MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Western Illinois University has awarded more master's degrees, on average, than any other school nationally.
The school announced Thursday that the American Physical...
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Western Illinois University has laid off 132 employees due to budget difficulties.
Officials at the Macomb school say 29 faculty members, 89 civil service workers, a...
WIU history professor examines dockworkers’ power in book
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — A Western Illinois University history professor has published a book on the power dockworkers have shown over time in the struggle for racial equality and social-justice...
Webster, Young lift W. Illinois past Oral Roberts 75-66
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Kobe Webster had 13 points to lead five Western Illinois players in double figures as the Leathernecks defeated Oral Roberts 75-66 on Saturday night. Zion Young added 12 points...
W. Illinois looks to end streak vs Oral Roberts
Oral Roberts (10-19, 6-8) vs. Western Illinois (8-18, 3-10)
Western Hall, Macomb, Illinois; Saturday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Oral Roberts looks to extend Western Illinois's conference...
WIU enrollment down almost 14 percent at Macomb campus
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — New enrollment data from Western Illinois University shows the number of students attending classes this semester at the Macomb campus fell by almost 14 percent compared with a...
No. 25 South Dakota women win 10th straight, top W Illinois
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Hannah Sjerven scored 20 points and No. 25 South Dakota celebrated its first appearance in the Top 25 on Saturday with an 83-61 win over Western Illinois for the Coyotes' second 10-game winning streak of the season.
Ciara Duffy and Chloe Lamb combined for 35 points, going 7 of 12 from 3-point range for South Dakota (23-3, 11-1 Summit League).
Burch-Manning carries South Dakota past W. Illinois 80-67
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Trey Burch-Manning had 20 points as South Dakota beat Western Illinois 80-67 on Saturday.
Stanley Umude had 17 points and seven rebounds for South Dakota (10-15, 4-8 Summit League), which broke its four-game losing streak. Triston Simpson added 13 points. Tyler Peterson had 11 points and six rebounds for the visiting team.
Geu with 22 leads North Dakota St. past W. Illinois 78-76
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Deng Geu scored 22 points off the bench and North Dakota State edged Western Illinois 78-76 on Saturday night.
Geu was 8 of 12 from the field including three from distance for the Bison (11-12, 5-4 Summit League). Vinnie Shahid added 15 points and Tyree Eady and Cameron Hunter chipped in 10 apiece.
Stewart’s free throws win it for North Dakota
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Marlon Stewart made two free throws with 1.6 seconds left to lift North Dakota to a 74-73 victory over Western Illinois on Friday.
Stewart was fouled on a 3-point attempt. He made the first free throw, missed the second and made the third. A half-court heave by Western Illinois wasn't close.
The Leathernecks trailed by 10 with 10:38 to play but grabbed their first lead since 8:03 of the first half on Kobe Webster's 3-pointer with 16 seconds remaining.
Duff scores 30; Western Illinois beats Purdue Fort Wayne
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — C.J. Duff hit eight 3-pointers and scored 30 points —both career highs — and Kobe Webster added 16 points and seven assists to help Western Illinois beat Purdue Fort Wayne 87-58 Saturday night.
Omaha takes down W. Illinois behind 22 pts from Jackson
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Zach Jackson scored 22 points and KJ Robinson scored 18 and Omaha won its third straight in beating Western Illinois 80-71 on Thursday night.
Brett Barney's 3-pointer capped a 20-10 run to give the Mavericks (10-8, 4-1 Summit League) a 40-28 lead with 2:19 before halftime. Omaha led 45-33 at the break and held on to its double-digit lead until Isaac Johnson's layup provided the game's final margin.
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Webster scores 22 as W. Illinois wins Summit opener 78-60.
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Kobe Webster scored 22 points with four assists, leading five players into double-digit scoring and Western Illinois won its Summit League opener, toppling Denver 78-60 on Sunday.
Ben Pyle scored 15 points for Western Illinois (6-9, 1-0). C.J. Duff and Jordan Hughes 11 each and Isaac Johnson 10. Hughes also pulled down 11 rebounds for his first career double-double.
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Jenkins scores 23, South Dakota St routs W Illinois 100-58
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — David Jenkins scored all 23 of his points in the first half, Mike Daum had a double-double and South Dakota State cruised past Western Illinois 100-58 in the Summit League opener on Friday.
Daum had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the Jackrabbits (11-5) had six players in double figures.
