Maroon women's basketball loses in high-scoring shootout 83-80 at unbeaten Carnegie Mellon

Stephanie Anderson and Caitlin Moore
Stephanie Anderson and Caitlin Moore

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The University of Chicago women's basketball team maintained pressure with its long-range prowess, but No. 21-ranked Carnegie Mellon University kept its perfect record intact by defeating the visitors 83-80 on Friday night.

With the win, the Tartans improved to 13-0 overall and 2-0 in the University Athletic Association (UAA) on the season. The loss dropped the Maroons to 8-5 (0-2 UAA). UChicago has already faced off against No. 11-ranked Washington University-St. Louis and No. 21-ranked CMU, with No. 4 New York University and No. 10 University of Rochester also on the schedule.

On offense, the Maroons relied on the three-headed attack of senior guard Caitlin Moore (14 points), sophomore guard Elizabeth Nye (15 points) and junior guard Stephanie Anderson (17 points). Carnegie Mellon junior center Lisa Murphy, who came into the game as the NCAA Division III scoring leader at 28.2 points per game, was held to 15 points while also grabbing 14 rebounds. Tartan junior guard Jackie Hudepohl posted her second-highest point total of the year, as she led all scorers with 25.

The home team came out sharp on offense, snatching a 10-5 lead, but UChicago came roaring back with a 12-0 run to take a seven-point lead with 3:31 left in the quarter. After the two sides exchanged runs, the Maroons took a 22-16 lead into the second quarter, with Moore providing 10 points. Driving to the basket diagonally, Moore used soft touch on floaters to finish the quarter 4 of 5 from the field.

Moore opened the second quarter with a jump shot to stretch her team's advantage to eight. Following two CMU free throws, Nye, who scored seven in the quarter, found the bottom of the net for the Maroons as she splashed home a three. At the 4:15 mark, sophomore guard Madison Dunbar hit a three to give UChicago its largest lead of the night at 34-23. However the Tartans fought all the way back to tie the contest at 38 going into the half.

The Tartans maintained their momentum and seized a 52-42 lead nearly halfway through the third quarter. Then Stephanie Anderson, sophomore guard Katie Anderson and junior forward Britta Nordstrom all scored multiple baskets, pulling the Maroons within two at 58-56. Katie Anderson's layup with four seconds left gave the Maroons a 62-60 edge going into the final quarter.

After Carnegie Mellon went ahead 69-64, the Maroons responded with 11-straight points, punctuated by a Dunbar trey, to take a 75-69 advantage with 5:15 left in the game. The Tartans then buckled down and scored 14 of the next 16 points grab the lead back 83-77 with only 16 seconds left. Stephanie Anderson made a three-pointer for the Maroons with one second remaining, and CMU's turnover off the inbounds gave the visitors one last chance with 0.4 seconds on the clock. But the final heave drew iron to end the contest.

The Maroons were active defensively, forcing 24 turnovers versus the 12 they committed, which included 14 steals. The Tartans, however, were able to use their size to grab a decisive 47-35 rebounding advantage.

UChicago was effective from three-point range, hitting a season-high 10 triples on 25 attempts (40 percent). Free throws proved crucial though as CMU made 21 from the charity stripe versus two for the Maroons.

UChicago Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 42.0 percent (34-81)
Three-point Percentage – 40.0 percent (10-25)
Free-throw Percentage – 25.0 percent (2-8)
Stephanie Anderson (Guard, Jr.) – 17 points, 6 assists, 4 steals, 4 rebounds
Elizabeth Nye (Guard, So.) – 15 points, 5 rebounds
Caitlin Moore (Guard, Sr.) – 14 points, 3 rebounds

Carnegie Mellon Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 49.2 percent (29-59)
Three-point Percentage – 28.6 percent (4-14)
Free-throw Percentage – 80.8 percent (21-26)
Jackie Hudepohl – 25 points, 12 rebounds, 4 blocks
Lisa Murphy – 15 points, 14 rebounds

NEXT GAME:

  • Sunday, January 17 – UChicago at Case Western Reserve University, 2 PM (ET)