Big fourth quarter sinks Maroon women’s basketball in 79-52 loss at Illinois Wesleyan

Olariche Obi
Olariche Obi

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – A 30-point fourth quarter by Illinois Wesleyan University put the game out of reach for the University of Chicago women's basketball team in a 79-52 road loss on Saturday.

The Maroons (6-3 record) dropped their second-straight game while the Titans improved to 5-4.

IWU's aggressive full-court press gave UChicago problems all afternoon, as the Maroons turned the ball over a season-high 38 times. The Titans capitalized with 44 points off those turnovers. However, the visitors were still hanging tough as they trailed IWU 49-45 heading into the fourth quarter. But the Titans went on a big run to put the game away with a 20-2 streak over a six-minute stretch.

Senior guard Stephanie Anderson gave UChicago its first lead at 7-5 with a three-pointer. A pair of treys by sophomore guard Alyssa Clemente put the visitors up 15-11, and the Maroons maintained their advantage for the rest of the half. Back-to-back layups from sophomore forward Olariche Obi and Anderson pushed the advantage to 24-18. UChicago's final six points of the half came on free throws and the squad went into the halftime break leading 30-27.

Obi's two-straight layups in the third quarter opened up the team's largest margin of the day at 34-27. IWU got back into the game by canning jumpers and recaptured the lead at 39-38. The game still hung in the balance early in the fourth quarter. But the home side scored the opening eight points of the period and never looked back.

Rebounds were even at 40, with IWU committing 22 turnovers. The Titans shot 41.4 percent from the field compared to 37.5 percent by UChicago. The hosts also attempted 22 more shots in the contest (70 to 48).

Obi scored a team-high 12 points on 6-for-7 shooting while grabbing eight rebounds. Clemente and Anderson each tallied nine points.

NEXT GAME:

  • Friday, Dec. 30 @ 4:00 PM – UChicago at University of Texas-Dallas