CHICAGO – Miranda Burt's offense combined with a team defensive effort led the No. 19 University of Chicago women's basketball team to a convincing 83-55 league victory over visiting Case Western Reserve University Friday night.
Burt finished with a game-high 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting and hit 3-of-6 from downtown to lead the Maroons (13-4, 4-2 University Athletic Association), who shot 45.7 percent from the field while holding the Spartans (12-5, 4-2) to just 33.9 percent.
UChicago teammates Olariche Obi and Mia Farrell rounded out the Maroons' leading scorers, as Obi netted her fourth double-double of the year with 12 points and 10 boards and Farrell chipped in 11 points, draining all six of her free-throw attempts.
The Maroons led by as many as 30 points in the fourth quarter, but the first half proved to be a much tighter contest. UChicago led by three, 17-14, after one, and then outscored the Spartans 17-12 in the second frame to take a 34-26 advantage heading into the locker room. Burt scored 11 of her 21 in the first half, and the Maroons defense – complete with two charges taken – forced nine Spartan turnovers in the second quarter alone.
Another solid third frame pushed the hosts' lead to 14, 54-40, and UChicago finally blew the game open in the fourth, aided by two 3-point makes from Burt and another by rookie Kati Heller.
Both teams emptied their benches down the stretch, and Elisabeth McCray's layup with 1:04 to go made it a 30-point advantage for UChicago.
Senior Jamie Kockenmeister added a near-double-double of her own with nine points and 11 rebounds – and added three steals and three assists – and six Maroons chipped in offense off the bench, led by Meaghan O'Hara's five. Four players – McCray, Elizabeth Shaw, Klaire Steffens, and Ionie Banner – added four points each.
From the 3-point line, UChicago finished 7-of-17 (41.2 percent) compared to 30 percent (6-of-20) for CWRU, and the Maroons won the rebounding battle, 43-37. The hosts forced Case into 10 more turnovers, 25-15 (which UChicago scored 22 points as a result), and owned points in the paint, 42-22.
Kara Hageman led the Spartans with 15 points and Abbey Lawrence scored 12 off the bench in the loss.
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