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Maroon Women’s Basketball Nets All-Region Awards

Mia Farrell, Carissa Sain Knoche and Olariche Obi
Mia Farrell, Carissa Sain Knoche and Olariche Obi All-Region

CHICAGO – The University of Chicago women's basketball team was well-represented on the 2017-18 All-Central Region Teams, which were released on Tuesday. Maroon players Mia Farrell and Olariche Obi, along with Head Coach Carissa Sain Knoche, received accolades.

Farrell secured Second Team All-Region status with a breakout sophomore campaign. The 5-foot-6 guard led the team in scoring (15.6 PPG) and three-point shooting with 41 made at a .451 conversion rate. Her .844 free-throw percentage was the fifth-highest in program history. Farrell's 135 made free throws ranked 18th nationally and second in the school record books. Additionally, she collected 2.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Farrell was named First Team All-University Athletic Association (UAA) at the end of February.

Obi was also a Second Team All-Region selection as a power forward. The 5-foot-10 junior was a double-double threat every game as she averaged 12.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per contest. Her rebounding prowess in the post ranked her 25th in NCAA Division III, while her 15 double-doubles ranked 20th nationally. She grabbed at least 10 rebounds on 19 different occasions. Obi's 302 rebounds and 75 steals this season were the third-most in UChicago history. The junior also led the team in field-goal percentage at .476, and was a First Team All-UAA pick.

Sain Knoche was declared the Central Region Coach of the Year for the second-straight season. In her sixth year at the helm, the Maroons posted a 24-3 overall record and a perfect 14-0 record in the UAA. Sain Knoche and her assistants were the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year for the third time in four years. The Maroons reeled off the second-longest winning streak in program history with 22-straight and reached the second round of the NCAA postseason. UChicago set new school records for steals (350), field goals attempted (1,784) and free throws attempted (617), while ranking 15th in NCAA Division III with 77.3 points per game.