LEXINGTON, Ky. – In a game that went down to the wire, the University of Chicago women's basketball team was unable to come up with key plays down the stretch in Friday's NCAA Division III First Round, falling to Oglethorpe University, 57-51, at Transylvania's Beck Center.
Senior forward Olariche Obi led the Maroons (19-7) with 11 points, seven rebounds and six steals and junior Mia Farrell added 10 points, six rebounds, and three assists. Junior Taylor Lake added nine points, a team-high 11 rebounds, and four assists, and classmate Miranda Burt added nine points in the loss that ended UChicago's season.
The game was anything but in control for either team throughout its 40 minutes. The contest featured 17 lead changes and 11 ties, with UChicago leading for 18:32. The Stormy Petrels (23-6) led at the break, 24-23, as both teams struggled from the field: Oglethorpe was 34.8 percent (8-of-23) and UChicago 29.2 percent (7-of-24).
UChicago's game plan didn't let the Stormy Petrels' full-court press cause havoc, but Oglethorpe's zone didn't do much to help the Maroons' shooters. In total, UChicago finished 31.4 percent (16-of-51) from the field compared to the Stormy Petrels' 37.3 percent (19-of-51).
With the game tied at 38-all heading into the fourth quarter, senior Jamie Kockenmeister drained a clutch triple and Burt added a layup to tie the Maroons for their largest lead of the game at five, 43-38. Oglethorpe would respond, though, with three-straight buckets from Nikki Reed to give the Stormy Petrels back the lead, 44-43.
It seemed Farrell might take over late, as the junior guard drilled a 3 of her own with 4:18 to play that put the Maroons up two, then came up with a tough offensive rebound and split a tall Oglethorpe defense down low for a clutch tip-in that increased that lead to four.
But Oglethorpe made its shots from deep when they mattered most, as Karlymarie Dyer (team-high 14 points) made two of her four 3-pointers in the final 2:42, the last a dagger with 1:40 to play that regained a one-point lead for the Stormy Petrels.
UChicago was unable to convert on their next two possessions, and a 5-for-6 performance by Oglethorpe at free-throw down the stretch sealed the win for the Stormy Petrels.
Meaghan O'Hara and Kockenmeister added five points each for the Maroons.
UChicago edged the Stormy Petrels on the boards, 36-35, but committed 17 turnovers to 15 for Oglethorpe. Oglethorpe's bench proved to be a key factor in the game, outscoring the Maroons, 21-7.
Led by seventh-year Head Coach Carissa Sain, Obi and Kockenmeister finished their careers with three NCAA Tournament appearances, with two trips to the Second Round. Earlier this season, Obi became the 13th member of the program's 1,000-point club and was named the 2019 University Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year. She finishes her four-year career with 1,076 points and 903 rebounds.