Dallas Breaks Illinois' All-Time Rebounding Record

<b>Evanston, IL –</b> With the game under control for the Illini late in the second half, Cindy Dallas was stuck on seven rebounds, which tied Jonelle Polk's mark of 933 rebounds. One minute to play and the shot is up, no good; the rebound is pulled down by Cindy Dallas No. 934 in her career, an Illinois all-time record. That's how the story went for Dallas and the Illini Thursday night as the Illini sealed up the 76-52 victory over the Northwestern Wildcats with the magnificent milestone.

"It was the hardest eight rebounds of my life," Dallas said. "I'm just glad the record is over now and I don't have to worry anymore about it." The record was the second oldest in the books, standing 17 years. Dallas has led the Big Ten in rebounding the last two seasons and appears to be in the drivers seat for a third. She ended the night with 13 points going 6-9 from the field and insists that the winning ways continue.

"It's one (the record) of those things I'll appreciate more at the end of the season," Dallas said. "Right now, the important thing is were winning."

The Illini were led by Tiffanie Guthrie who ended the night with 26 points on 11 of 18 shooting. She also led the Illini with nine rebounds. Angelina Williams poured in 12 points, along with Erin Wigley who added 15 points for the second consecutive game.

Northwestern didn't have the answers for the Illini on this night as Illinois raced out early and held a 34-23 lead at the break. The second half was more of the same for the Wildcats as Illinois shot 53 percent in the half and crashed the boards like it was nobody's business. Illinois never trailed in the game and never faced a threat from a Wildcats team who was playing with a lot of confidence coming off a close loss at No. 5 Penn State.

Illinois dominated the post throughout the game scoring 40 points in the paint. The Wildcats could never gain any momentum as Illinois stifled them with repeated put-backs coming off the excessive amount offensive rebounds. Illinois grabbed 21 offensive rebounds compared to nine for Northwestern. The Orange and Blue ended the contest with a 41-28 edge on the glass.

Northwestern was led by center Sarah Kwasinski who had 12 points and six rebounds. The only other Wildcat in double figures was Melissa Culver with 11 points who was 3-4 shooting from beyond the arc.

Illinois will hit the road again this weekend as they travel to Bloomington, Ind. to take on the Indiana Hoosiers on Sunday at 1 p.m. CST.


Story courtesy the University of Illinois


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