CHICAGO – Frenetic defense ruled the day as the University of Chicago women's basketball team swarmed University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and came away with a 63-40 victory on Saturday at the UChicago Classic.
The Maroons (3-0 record) recorded their lowest points allowed total since January 3, 2015 when they held IIT to 30 points. The Pointers dropped to 2-1 on the season.
At first, UChicago struggled with Wisconsin-Stevens Point's significant size advantage in the post and committed six fouls in the opening quarter. But the Maroons maintained their aggression on offense and their first five buckets came on layups. Freshman guard Katrina Williams hit two big three-pointers, with one occurring at 14-7 and the other coming at the end of the quarter to make it 17-13.
The visitors switched at times to a zone look to slow UChicago's interior passing. Both sides bogged down offensively in the second quarter and the Maroons led at halftime 28-20.
The inside-outside duo of junior forward Britta Nordstrom and sophomore guard Elizabeth Nye were on fire all afternoon. They combined to score all 11 of UChicago's points in the second quarter and shot 16 of 20 from the field in the game (80 percent). Nye hit a trio of three-pointers on open looks at the end of offensive actions and also drove to the lane for her other points. Nordstrom utilized left-handed layups and good footwork in the post to convert 8 of her 9 shots.
Defense proved to be the catalyst. UChicago harried the UWSP ball handlers whenever they picked up their dribble, and swiping hands were constantly knocking passes away from the would-be recipients. The Maroons negated the size disadvantage with aggressive fronting to prevent access to the paint. The fast pace eventually got to the Pointers and disrupted their offensive flow for the whole second half.
The Maroons opened the lead up wide at the end of the third quarter with a 9-2 run. Nye provided the exclamation point by drawing a foul on a running three-point attempt as the game clock expired in the third. She swished two of the three free throws to make the score 46-29.
UChicago built on its lead from there and cruised to the win. The home team shot 51 percent in the game compared to 25.5 percent by the visitors on field-goal attempts. UWSP narrowly led the rebounding (36-32) and turnover (23-22) categories. The Pointers did not make a three-pointer in the game, going 0-for-3.
Nye scored a game-high 21 points while Nordstrom contributed 17 points. Freshman forward Olariche Obi put up 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
UChicago Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 51.0 percent (25-49)
Three-point Percentage – 31.3 percent (5-16)
Free-throw Percentage – 66.7 percent (8-12)
Elizabeth Nye (Guard, So.) – 21 points
Britta Nordstrom (Forward, Jr.) – 17 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists
Olariche Obi (Forward, Fr.) – 10 points, 7 rebounds
Wisconsin-Stevens Point Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 25.5 percent (13-51)
Three-point Percentage – 0.0 percent (0-3)
Free-throw Percentage – 66.7 percent (14-21)
Allie Miceli – 8 points, 12 rebounds
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