CHICAGO – With a seven-point lead in hand at halftime, the University of Chicago women's basketball team blitzed Illinois Wesleyan University in the second half with efficient shooting and lock-down defense to get the 67-39 win on Saturday.
The No. 19-ranked Maroons (5-1 record) held the Titans (3-4 record) to a season-low 39 points. It is the lowest amount allowed by UChicago since a 76-30 win against IIT on Jan. 3, 2015.
Junior forward Britta Nordstrom started the home team on a high note with a layup and free throw for a three-point play for the game's opening points. Nordstrom proved hard to stop all afternoon, using good footwork in the post and speed in transition to net a game-high 15 points. She made 7 of her 8 shots and is now shooting 60 percent from the field this season.
Freshmen Olariche Obi and Katrina Williams posted four points each in the first quarter, which ended tied at 11-11. The game began to come to UChicago in the second quarter. The Maroons resumed their fever-pitch movement offensively and got the ball inside for layups. The team made four-straight shots to open the second quarter and took a 22-15 lead.
Freshman forward Rachel West scored a pair of layups off inbounds plays late in the second quarter, and Williams hit a key three-pointer with a minute left to send the home side to a 29-22 lead at halftime.
With UChicago owning the height advantage, the Maroons rebounded accordingly with a 39-29 advantage on the boards. Plenty of scoring punch came from the bench as well with 30 points from the reserves.
Obi got the second half rolling with five points in-a-row. She helped kick off a huge 20-3 run for the Maroons. Williams sank another three-pointer to put the team up 49-27. In the fourth quarter, UChicago scored the first eight points to put the game away for good.
The Maroons led by as many as 32 late in the game and shot 56.5 percent from the field overall. The lone black mark on the stat sheet was the turnover category, with UChicago committing a season-high 33. However, IWU also committed 27 turnovers and the home team scored 35 points off those miscues.
The Titans were held to 25.9 percent shooting from the field overall, including plenty of missed shots in the paint. IWU shot only 1-for-13 on threes – UChicago opponents are now shooting 21.4 percent from beyond the arc this year.
Along with Nordstrom's 15, Obi recorded 11 points. Williams and West tallied career highs in points with 10 and 8, respectively.
UChicago Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 56.5 percent (26-46)
Three-point Percentage – 28.6 percent (4-14)
Free-throw Percentage – 73.3 percent (11-15)
Britta Nordstrom (Forward, Jr.) – 15 points, 5 rebounds
Olariche Obi (Forward, Fr.) – 11 points, 3 rebounds
Katrina Williams (Guard, Fr.) – 10 points
IWU Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 25.9 percent (15-58)
Three-point Percentage – 7.7 percent (1-13)
Free-throw Percentage – 57.1 percent (8-14)
Rebekah Ehresman – 10 points, 5 steals, 3 rebounds
- Saturday, December 12 – UChicago at North Park University, 2 PM