CHICAGO – A big second quarter by the visitors proved too large to overcome as the University of Chicago women's basketball team lost to Wheaton College 76-60 on Wednesday evening.
In a matchup of nationally-ranked teams, the No. 25-ranked Maroons fell to 4-1 while the No. 19-ranked Thunder improved to 4-1.
The home team led 7-2 early and finished the first quarter with 13-9 lead, as UChicago's active defense flustered Wheaton. However, the tide turned abruptly in the second quarter. The Thunder started out with 10 unanswered points to take the lead and then closed the half on a 13-1 run. The visitors found success with kick outs off penetration that set up open three-pointers in the corners. Wheaton converted regularly, hitting 9 of 18 in the game from deep (50 percent).
The Maroons got shots they wanted in close, only to see many attempts rim out and draw iron. UChicago was unable to cut the deficit to single digits despite increased offensive efficiency in the second half. A combination of turnovers and poor shooting ultimately sank the home team. UChicago shot a season-low 35.5 percent from the field and turned the ball over 23 times.
Junior guard Elizabeth Nye provided a spark off the bench, flying aggressively into the lane on drives and spotting up from the outside. She scored a team-high 16 points with five rebounds, three assists and three steals.
UChicago's defense was most effective down low, as the Maroons blocked eight shots. Freshman guard Miranda Burt (9 points, 6 rebounds) and sophomore forward Olariche Obi (8 points, 9 rebounds) collected three blocks each. The home side also held a narrow 41-39 edge in the rebounding column.
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