Western Illinois snaps four-game losing streak
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — C.J. Duff had season highs of five 3-pointers and 17 points, Brandon Gilbeck posted a double-double and added six blocks to his nation-leading total and Western Illinois rolled past Chicago State 81-52 on Thursday.
Duff made 5 of 7 from the arc with the Leathernecks (5-8) shooting 42 percent (10 of 24) from distance and 51 percent overall in snapping a four-game losing streak.
Eastern Illinois roars back to beat Western Illinois, 76-65
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Josiah Wallace scored 18 points and Eastern Illinois came from nine points down at halftime to beat Western Illinois for the second time this season, 76-65 on Saturday night.
Eastern Illinois now has won back-to-back games after a three-game losing streak.
Webster, Johnson combine for 42, W. Illinois cruises 83-58
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Kobe Webster and Isaac Johnson combined for 42 points, Brandon Gilbeck added 10 points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots and Western Illinois led all the way, defeating SIU-Edwardsville 83-58 Wednesday night.
Western Illinois (3-4) shot 58 percent from the floor, making 29 of 50 shots with 12 3-pointers and 15 assists. The Leathernecks offense was especially potent after halftime, with 15-of-24 shooting (62.5 percent), and 64 percent from distance, 7 of 11.
Nunez FG lifts Indiana State past Western Illinois, 15-13
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Jerry Nunez delivered a 27-yard field goal as time expired to give Indiana State its fifth straight win, a 15-13 victory over Western Illinois in the final Missouri Valley Conference game of the season Saturday.
The Sycamores finished the regular season 7-4 and ranked No. 23 in the Football Championship Subdivision and now await an at-large postseason berth.
Gilbeck leads Western Illinois in 95-56 win over Dominican
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Seven-footer Brandon Gilbeck scored 19 points and blocked four shots, Isaac Johnson added 18 points and Western Illinois never trailed in beating Division III Dominican (Ill.) 95-56 on Wednesday night.
Freshman Ben Pyle and Zion Young scored 12 points apiece and Kobe Webster had 11 for the Leathernecks (2-1), who forced 22 turnovers and shot 55.9 percent from the field to the Stars' 38.2 percent.
Western Illinois beats Div.-III North Park 84-56
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Kobe Webster scored 21 points with eight rebounds and four assists and Western Illinois beat Division-III North Park University 84-56 on Saturday.
Webster was 8 of 18 from the field including three 3-pointers for the Leathernecks (1-1). Isaac Johnson added 14 points a led the team with nine rebounds. C. J. Duff also had 14 points with four rebounds and three steals and Ben Pyle and James Claar each had 11 points.
Cunningham has 31, No. 16 Mizzou women top W Illinois 89-64
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Sophie Cunningham scored 31 points and No. 16 Missouri opened the season Tuesday night with an 89-64 win over Western Illinois.
Lauren Aldridge and Amber Smith added 14 points apiece for the Tigers, who scored the first four points of the game and never trailed.
Annabel Graettinger and Olivia Kaufmann had 18 points apiece for the Leathernecks.
McGuire, LeSure lead Western Illinois past N. Iowa 37-17
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Sean McGuire threw for two touchdowns, both to Isaiah LeSure, and Western Illinois beat Northern Iowa 37-17 on Saturday.
McGuire had 300 yards passing for the Leathernecks (4-4, 3-2 Missouri Valley Football Conference). LeSure finished with 164 yards receiving. Max Norris had two rushing touchdowns and Steve McShane ran for a score.
N. Dakota St. forces 5 turnovers, beats W. Illinois 34-7
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — The North Dakota State defense forced five turnovers, including Dan Marlette's 38-yard scoop-and-score, to help the Bison beat Western Illinois 34-7 on Saturday night.
Easton Stick was 11-of-20 passing for 123 yards, including a 22-yard TD pass to Darrius Shepherd, with no interceptions. Shepherd finished with five receptions for 67 yards and Lance Dunn 64 yards rushing and a scored on 15 carries for NDSU (6-0, 3-0).
Western Illinois holds off Youngstown State 45-38
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Sean McGuire threw for 324 yards and four touchdowns to help Western Illinois beat Youngstown State 45-38 in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both teams on Saturday.
The Leathernecks (2-2) scored back-to-back TDs — the second after a Penguins fumble — to lead 45-24 in the middle of the fourth quarter.
