CLEVELAND, Ohio – With the score tied with a minute and a half left to play, senior Jamie Kockenmeister's clutch triple helped the No. 19 University of Chicago women's basketball fend off host Case Western Reserve University on the road Friday night, 60-54.
After the Spartans (12-7, 4-4) rallied in the fourth to knot the game at 54-all, fellow Maroon senior Olariche Obi found an open Kockenmeister who would give UChicago (15-4, 6-2 University Athletic Association) a three-point lead. The Maroons defense – aided by a Burt steal – and crucial makes at the free-throw line then sealed the second victory in a week over CWRU, who lost at the Ratner Athletics Center Jan. 25 by a score of 83-55.
Obi finished with 19 points and eight rebounds (9-of-16 from the field) and junior Taylor Lake added 15 points and seven rebounds to lead UChicago, who stands two games back from UAA leader WashU (8-0) with six games to play.
Junior Mia Farrell – who drained two free throws in the final minute – added nine points and a team-high 11 rebounds, and Kockenmeister had five points and six boards.
The Maroons trailed after one quarter, 11-10, and then fell behind three more points heading into halftime, down 33-30. UChicago's third quarter proved pivotal, as the Maroons blasted the Spartans with a 23-8 run. Obi made three layups early on in that frame and finished the third quarter with eight points to help UChicago take a 53-41 advantage heading into the fourth.
CWRU made its run with 7:32 left, scoring 10 unanswered points before Kockenmeister's clutch triple turned the tide back to the visitors.
Both teams shot an identical 32.8 percent from the field and the Maroons hit 2-of-17 (11.7 percent) from 3 compared to 4-of-18 (22.2 percent) for Case. UChicago won the rebounding battle, 51-39, and each team committed 14 turnovers.
Kara Hageman led the Spartans with 16 points and 10 rebounds and Abbey Lawrence had 12 points off the bench in the loss.
- Sunday, Feb. 3: #19 UChicago at Carnegie Mellon, 1 p.m. CT