Maroon women’s basketball loses on the road 70-54 at North Park

Olariche Obi and Britta Nordstrom
Olariche Obi and Britta Nordstrom

CHICAGO – The University of Chicago women's basketball team went to the north side of Chicago on Saturday afternoon and came back with a 70-54 loss at North Park University.

The No. 19-ranked Maroons (5-2 record) are now 0-1 on the road after starting the season with six-straight home games. The Vikings improved to 6-2.

UChicago forward tandem of freshman Olariche Obi and junior Britta Nordstrom posted 15 points apiece, efficiently shooting a combined 62 percent (13-21) from the field. However, the Vikings pulled away late in the third quarter.

Obi has come out of the gates red hot this season and has proven to be an essential cog in the Maroon attack. After today's career high of 15, she has now scored in double digits in five of her first seven career college basketball games. Nordstrom continued her strong play, posting 16, 15 and 15 points in UChicago's last three games while shooting a sparkling 65 percent (22-34) from the field.

The Maroons took an early 6-2 lead before North Park's Amani Davis brought the Vikings roaring back with seven unanswered points.

For much of the first and second quarter, the Maroons hung with the home team, keeping the deficit to single digits. With 5:25 left in the second quarter, the Maroons cut the lead to one at 22-21. However, starting just before the four-minute park, NPU went on a 12-0 run to close the half with a 34-21 advantage. Nordstrom led the team at the half with six points and six different Maroons scored in that time.

UChicago came out of halftime strong with Nordstrom scoring four points in-a-row. The Maroons traded baskets with the Vikings for a few minutes before Obi, Nordstrom and senior guard Caitlin Moore got on a roll. They scored mainly on layups and free throws with one jump shot mixed in, cutting the lead to four with just north of three minutes left in the third quarter, trailing 42-38. The Vikings were able to buckle down to close out the quarter though, scoring six-straight points in a two-minute stretch. Junior guard Stephanie Anderson laid in a basket with 30 seconds left in the quarter to make the score 48-40.

In the fourth quarter, the Vikings came out aggressively, quickly stretching the lead to 12. From that point on, the home team did not allow the Maroons to get back within single digits and pulled away for the 70-54 win.

The Maroons shot 38.3 percent from the field versus 48.9 percent for the Vikings. The visitors struggled from beyond the arc and went 1-for-15 from three (6.7 percent). North Park also decisively won the free throw battle, making 22 of 28 (78.6 percent) while UChicago got to the line less frequently and converted 7 of 16 (43.8 percent).

The Maroons put up a great performance on the offensive glass with a 16-9 edge in that category. North Park was able to narrowly beat the visitors in overall rebounds at 34-33.

UChicago Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 38.3 percent (23-60)
Three-point Percentage – 6.7 percent (1-15)
Free-throw Percentage – 43.8 percent (7-16)
Olariche Obi (Forward, Fr.) – 15 points, 12 rebounds
Britta Nordstrom (Forward, Jr.) – 15 points, 3 rebounds
Caitlin Moore (Guard, Sr.) – 11 points, 3 rebounds

North Park Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 48.9 percent (23-47)
Three-point Percentage – 33.3 percent (2-6)
Free-throw Percentage – 78.6 percent (22-28)
Gabriella Sandoval – 16 points, 3 assists
Amani Davis – 14 points

NEXT GAME:

  • Friday, December 18 – UChicago at Pacific Lutheran University, 8 PM (PT)