UChicago women’s basketball erupts in fourth quarter, beats Brandeis 73-59

Britta Nordstrom
Britta Nordstrom

CHICAGO – The University of Chicago women's basketball team climbed out of an early hole and scored 28 points in the fourth quarter to race past Brandeis University 73-59 on Sunday.

The Maroons improved to 10-6 overall and 2-3 in the University Athletic Association (UAA). The Judges fell to 8-8 overall and 1-4 in conference play.

Brandeis got off to the hot start and leapt ahead 15-4 early on. Guard Paris Hodges drove past defenders with a quick first step and netted eight points in that run. As the quarter went on, UChicago's defense became less porous on drives and the team got back on the comeback trail.

Down 19-13 heading into the second quarter, the Maroons got a big boost from junior forward Britta Nordstrom. She provided UChicago's first eight points of the half as Brandeis did not have an answer for her down in the post. Sophomore guard Elizabeth Nye then gave the home side a 27-25 lead with a pair of jumpers. UChicago went into halftime leading 30-29.

The momentum continued to build in the third quarter when the Maroons scored the first nine points of the half. Junior guard Stephanie Anderson canned a three-pointer and an and-one opportunity to make the score 39-29. But the Judges hung tough and got the score back to within three points with offensive rebounding and hustle.

Nordstrom struck again in the fourth quarter with three layups in the opening minutes, including two on fast breaks. UChicago got out into transition quickly and scored easy baskets to pad its lead. A 13-4 run made the score 60-48. The Maroons scored on five-straight possessions during that time. Nye and Nordstrom combined for 18 points in the quarter and the home team closed out the double-digit victory.

Nordstrom's 24 points established a new career high as she made 11 of 13 shots from the field. Nye shook off a slow start to post 17 points and three steals. Anderson was efficient on offense and defense, pairing 16 points (6-for-7 field goals) with three steals. Freshman forward Olariche Obi snatched 10 rebounds off the bench.

Brandeis beat UChicago on the boards 36-31, including 17-10 on the offensive glass. The Judges turned the ball over 19 times compared to 14 by the Maroons. UChicago got the lion's share of its points inside with 50 points in the paint. The team's field-goal percentage of 52.5 was its highest since December 5.

UChicago Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 52.5 percent (31-59)
Three-point Percentage – 36.4 percent (4-11)
Free-throw Percentage – 77.8 percent (7-9)
Britta Nordstrom (Forward, Jr.) – 24 points, 5 rebounds
Elizabeth Nye (Guard, So.) – 17 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals
Stephanie Anderson (Guard, Jr.) – 16 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals

Brandeis Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 39.7 percent (23-58)
Three-point Percentage – 7.1 percent (1-14)
Free-throw Percentage – 75.0 percent (12-16)
Paris Hodges – 18 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals
Heather Cain – 11 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals

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