CHICAGO – A late surge by visiting Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology ended up being the difference in a 64-62 nonleague loss for the No. 22 University of Chicago women's basketball team Tuesday at the Ratner Athletics Center.
UChicago led heading into the final frame, leading the Fightin' Engineers (2-1) – the 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament champions – by four, at 49-45. That lead ballooned to 12, 60-48, with 5:04 to play, and the Maroons seemed in control for their second straight win.
But the Engineers had other plans, as RHIT drained three-straight 3-pointers – all by Taylor Graham – to cut that lead to just three, 60-57, over the course of the next three minutes. The visitors would take the lead on a Alyzia Dilworth layup with 24 seconds left and despite three RHIT misses at the free-throw line, the Maroons were unable to convert in the final seconds.
UChicago did execute a solid comeback midway through the contest after a slow start saw the Engineers take a 21-8 lead after one quarter. The Maroons didn't panic, slowly chipping away at deficit over the course of the frame. With RHIT leading by nine, 31-22, UChicago closed out the first half with a 9-1 run – aided by the help of two 3s by Burt and Jamie Kockenmeister – to trim the lead to one, 32-31, at the break.
The Maroons outscored the Engineers in the third quarter, 18-13, taking their first lead of the game at the 4:23 mark on a Marissa Igunbor layup. UChicago scored seven points off Rose-Hulman turnovers in the third frame to enter the fourth up four.
Rose-Hulman dominated on the boards, 48-28, behind two 10-rebound performances by Ally Bromenschenkel and Chiarra Franklin. The Fightin' Engineers shot 41.7 percent (25-of-60) from the field compared to 39.3 percent (22-of-56) for the Maroons, but RHIT committed 17 turnovers to UChicago's 14.
A bright spot for the Maroons was its free-throw shooting, as the hosts hit 12-of-17 (70.6 percent) compared to 50 percent (10-of-20) for the Fightin' Engineers.
Sophomore Taylor Lake added eight points and senior Madison Dunbar chipped in five points off the bench to round out the Maroons' leaders. Bromenschenkel led Rose-Hulman with 16 points and 10 boards and Graham finished with 14 points in the win.
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Sunday, Nov. 26: Carthage at #22 UChicago, 2 p.m. CT