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The University of Illinois Springfield women's basketball team tips off the season Friday at the Midwest Region Crossover.

The Prairie Stars return from their best Great Lake Valley Conference season record in program history. The 10-11 record is also the second best winning percentage in the NCAA era.

"A lot of the kids that were here last year were just kind of figuring it out because they were new to our system and new to what we were doing," UIS women's basketball head coach Casey Thousand said. "With them coming back and putting in some great hours this summer and really training and doing some good things, we're excited with what we can do, with where we can go."

This article appeared on WICS Newschannel 20 on Nov. 11, 2021.

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