Women's Basketball Falls to #25 Illinois Wesleyan, 77-56

Mia Farrell
Mia Farrell

CHICAGO – The No. 22 University of Chicago women's basketball team started its Midway Classic opener strong, but saw No. 25 Indiana Wesleyan pull away down the stretch in a 77-56 loss Saturday at the Ratner Athletics Center.

Sophomore Mia Farrell led the way offensively with 17 points – including a near-perfect 10-of-11 performance from the free-throw line – and senior Elizabeth Nye chipped in 13 points, draining three triples.

Junior Olariche Obi added a strong 15 boards and seven points and also dished out three assists.

UChicago (1-1) used a strong first quarter – bolstered by 10 points from point guard Farrell – to take a 15-13 lead after the game's first 10 minutes. But the Titans (2-0) would respond with their fast-paced attack in the second frame, outscoring the Maroons 23-13 to take a 36-28 lead at the break.

The Maroons kept chipping away at the lead into the third, trailing only by 10 (49-39) with 1:17 to go in the frame. But IWU used a 28-17 run to close out the game, building its largest lead (21) with 25 seconds left.

UChicago struggled from the floor, making 14-of-56 (25 percent) compared to 46.3 percent (21-of-67) for the Titans. Rebounds finished tied at 41-all, but the Maroons committed 21 turnovers compared to 14 for IWU, who also led the game with 20 assists.

A bright spot for UChicago was its free-throw shooting performance, making 24-of-30 for 80 percent, led by Farrell and perfect efforts by Obi (3-of-3), Miranda Burt (2-of-2), Madison Dunbar (2-of-2), and Nye (2-of-2).

Sophomore Taylor Lake and first-year Marissa Ingunbor chipped in seven points each and Farrell and Obi each snagged four steals to round out the Maroons' leaders.

Three players scored in double-figures for the Titans: Rebekah Ehresman (17 points), Maddie Merritt (14 points) and Molly McGraw (10 points).

NEXT GAME:

  • Sunday, Nov. 19: Colorado College at UChicago, 1 p.m. CT (Midway Classic)