TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Shooting struggles and a sizable rebounding disparity proved to be too much to overcome as the University of Chicago women's basketball team lost at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 61-58 on Wednesday night.
The Maroons fell to 6-2 on the season and the Fightin' Engineers improved to 8-2.
UChicago suffered its worst shooting night of the season, converting 32.8 percent from the field. The battle on the glass went against the Maroons for the first time by a 52-29 margin. Free throws were pivotal as well – Rose-Hulman sank 26 of 30 compared to 6 of 12 by the visitors.
Despite foul trouble on its post players, UChicago battled through and held the advantage at halftime. A 9-0 run put the visiting team ahead 12-4. However, the Engineers scored 10-straight points to end the first quarter, recapturing the lead at 14-12.
The second quarter turned the tide back to the Maroons. A trio of consecutive three-pointers from senior guard Stephanie Anderson, junior guard Madison Dunbar and freshman guard Miranda Burt provided the spark during a 16-4 run. Anderson put up seven points in the quarter and Dunbar had eight in the half as UChicago led 34-26 at the break.
Senior forward Britta Nordstrom sank a trey and freshman forward Taylor Lake's layup and free throw put the team ahead 53-47 early in the fourth quarter. However, a six-minute scoring drought ensued. Rose-Hulman eventually tied the score at 55-55 with 1:38 remaining in the game.
UChicago trailed by one in the final nine seconds and was forced to foul after splitting a pair of free throws. The Engineers sank both from the line to go up three and recorded a steal as time expired to end the chance at overtime.
The Maroons came out on top in turnovers 24-17. They also made eight three-pointers compared to one by Rose-Hulman. Anderson led the scoring at 13 points to go with five rebounds. Nordstrom contributed 11 points and six rebounds, while Dunbar tallied eight points and three steals.
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