Maroon women’s basketball drops overtime thriller to Carnegie Mellon 93-90

Elizabeth Nye and Olariche Obi
Elizabeth Nye and Olariche Obi

CHICAGO – In its highest-scoring game of the season, the University of Chicago women's basketball team battled back and forth with Carnegie Mellon University before losing 93-90 in overtime on Friday evening.

The loss dropped the Maroons to 12-9 overall (4-6 in the University Athletic Association) on the year while improving the Tartans to 16-5 (5-5 UAA).

Sophomore guard Elizabeth Nye registered at least 20 points for the fifth time this season, scoring a career-high 26. She was 5 of 10 from behind the arc. Junior forward Britta Nordstrom was efficient and potent off the bench with 18 points. Freshman forward Olariche Obi feasted on the boards with a career-best 18 rebounds while also producing a double-double with 10 points. The 18 rebounds were the most by a Maroon since Taylor Simpson's 19 on Jan. 28, 2011.

Carnegie Mellon relied on an upperclassmen attack of seniors Lindsay Poss (21 points) and Lisa Murphy (17) and junior Jackie Hudepohl (23).

The Tartans opened the scoring with five-straight points and led 10-3 in the early going. About 40 seconds later, freshman guard Alyssa Clemente hit the third three-pointer of her young collegiate career to spark an 8-0 Maroon run that put the home team up 11-10. UChicago ended the high-scoring first quarter with a 25-20 advantage.

Carnegie Mellon started the second quarter with the same zest that they began the first with, jumping ahead 28-26. Nye gave the Maroons a 31-28 lead with the game's next field goal, making her 3-for-3 from behind the arc to start the game. Freshmen Obi and Rachel West hit two free throws and a three, respectively, to put UChicago up 36-32. The Tartans came back to tie at 36 with 1:55 left in the half, and then found success at the line and behind the arc to go into the break up 42-40. At 40-39, Nye drove into the defense, finding a lane before she spun the layup off of the glass with her right hand to give her 12 points in the half.

Murphy's old fashioned three-point play and a long jumper by Poss staked the visitors to a six-point edge. The Maroons used a 10-4 run to pull within two, 56-54, with 2:59 left in the third quarter. Obi's layup and Nye's three helped the home team keep close, down 62-61 heading into the fourth.

Nordstrom scored four of the Maroons' first six points to start the final quarter to tie the game at 67. With 3:14 left, the Maroons jumped ahead 75-71 after sophomore guard Madison Dunbar nailed a three. Carnegie Mellon relied on Murphy's looming post presence down the stretch and pulled within two points at 79-77 going into the final possession. The Tartans elected to go with Hudepohl and she delivered with a driving left-handed layup with 1.5 seconds left to force overtime.

In the extra period, the Tartans jumped ahead 83-79 behind Murphy and Poss. Nye, with 40 seconds on the clock, tied the game at 90. However, foul trouble bit the Maroons late as four players fouled out, including Nye, Nordstrom, West and junior guard Stephanie Anderson. The Tartans took advantage of the whistles and ended up scoring 12 of their 14 total overtime points from the charity stripe.

With 15 seconds left, the visitors were ahead 93-90, giving the Maroons one last chance. But UChicago's three-point attempt drew back iron in the final seconds to end the game.

The momentum swings in the game were evident with 12 ties and 14 lead changes. UChicago won the rebounding battle 42-35, while turnovers were nearly even at 15 for the Maroons and 17 for the Tartans. Carnegie Mellon got a big boost at the free throw line as the visitors hoisted 34 more attempts than UChicago (48 to 14).

UChicago Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 44.2 percent (34-77)
Three-point Percentage – 38.5 percent (10-26)
Free-throw Percentage – 85.7 percent (12-14)
Elizabeth Nye (Guard, So.) – 26 points, 5 rebounds
Britta Nordstrom (Forward, Jr.) – 18 points, 3 rebounds
Olariche Obi (Forward, Fr.) – 10 points, 18 rebounds, 3 blocks

Carnegie Mellon Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 46.3 percent (25-54)
Three-point Percentage – 40.0 percent (4-10)
Free-throw Percentage – 81.3 percent (39-48)
Jackie Hudepohl – 23 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists
Lindsay Poss – 21 points
Lisa Murphy – 17 points, 9 rebounds

NEXT GAME:

  • Sunday, February 14 – Case Western Reserve University at UChicago, 2 PM