CHICAGO – The low post proved fruitful all night for the University of Chicago women's basketball team and the Maroons built up 20-point lead before eventually defeating Milwaukee School of Engineering 76-67 on Friday.
The Maroons improved to 2-0 on the season while serving as hosts for the weekend's UChicago Classic. The Raiders fell to 0-1 in their season debut.
MSOE took the early lead at 11-6 to start things out, but UChicago woke up on offense and reeled off 11-straight points. Ten of those points came on layups as the Maroons used quick passing to find the open player.
The visitors worked their way back into the game and led 18-17 in the second quarter. Once again, the home side took off with 13 points in-a-row. The Maroons kept finding success on pull-up jumpers in the lane and driving forays off the glass. In total, UChicago scored 23 points in the 10-minute period. Junior guard Stephanie Anderson hit a jumper and sophomore guard Elizabeth Nye sank a three-pointer in the final minute of the half to put their team ahead 40-27 at the break.
MSOE committed 16 turnovers in the first half, with Anderson providing bulldog defense on the opposing point guard on every possession. She ended up with five steals in the game.
The offense continued to flow for UChicago in the third quarter. Nye hit two more treys and freshman forward Olariche Obi posted four-straight points to push the lead to 20 at 55-35.
The Raiders kept battling in the fourth quarter and utilized a 15-4 run to get within eight points. But it was too little, too late as UChicago put the game away with defensive stops.
The paint was a constant source of productivity for the Maroons. They led the rebounding battle 48-29 overall, with a 16-7 edge on the offensive glass. Obi was particularly effective with her positioning and motor. She finished with her first career double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds.
When UChicago's offense hit a snag, Nye was frequently there to jump start it. The sophomore guard hit 6 of 9 shots to score a game-high 17 points. Anderson's pesky defense and efficient drives led to 15 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. She shot 7-for-10 from the field. Junior forward Britta Nordstrom added nine points and eight rebounds.
Turnovers were pretty even with UChicago at 27 and MSOE at 25.
UChicago Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 46.3 percent (31-67)
Three-point Percentage – 30.0 percent (6-20)
Free-throw Percentage – 57.1 percent (8-14)
Elizabeth Nye (Guard, So.) – 17 points, 4 rebounds
Olariche Obi (Forward, Fr.) – 14 points, 15 rebounds, 4 steals
Stephanie Anderson (Guard, Jr.) – 15 points, 11 rebounds, 5 steals, 5 assists
MSOE Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 40.7 percent (24-59)
Three-point Percentage – 57.1 percent (4-7)
Free-throw Percentage – 68.2 percent (15-22)
Holly Denfeld – 15 points, 9 rebounds
Lizzy Hilby – 15 points, 6 rebounds
- Saturday, November 21 – University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point at UChicago, 4 PM