McGuire with 3 TDs leads W. Illinois past Montana 31-27
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Sean McGuire threw for three touchdowns and Eric Carrera's late interception preserved the lead as Western Illinois edged Montana 31-27 on Saturday.
Western Illinois University sees enrollment decline
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Western Illinois University officials are considering how to address the university's declining student enrollment.
Combined enrollment at the Macomb and Moline campuses dropped from 11,700 students in 2013 to about 9,400 students in the fall of 2017, the Quad-City Times reported .
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say 41 small animals were found dead inside a closed pet store in western Illinois where the electricity had been disconnected.
Macomb Police Chief Curt Barker said Tuesday that police received a complaint on Saturday about Macomb Pet Land, where officers faced an overwhelming smell of dead animals and ammonia. The dead animals included rabbits, hamsters, snakes and mice. No dogs or cats died.
Barker says 56 animals were found alive and placed in foster care.
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Western Illinois University is among the first U.S. colleges to offer a minor in stage combat.
The department of theatre and dance will begin offering the program this fall.
Department Chair Tammy Killian says performers who have the ability to act out conflicts in a way that's safe and realistic "are a huge advantage" to professional theater companies. She says the intensive study will give WIU students a big advantage in the competitive theatre world.
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — A group of teachers and administrators from Myanmar has wrapped up a month-long visit to Illinois.
Twenty-six educators participated in the Educational Leadership Institute, a partnership between Western Illinois University and the International language and Business Centre of Myanmar that started in 2014.
Educators attended classes and seminars to improve teaching methodology and leadership skills. They also visited elementary and secondary schools in the Macomb region.
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Western Illinois University has opened a student food pantry after a survey showed a large number of students skipping meals or going hungry.
The university says the pantry opened Thursday and will be available to any student regardless of income.
A group of students studying diet and nutrition sent out a campus survey last year to gauge interest in a food bank. They found that nearly half of students who responded had reported going hungry in the past month.
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — The board of trustees at Western Illinois University has voted to keep costs for the 2018-2019 school year at current levels.
The decision at a board meeting Friday means undergraduate tuition will stay the same for the third year in a row. The tuition rate for incoming undergraduate students is set at just over $8,500 annually.
The graduate tuition will be the same for the fourth straight year. Room- and meal-plan rates also remain the same for the second consecutive year.
‘Hometown Headlines’ Q&A: Salvation Army administrators live up to their Corps beliefs
DeShawn and Christal Johnson, 41 and 40, of Sterling, have been with with the Salvation Army since 2005, first in Macomb, then Iowa City, Iowa, and Springfield, gradually taking on more responsibility and becoming more involved.
Denver finishes strong, routs Western Illinois 89-52
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Joe Rosga knocked down five 3-pointers and scored 27 points to help spark Denver to an 89-52 win over Western Illinois in the Summit League regular season finale Saturday night.
Denver ended its regular season on a four-game win streak. The Pioneers entered Saturday's game tied with Fort Wayne for third, but the Mastodons lost to South Dakota State, 97-90 to fall to fourth.
Johnson and Webster put up double-doubles in WIU win
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Isaac Johnson had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Kobe Webster had 15 and 10 to lead Western Illinois to an 82-74 win over North Dakota State on Thursday night.
Delvin Ancrum scored 23 for the Leathernecks (12-14, 3-10 Summit League), who led wire-to-wire, including jumping out to a 10-0 lead to open the game.
Ancrum leads Western Illinois’ 82-56 romp over Oral Roberts
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Dalan Ancrum scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds as Western Illinois snapped a four-game losing streak by thumping Oral Roberts, 82-56 in a Summit League contest Saturday afternoon.
Ancrum's jumper put the Leathernecks in front for good, 10-9, four minutes into the game and drilled a 3 midway through the half for a 22-12 advantage.
Hagedorn leads South Dakota past Western Illinois 80-54
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Tyler Hagedorn scored 19 points and pulled down nine rebounds, Matt Mooney added 12 points and eight boards and South Dakota cruised to an 80-54 win at Western Illinois on Thursday night.
South Dakota took a 4-2 lead on a Hagedorn layup before the game was two minutes old, stretched it to as many as 31 four times and sent all 14 players into the game.
South Dakota State routs Western Illinois 98-70
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — David Jenkins Jr. scored 27 points to lead seven in double-figure scoring as South Dakota State remained undefeated in the Summit League with a 98-70 rout of Western Illinois on Saturday night.
