Women's Basketball Sustains 64-62 Setback to Rose-Hulman

Mia Farrell
Mia Farrell

CHICAGO – A late surge by visiting Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology ended up being the difference in a 64-62 nonleague loss for the No. 22 University of Chicago women's basketball team Tuesday at the Ratner Athletics Center.

Sophomore Mia Farrell led the Maroons (2-2) with 16 points and four assists and Olariche Obi (nine rebounds) and Miranda Burt each chipped in 10 points in the setback.

UChicago led heading into the final frame, leading the Fightin' Engineers (2-1) – the 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament champions – by four, at 49-45. That lead ballooned to 12, 60-48, with 5:04 to play, and the Maroons seemed in control for their second straight win.

But the Engineers had other plans, as RHIT drained three-straight 3-pointers – all by Taylor Graham – to cut that lead to just three, 60-57, over the course of the next three minutes. The visitors would take the lead on a Alyzia Dilworth layup with 24 seconds left and despite three RHIT misses at the free-throw line, the Maroons were unable to convert in the final seconds.

UChicago did execute a solid comeback midway through the contest after a slow start saw the Engineers take a 21-8 lead after one quarter. The Maroons didn't panic, slowly chipping away at deficit over the course of the frame. With RHIT leading by nine, 31-22, UChicago closed out the first half with a 9-1 run – aided by the help of two 3s by Burt and Jamie Kockenmeister – to trim the lead to one, 32-31, at the break.

The Maroons outscored the Engineers in the third quarter, 18-13, taking their first lead of the game at the 4:23 mark on a Marissa Igunbor layup. UChicago scored seven points off Rose-Hulman turnovers in the third frame to enter the fourth up four. 

Rose-Hulman dominated on the boards, 48-28, behind two 10-rebound performances by Ally Bromenschenkel and Chiarra Franklin. The Fightin' Engineers shot 41.7 percent (25-of-60) from the field compared to 39.3 percent (22-of-56) for the Maroons, but RHIT committed 17 turnovers to UChicago's 14.

A bright spot for the Maroons was its free-throw shooting, as the hosts hit 12-of-17 (70.6 percent) compared to 50 percent (10-of-20) for the Fightin' Engineers.

Sophomore Taylor Lake added eight points and senior Madison Dunbar chipped in five points off the bench to round out the Maroons' leaders. Bromenschenkel led Rose-Hulman with 16 points and 10 boards and Graham finished with 14 points in the win.

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