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Bulldogs head to Illinois for third-straight road game

Photo by: DSPics.com
Photo by: DSPics.com

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Bryant University women's basketball team is set to endure its third-straight road contest as they trek to Illinois for a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. 

THE PARTICULARS
Opponent:
Illinois
Location:
State Farm Center (Champaign, Ill.)
Game Time:
2 p.m. Central time | 3 p.m. Eastern time  
Watch Live:
Big Ten Network +
Live Stats:
Sidearm Stats
Game Notes:
Game 5 – Illinois
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SCOUTING THE FIGHTING ILLINI
Illinois is 3-1 so far this season recently falling to Illinois State, 74-58, in Champaign. The Fighting Illini have yet to play a road contest as they host Arkansas-Pine Bluff before welcoming Bryant to the State Farm Center. Illinois and Bryant share a common opponent in Holy Cross, and the Fighting Illini took the Crusaders into overtime outlasting them, 78-75.

Redshirt junior Petra Holešínská leads Illinois in scoring averaging 16.5 points a night, helping the Fighting Illini to a 40.8 percent field goal percentage. The 5-8 guard specializes in long-distance shooting netting 11 three's so far this season and ranks second in the Big Ten with 30 three-point attempts.

LAST TIME OUT: HOLY CROSS
For the fourth-straight game, the Bulldogs produced three double-figure scorers, but Bryant was unable to defeat Holy Cross in Worcester falling 87-75. Freshman Alana Perkins (Wauwatosa, Wis.) scored a career-best 21 points against the Crusaders shooting six-for-eight from three. Nicole Gallagher (Foxboro, Mass.) and Sydney Holloway (Morganton, W.Va.) each netted 17 points marking a season-high for Holloway.

The Bulldogs were outrebounded for the first time this season, 39-29.

CHEESE HEAD
Perkins led the Bulldogs at Holy Cross with a career-high 21 points. The rookie netted six three-pointers becoming the first Bulldog to net exactly six threes in a single game since Ivory Bailey in 2016.

THREE'S A COMPANY
The Bulldogs have posted three double-digit scorers in all four of their first games of the 2019-20 season. Holloway (13), Gallagher (11), and Trinity Bravo (Bridgeport, Conn.) (11) helped Bryant top Brown, while Stephanie Lesko (Rumson, N.J.) (13), Masey Zegarowski (Hamilton, Mass.) (11), and Brooke Bjelko (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) (10) contributed against New Hampshire. Most recently, Gallagher (21), Taty LaFrance Boyce (Norwich, Conn.) (14), and Bjelko (13) all posted double figures at Vermont. The Bulldogs continued at Holy Cross with three double-digit scorers for the fourth game in a row with Perkins (21), Holloway (17), and Gallagher (17).

UP NEXT: MINNESOTA
Bryant concludes its four-game road stretch right before Thanksgiving as they head to Minnesota for a 7 p.m. game on Tuesday, Nov. 24 on Big Ten Network +.