South Dakota State (17-5, 5-0) has won eight straight and 10 of its last 11 games.
Webster’s jumper in OT lifts W Illinois over Fort Wayne
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Kobe Webster scored 24 points with four 3-pointers and hit the winning basket with 1.1 seconds left in overtime, and Western Illinois rallied from 10 points down to beat Fort Wayne 75-74 on Wednesday night.
Omaha gets 1st Summit win, beats Western Illinois, 87-66
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Lamar Wofford-Humphrey and Zach Jackson each scored 18 points and Omaha won a battle of previously winless Summit League teams with an 87-66 win over Western Illinois on Thursday night.
Omaha had its five-game home win streak snapped by South Dakota State last week has now won three of its last five.
J.T. Gibson hit a 3 with 10:08 left in the first half to give Omaha a 10-point lead it pushed to as many as 15 before taking a 42-30 advantage into intermission.
Ancrum scores 17 as W. Illinois tops Lincoln Christian 91-57
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Dalan Ancrum scored 17 points with eight rebounds and six assists as five players reached double-digit scoring and Western Illinois cruised past NAIA member Lincoln Christian 91-57 on Sunday.
Kobe Webster hit a 3-pointer as Western Illinois (8-4) led from the opening tip. Lincoln Christian came as close as 9-7 before another Webster 3-pointer made it 20-9.
Western Illinois beats Milwaukee 90-69
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Kobe Webster made 5 of 8 from 3-point range and scored 21 on Saturday night to help Western Illinois beat Milwaukee 90-69.
Brandon Gilbeck had his third double-double of the season with 17 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks and the Leathernecks (7-2) led the entire way in winning their third in the last four.
Western Illinois drubs American 69-56
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Brandon Gilbeck scored 17 points with 13 rebounds for his third double-double this season and Western Illinois beat American University 69-56 on Wednesday night.
Kobe Webster added 15 points with six assists and C.J. Duff had 10 points. Western Illinois averaged 56.5 percent shooting from the floor compared to 36 percent for American and had a 37-25 rebounding edge.
Miami (Ohio) beats Western Illinois 76-73 in 2OT
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Darrian Ringo sank a 3-pointer with three seconds remaining and Miami (Ohio) beat Western Illinois 76-73 in double overtime on Saturday night.
Logan McLane made a layup in the second overtime that gave the RedHawks a 69-68 edge with 3:11 to go. They never trailed after that and Ringo's 3 sealed the win.
Webster, Ancrum lead Western Illinois over IUPUI 90-77
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Kobe Webster scored 27 points, Dalan Ancrum added 19 and Western Illinois rolled to a 90-77 victory over IUPUI on Tuesday night.
Webster made 10 of 14 field goals, including 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point range, and had eight assists. Ancrum was 8 of 10 from the floor and made three 3-pointers. Jalen Morgan chipped in 13 points for Western Illinois (5-1), which bounced back from a 70-45 loss at Iowa State on Nov. 25, and are 4-0 at home.
Western Illinois pummels Calvary, 102-25, for 3rd win
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Brandon Gilbeck scored 22 points, hitting 10 of his 11 shots from the field, as Western Illinois blasted Calvary University, 102-25 on Saturday night.
Calvary, from Kansas City, Mo., competes in the Association of Christian College Athletics, which has just 16 member schools across the United States.
Western Illinois raced to a 53-8 lead in the first half and outscored the Warriors 49-17 in the second half.
Western Illinois boosts playoff bid with 28-14 win over SIU
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Wideout Jaelon Acklin caught a touchdown pass in setting a school record and ran for another, and Western Illinois beat Southern Illinois 28-14 on Saturday.
The Leathernecks (8-3, 5-3 Missouri Valley Football Conference), ranked in the FCS top 10, are hopeful for a playoff bid when the field is announced Sunday. The victory also cut into the Salukis' recent dominance in the series with Southern Illinois (4-7, 2-6) having won 13 of the last 15 meetings coming into Saturday.
Ancrum leads Western Illinois over Eastern Illinois 56-54
MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — Dalan Ancrum scored 21 points, including three 3-pointers in the final five minutes, and grabbed 11 boards to give Western Illinois a 56-54 victory over Eastern Illinois Wednesday night.
The Leathernecks (2-0) were down by seven with 4:53 to play when Ancrum sank three unanswered 3-pointers followed by a pair of free throws to put his team on top 56-52 with 55 seconds remaining.