Bryant hits key 3, No. 21 Illini women hold off Northwestern

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Genesis Bryant hit a clutch 3-pointer with 18.8 seconds left and scored 18 points, Kendall Bostic had a double-double, and No. 21 Illinois held off Northwestern 67-64. Makira Cook added 14 points, including two free throws with two seconds, left as the Illini handed the Wildcats their eighth-straight loss. Illinois was up 62-54 when Bostic made a layup with 1:35 to play but the Wildcats got two quick 3s to cut the deficit to 62-60 with 47.5 seconds to go. That’s when Bryant hit a stepback 3 just before the shotclock expired. But a foul and a offensive rebound led to four points, making Cook’s free throws critical.

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