Despite Nye's 22 points, UChicago women's basketball falls at Washington-St. Louis 80-63

Elizabeth Nye
Elizabeth Nye

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – In the conference opener, the University of Chicago women's basketball team fell behind early and couldn't recover in an 80-63 loss at No. 11-ranked Washington University-St. Louis on Saturday.

The Maroons dropped to 8-4 overall and 0-1 in the University Athletic Association (UAA). The Bears improved to 10-2 overall, 1-0 in conference.

WashU had senior guard Jordan Thompson and junior forward Lily Sarros post season highs in points with 18 and 16, respectively. Coming off Monday's huge 41-point victory over IIT, UChicago sophomore guard Elizabeth Nye led the way with an economic 22 points on 7-for-11 shooting. Junior guard Stephanie Anderson contributed in multiple facets of the game with 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

The home team exploded out of the gate, seizing a 13-0 lead with just over four minutes gone in the first quarter. Anderson got the Maroons on the board with a jumper at the 4:21 mark, but the Bears remained hot, stretching their lead to 19-3. UChicago found some traction when they finished the opening quarter on a strong 8-2 run, narrowing the deficit to 10.

The Maroons pulled within five, 23-18, at the 6:20 mark in the second quarter behind a Nye three-pointer. Nye poured in nine of her points from behind the arc, connecting on three of six treys in the game. With the nationally-ranked Bears catching fire again, the Maroons continued to go to Nye for an offensive spark and she delivered, scoring nine points in the quarter. WashU went into halftime with a 40-28 lead.

With 4:04 left in the third quarter, junior forward Britta Nordstrom brought the Maroons within seven at 50-43. However, that was close as the Maroons would get. The Bears lead by double digits for the entire fourth quarter after closing the final four minutes of the third quarter on a 14-5 run.

The Bears impressed with their three-point shooting, shooting 9-for-20 (45 percent) on Saturday afternoon. The Maroons outscored the Bears in the paint, 32-24, and in transition, 9-0. But WashU led rebounds (38-37), turnovers (16-19) and bench points (38-8).

UChicago Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 38.6 percent (22-57)
Three-point Percentage – 31.3 percent (5-16)
Free-throw Percentage – 63.6 percent (14-22)
Elizabeth Nye (Guard, So.) – 22 points, 5 steals, 5 rebounds, 4 assists
Stephanie Anderson (Guard, Jr.) – 10 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists

Washington-St. Louis Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 44.4 percent (28-63)
Three-point Percentage – 45.0 percent (9-20)
Free-throw Percentage – 75.0 percent (15-20)
Jordan Thompson – 18 points, 3 blocks
Lily Sarros – 16 points, 9 rebounds
Natalie Orr – 13 points, 5 rebounds

NEXT GAME:

  • Friday, January 15 – UChicago at Carnegie Mellon University, 6 PM (ET)