Late Emory surge downs Maroon women's basketball 74-71

Britta Nordstrom
Britta Nordstrom

ATLANTA – A late scoring drought doomed the University of Chicago women's basketball team as Emory University rallied for the 74-71 victory on Sunday.

The Maroons (9-5, 2-1 UAA) saw their three-game win streak halted. The Eagles (10-4, 1-2 UAA) picked up their first conference win in the University Athletic Association (UAA).

Three free throws from senior forward Britta Nordstrom and a three-pointer by junior guard Elizabeth Nye put UChicago up 6-2. Emory drew ahead as the opening quarter wore on, but junior guard Madison Dunbar sank a trey to give the Maroons to a 15-14 lead entering the second quarter. That triple helped spark an 11-2 run that was punctuated by three-pointers from freshman forward Taylor Lake and sophomore guard Jamie Kockenmeister at 23-16.

Emory fired right back with 10 points in-a-row to recapture the advantage 26-23. UChicago hung in and senior guard Stephanie Anderson's layup with 34 seconds left in the first half put the visitors ahead 34-33 at the break. The Maroons shot only 34 percent in the half compared to 50 percent by Emory, but the hosts were held back by 15 turnovers. Lake posted seven points off the bench, while Nye and Nordstrom tallied five points apiece.

The second half saw plenty of wild swings in momentum. After the Eagles went up 39-36, UChicago answered by scoring 10 of the next 12 points. After another tie at 46-46, Nordstrom took over with four-straight layups. Heading into the fourth quarter, the Maroons led 58-52.

Emory drew to within 59-58 until UChicago made another surge, expanding its advantage to 71-63 with 3:37 left. Unfortunately, those would be the last points the Maroons would muster for the rest of the game. The visitors missed four shots and four free throws down the stretch and Emory erased the deficit. The home side then tallied four free throws in the final 30 seconds to steal the win.

UChicago made nine three-pointers compared to only one by Emory. But the Eagles held the edge in field-goal percentage 43.9 to 38, and also dominated the glass with a 50-36 rebounding margin. Emory finished with 21 turnovers compared to 13 by UChicago.

Nordstrom totaled 17 points, four assists and four rebounds. Freshman guard Mia Farrell and Lake posted 10 points each.

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