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Women’s Basketball Places Three on All-UAA Teams, Receives Coaching Staff of the Year Honors

Taylor Lake, Olariche Obi and Mia Farrell
Taylor Lake, Olariche Obi and Mia Farrell

All-UAA Women's Basketball Awards

CHICAGO – Three members of the University of Chicago women's basketball team earned All-University Athletic Association (UAA) accolades on Wednesday. Additionally, UChicago was voted as the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year.

Junior forward Olariche Obi garnered First Team All-UAA honors. Previously, she was the UAA Rookie of the Year in 2016 and Honorable Mention All-UAA in 2017. Obi paces the conference in rebounding with 11.3 boards per game – she leads the category by 2.3 rebounds over the runner-up. The junior is also third on the team in scoring with 12.5 points per game, and first on the squad in steals (2.7), blocks (0.9) and field-goal percentage (.485).

Sophomore Mia Farrell joined her teammate on the First Team. She is UChicago's top scorer at 15.6 points per game. The guard is the top three-point shooter on the Maroons at 43.4 percent (36-83) and is one of the nation's leaders in both free-throw percentage (.838) and free throws made (129). Farrell is also averaging 2.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.5 steals per contest.

Sophomore Taylor Lake received Second Team honors at her forward position. Her season averages of 13.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.9 blocks per game rank second on the squad in those categories. Lake is also shooting 45.6 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from three-point range. She has led the Maroons in points on eight occasions this year.

Head Coach Carissa Sain Knoche and her assistants garnered UAA Coaching Staff of the Year for the third time in four years. Sain Knoche has guided the No. 9-ranked Maroons to a 23-2 record that includes a perfect 14-0 mark in UAA contests. UChicago is riding a 21-game winning streak and qualified for the NCAA postseason for the second-straight season. In conference play, the Maroons ranked second in both offense (78.1 PPG) and defense (59.9 PPG).