5 years ago (2013): Alexis Jenkins swished a 17-footer from the right wing with 0.7 seconds remaining to lift the Illinois State women’s basketball team to a dramatic 57-56 Missouri Valley Conference victory over first-place Wichita State at Redbird Arena.
15 years ago (2003): Jason Bloom stole the ball at midcourt and slammed home his first dunk ever in competition, punctuating Normal Community’s 68-49 victory over Mattoon in the final game at Neuman Gym, home of NCHS basketball since 1967. The Ironmen move into a new building next season.
25 years ago (1993): Lincoln College’s Tiffany Hayes led five players in double figures with 17 points as the Lynx topped Lincoln Trail 76-53 in the first round of the Region 24 women’s basketball tournament at Lincoln.
50 years ago (1968): Normal Community added the city championship to its Corn Belt title by belting Central Catholic, 87-64. Ted Neuman canned 13 of 16 shots from the free-throw line in a 29-point effort. Mike Wells was the leading rebounder with 16.