Big fourth quarter not enough as UChicago women's basketball falls 75-64 at Rochester

Elizabeth Nye and Olariche Obi  
(Courtesy of Rochester Athletic Communications)
Elizabeth Nye and Olariche Obi (Courtesy of Rochester Athletic Communications)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The University of Chicago women's basketball team chopped down a big deficit with a 29-point fourth quarter, but University of Rochester maintained its edge to win 75-64 on Sunday.

The Maroons fell to 12-8 overall and 4-5 in the University Athletic Association (UAA). The No. 13-ranked Yellowjackets improved to 17-3, including 7-2 in the UAA.

The first two quarters of play proved challenging for both offenses, combining to shoot 31 percent (18-58) between the two teams. Rochester slowly pulled away in the first quarter to go up 20-12.

Freshman forward Olariche Obi posted seven points in the first half of play. She put in a layup and drew the foul for a three-point play at 23-17. Sophomore guard Elizabeth Nye then sank a jumper at 25-19. But an 8-2 run by the Yellowjackets expanded their advantage 33-21 at halftime.

The third quarter was all Rochester. The hosts ran off 27 points in the period, which included a 23-6 burst to build up its largest lead of the game at 56-27.

Despite the large deficit, UChicago renewed its push and put up a big rally of its own. Nye was a catalyst with 15 second-half points. The Maroons outscored the Yellowjackets 23-6 to start the fourth quarter and drew within eight points at 66-58. However, UChicago ran out of time and Rochester made seven free throws in the final 30 seconds to secure the victory.

Rochester won the rebounding battle 41-37 and the two teams combined for 52 turnovers. UChicago held a decided 38-16 advantage in points in the paint. Nye posted 21 points for her fourth game with at least 20 points this season. Obi put in work at both ends of the floor, finishing with 15 points, nine rebounds and four steals.

UChicago Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 40.0 percent (26-65)
Three-point Percentage – 13.3 percent (2-15)
Free-throw Percentage – 50.0 percent (10-20)
Elizabeth Nye (Guard, So.) – 21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists
Olariche Obi (Forward, Fr.) – 15 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals

Rochester Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 42.3 percent (22-52)
Three-point Percentage – 50.0 percent (6-12)
Free-throw Percentage – 75.8 percent (25-33)
Kayla Kibling – 15 points, 7 rebounds
Alexandra Leslie – 13 points, 10 rebounds

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  • Friday, February 12 – Carnegie Mellon University at UChicago, 6 PM