ELMHURST – Buoyed by Mia Farrell's season-high 19 points, the University of Chicago women's basketball team shook off Elmhurst College by closing strong in the fourth quarter to win 73-54 on Saturday afternoon.
The No. 5-ranked Maroons improved to 6-0 on the season. The Bluejays evened their record at 3-3.
UChicago scored the opening five points, but the hosts stayed persistent and grabbed an 18-15 advantage late in the first quarter.
Elmhurst took its last lead of the game at 22-21 in the second quarter. A 9-2 run featured all the points coming in the paint for the Maroons, including an and-one layup by sophomore guard Meaghan O'Hara. The visitors kept adding points from there and took a 39-30 lead at halftime.
Farrell's three-pointer concluded a seven-point run that put UChicago firmly in charge at 46-30. However, Elmhurst proved resilient, clawing all the way back to within four points at 52-48 early in the fourth quarter.
It was Farrell who again provided some needed offense, swishing a jumper and drawing the foul for a three-point play. Soon enough, the margin was back to double digits at 62-50 and the Maroons put the game to bed down the stretch. All told, UChicago finished the game on a 21-6 run.
Three-pointers were hard to come by for both squads. They combined to make only 5 of 43 attempts (11.6 percent).
Along with her 19 points, Farrell snagged four steals defensively. Junior forward Taylor Lake posted 14 points and five rebounds, and junior guard Miranda Burt submitted 13 points and four rebounds. First-year forward Klaire Steffens scored nine points and pulled down a team-best 11 rebounds (nine offensive).
UChicago shot 36.1 percent from the field and 79.4 percent from the free throw line (27-34). Elmhurst shot only 27.5 percent from the field while converting 72.2 percent from the charity stripe (13-18). Rebounds (48-45) and turnovers (13-16) both ended in favor of the Maroons.
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