CHICAGO – The No. 8-ranked University of Chicago women's basketball team forced the action – causing havoc for the visitors – to cruise to an 89-70 win over Heidelberg University in Friday's opening game of the 2018 Midway Classic.
The Maroons (3-0) led 20-11 after one quarter and held a 41-30 advantage at the break in a game they controlled for the full 40 minutes, never trailing at any point
Four players netted double-figures in the win, led by junior Mia Farrell, who scored 16 points on 7 of 15 shooting and added two steals. Classmates Taylor Lake (15 points, four blocks, four boards, two assists and a steal) and Miranda Burt (13 points, three rebounds, three assists, two steals) added well-rounded games and rookie Klaire Steffens was big in the paint, netting 11 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks for her first career double-double.
The block party was notable: UChicago set a new record for single-game blocks with 13, breaking the previous record of 11 set during the 1994-95 season.
UChicago shot 50 percent (35-for-70) for the game compared to 40 percent for Heidelberg (22-for-55) and the Maroons forced the Student Princes (1-1) into 37 turnovers while recording 17 steals – senior forward Olariche Obi led with five take-aways and senior guard Jamie Kockenmeister had four.
Three more Maroons added solid efforts, with Kockenmeister netting nine points, four rebounds, four steals, and two assists, while Obi (five steals, three boards) and sophomore guard Meaghan O'Hara (two steals) each had eight points.
Alyssa Riley totaled 17 points to lead Heidelberg in the loss.
- Sunday, Nov. 18: MIT at UChicago, 1 p.m. CT