor on January 20.[6] The six incoming freshmen are ranked as the No. 3 recruiting class by ESPN HoopGurlz.[7] Destiny Williams is a McDonald’s All-American.

Number Name Height Position Class
00 Karisma Penn 6-2 Forward Freshman
1 Whitney Toone 5-10 Forward Senior
3 Fabiola Josil 5-7 Guard Sophomore
11 Eboni Mitchell 5-7 Guard Sophomore
12 Lydia McCully 5-9 Guard Sophomore
13 Jenna Smith 6-3 Center Senior
21 Macie Blinn 5-11 Guard Sophomore
22 Lacey Simpson 6-1 Forward Senior
24 Adrienne Godbold 5-11 Guard Freshman
34 Lana Rukavina 6-3 Forward Sophomore
42 Amber Moore 5-11 Guard Freshman
44 Kersten Magrum 6-1 Forward Freshman
50 Brianna Jones 6-2 Forward Freshman



Date Opponent Location Time Score
11/13/09 at Temple Philadelphia, Pa. 7:00 p.m. ET L 82-78 (OT)
11/15/09 vs. Siena Assembly Hall TBA W 85-53
11/18/09 vs. Central Michigan Assembly Hall TBA W 77-59
11/22/09 vs. Bradley Assembly Hall TBA W 67-45
11/24/09 at Illinois State Normal, Ill. 7:00 p.m. CT W 62-51
11/28/09 at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Calif. 2:00 p.m. PT W 56-47
11/29/09 vs. Alabama San Luis Obispo, Calif. 2:00 p.m. PT W 64-55
12/02/09 at Wake Forest Winston-Salem, N.C. TBA W 65-50
12/09/09 vs. Marquette Assembly Hall TBA-Big Ten Network
12/19/09 vs. Oakland Assembly Hall TBA
12/28/09 vs. Ohio State * Assembly Hall TBA
12/31/09 vs. Penn State * Assembly Hall TBA
01/03/10 vs. Wisconsin * Assembly Hall TBA
01/07/10 at Indiana * Bloomington, Ind. TBA
01/10/10 vs. Minnesota * Assembly Hall 3:30 p.m. CT-BTN
01/14/10 at Ohio State * Columbus, Ohio TBA
01/17/10 at Wisconsin * Madison, Wis. TBA
01/21/10 vs. Iowa * Assembly Hall TBA
01/24/10 at Penn State * University Park, Pa. TBA
01/28/10 vs. Michigan * Assembly Hall TBA
01/31/10 at Minnesota * Minneapolis, Minn. TBA
02/04/10 at Purdue * West Lafayette, Ind. TBA
02/07/10 vs. Indiana * Assembly Hall TBA
02/11/10 vs. Northwestern * Assembly Hall TBA
02/14/10 at Iowa * Iowa City, Iowa TBA
02/18/10 at Michigan State * East Lansing, Mich. TBA
02/21/10 vs. Purdue * Assembly Hall 4:00 p.m. CT-BTN
02/28/10 at Northwestern Evanston, Ill. TBA


Player stats[edit]

Player Games Played Minutes Field Goals Three Pointers Free Throws Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals Points


Big Ten tournament[edit]

Date Opponent Location Time Score
03/04/10 First Round Indianapolis, Ind. TBA

NCAA Basketball tournament[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

Preseason All-Big Ten Coaches Team[edit]


Preseason All-Big Ten Media Team[edit]

  • Jenna Smith, Sr., F, ILL


Team players drafted into the WNBA[edit]

Round Pick Player WNBA Club

See also[edit]


External links[edit]