CHICAGO – Pesky defense and tough rebounding allowed the University of Chicago women's basketball team to build a big first-half lead en route to an 82-49 victory over Eureka College on Monday.
The Maroons (6-1 record) have now defeated five opponents this year by at least 28 points. The Red Devils dropped to 5-4.
Eureka came into the game as one of the nation's leaders in three-pointers (9.1 per game – 12th) and assists per game (21.8 per game – 2nd). However, UChicago harassed the visitors all across the floor and held them well below their season averages. The Red Devils only made 5 of 19 threes (26.3 percent) with 11 total assists.
Besides limiting Eureka to 27 percent shooting from the field, the Maroons held sway on the boards. The home side consistently pulled down tough rebounds in traffic through multiple bodies, gobbling up 20 offensive boards. They ended with a +18 rebounding margin (55-37).
UChicago started the game out slow, turning the ball over three times in the first 90 seconds and missing its opening five shots. But once the Maroons found their footing and tied the game at 8-8, they never looked back. Over a 10-minute stretch from the middle of the first to the middle of the second quarters, the home team scored 24 of the next 28 points to take a 30-12 lead. Sophomore guard Katrina Williams scored eight points in that run, including a pair of treys, and freshman forward Taylor Lake tallied six points.
A subsequent 16-3 run put the home team up big at the half, 46-15. Williams had 11 points, augmented by eight points each by senior forward Britta Nordstrom and Lake. UChicago shot 46.2 percent in the opening 20 minutes compared to 17.6 percent by Eureka.
The largest lead of the game was 40 points, which came at 62-22 with 3:13 remaining in the third quarter. The Maroons continued to score efficiently with the size advantage down low leading to layups and put backs. A few kick outs to the perimeter resulted in open three-pointers. UChicago sank 8 of 22 from long range on the night (36.4 percent).
At the evening's conclusion, UChicago shot 41.4 percent from the field and 64 percent from the free throw line (16-25). The bench unit was productive once again with 54 points. Lake led the charge with 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists in 20 minutes played. Williams was second on the team in scoring with 14 points. Down in the paint, Nordstrom finished with eight points and nine rebounds, while sophomore Olariche Obi posted a balanced line of seven points, eight rebounds and four steals.
- Wednesday, Dec. 14 @ 7:30 PM (ET) – UChicago at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology