TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – In a tight game that featured 11 lead changes, the No. 8 University of Chicago women's basketball team held strong in Tuesday's 68-61 road win over Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Junior guard Mia Farrell led the way with one of her best games of the year, totaling 17 points, four steals, and three assists, while going 7-of-16 from the field. Senior Jamie Kockenmeister added 15 points and five boards, draining 4-of-5 from downtown, and classmate Olariche Obi had a near double-double with 13 points and eight rebounds.
Rounding out the Maroons' scorers in double-figures was junior Taylor Lake, who added 10 points and seven rebounds in the effort.
The host Fightin' Engineers (7-4, 4-0) took a 15-12 lead after one quarter, but UChicago (8-1) responded in the second frame, outscoring RHIT by six, 18-12, to take a 30-27 lead heading into the locker room. Kockenmeister had six of her points – including two 3s – in that stretch and Miranda Burt added five points to help UChicago regain a halftime edge.
Rose-Hulman would re-take the lead in the third quarter, but Farrell helped quell the charge with three-straight buckets, and a Kockenmeister 3 and Burt jumper aided a brief eight-point (47-39) lead for the Maroons with 2:38 left in the third quarter. UChicago would enter the final frame up five, 47-42, and pushed that advantage to eight, 50-42, early behind a Obi layup and Burt free throw.
Rose-Hulman would again respond, pulling to within one, 50-49, with 5:05 to play. It was Farrell would take on the task for UChicago, scoring 10 points in the final 4:44 to help keep the hosts at bay. Lake's triple at the 2:02 mark also proved key down the stretch.
The Maroons finished 41.9 percent (26-for-62) from the field and 35 percent (7-of-20) from 3 compared to 37.9 percent (22-of-58) and 30 percent (3-of-10) for RHIT.
Points in the paint proved to be to UChicago's advantage, 32-20, and the Maroons' 12 steals contributed to 19 turnovers for the Engineers, while UChicago committed 13 giveaways.
Abby Bromenschenkel led the Engineers with 17 points in the loss.
- Sat., Dec. 29: #8 UChicago vs. Beloit (at Nashville, Tenn.), 11 a.m. CT