Emory's hot second half downs Maroon women's basketball 71-64

Britta Nordstrom and Olariche Obi
Britta Nordstrom and Olariche Obi

ATLANTA, Ga. – The University of Chicago women's basketball team fell victim to Emory University's hot-shooting second half in Friday night's 71-64 loss.

The loss dropped the Maroons to 12-7 overall (4-4 in the University Athletic Association) while the result improved the Eagles to 11-8 (2-6 UAA) on the season.

Junior forward Britta Nordstrom paced UChicago with 13 points while junior guard Stephanie Anderson (12 points) and freshman forward Olariche Obi (11 points) followed closely behind. Nordstrom and Obi combined for nine steals in the post. Emory senior guard Khadijah Sayyid led all scorers with 17.

The Maroons relied on free throws and layups early on for scoring. The second of sophomore guard Katie Anderson's three-pointers tied the game at 13 with 1:31 left in the opening period. Obi's layup gave the visitors a 15-13 advantage heading into the second quarter.

Nordstrom and freshman guard Jamie Kockenmeister got the Maroons out to a 19-13 lead with back-to-back layups to start off the second. Then two more underclassmen made some noise with an Obi layup and sophomore guard Elizabeth Nye's three-pointer putting UChicago ahead 24-13. The team's largest lead of the game came at 28-16. The home side closed the quarter on a 12-6 run to chisel the lead down to six at 34-28 going into the break. Obi accounted for all 11 of her points in the first half of play.

Despite shooting only 33 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, the Eagles got their offense on track starting in the third quarter. Emory nibbled away at the UChicago advantage, which shrunk down to 47-45.

Nordstrom began the final quarter with two points for the Maroons, but the Eagles came racing back to take a four-point lead with 6:53 left in the game. Then freshman forward Rachel West and sophomore guard Madison Dunbar hit a two and a three, respectively, to snatch the advantage back at 54-53 with 5:53 remaining. The teams swapped the lead twice more in the next two minutes. Katie Anderson's two free throws made it 56-55. But with the game on the line, the home team flipped a switch and closed out Friday's showdown on a 16-8 run to earn the 71-64 win.

Emory shot 14 of 22 from the field in second half (63.6 percent) and made half of its 10 attempted threes for the game. Nine lead changes during the contest spoke to the momentum swings. UChicago (25) and Emory (23) committed 48 combined turnovers, with the Maroons snatching 15 steals on the night. However, the Eagles won the rebounding battle 35-26.

UChicago Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 42.9 percent (24-56)
Three-point Percentage – 29.4 percent (5-17)
Free-throw Percentage – 64.7 percent (11-17)
Britta Nordstrom (Forward, Jr.) – 13 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, 4 steals
Stephanie Anderson (Guard, Jr.) – 12 points, 3 assists
Olariche Obi (Forward, Fr.) – 11 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals, 2 blocks

Emory Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 46.9 percent (23-49)
Three-point Percentage – 50.0 percent (5-10)
Free-throw Percentage – 74.1 percent (20-27)
Khadijah Sayyid – 17 points, 8 rebounds
Shellie Kaniut – 14 points, 5 steals, 4 rebounds
Ilene Tsao – 11 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds

NEXT GAME:

  • Sunday, February 7 – UChicago at University of Rochester, 1 PM (ET)