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5 years ago (2013): Colleen McMahon posted a career-high 31 points including the game-winning layup with four seconds left to lift Illinois Wesleyan’s women’s basketball team to a 76-75 win over 25th-ranked Carthage.

15 years ago (2003): The Dallas Desperados beat the Chicago Rush 46-38 in the Arena Football League despite another good performance by Chicago quarterback Billy Dicken, a former star at Bloomington High School. Dicken was 10-of-23 passing for 150 yards and two touchdowns.

25 years ago (1993): Normal Community’s girls basketball team earned its first Big 12 Conference title since 1988-89 by overwhelming Stephen Decatur, 80-28, to finish the regular season with 14 straight victories and a 19-1 mark. Jenny Schmidt scored 23 points and Stacey Mackey added 14.

50 years ago (1968): Illinois State’s nationally ranked basketball team moved a step closer to the Interstate Conference championship with a thrilling 69-65 overtime victory over Central Michigan. Dandy guard Jerry McGreal scored three of the Redbirds’ final four points to lead the victory.

From Pages Past compiled by Jeff Findley from Pantagraph files.

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