CHICAGO – The Ratner Athletics Center was the site of a high-scoring Tuesday night affair with the University of Chicago women's basketball team battling Illinois Wesleyan University. Ultimately, the visitors embarked on several big runs offensively to defeat the Maroons 89-82.
The No. 18-ranked Maroons dropped to 1-1 on the season. The Titans moved to 2-0.
The opening minutes were all IWU. The Titans utilized their ball movement and full-court press to jump out to a 9-0 lead. The lead increased to double digits as the quarter went on, finishing at 24-14 after the first quarter.
Sophomore guard Alina Brennan got the Maroons back on track with a pair of three-pointers sandwiched around a layup from first-year guard Grace Hynes. Just like that, the Maroons were almost all caught up at 24-22. Another Brennan three made the score 35-32 IWU, then sophomore forward Klaire Steffens contributed the final five points of the quarter. At halftime, the Titans narrowly led 39-37.
In the third quarter, Steffens continued her solid work around the hoop with another layup at 42-41. But Illinois Wesleyan just couldn't miss and embarked on a 14-3 run. Senior guard Miranda Burt scored nine points in the quarter. But the Maroons trailed 63-55 heading into the fourth.
The Titans continued to grow its advantage up to 80-67, which was countered by a UChicago 9-3 run. Hynes nailed a three and senior guard Mia Farrell sunk a jumper of her own.
However, IWU kept the rally at bay by immediately canning another three-pointer from Kendall Sosa. The junior guard went off for 35 points on 13 of 19 shooting in the game. She did most of her damage on the weakside when IWU kicked the ball quickly around the perimeter to elude the aggressive Maroon defenders. UChicago ran out of possessions to effectively get close enough, closing out the game 89-82.
Offense ruled the day with highly-efficient performances from both sides. The Maroons shot 55.4 percent from the field and 40.9 percent from three-point range (9-22), while the Titans made 51.5 percent of their field goals and 42.1 percent from deep (8-19).
Turnovers proved to be a factor, as IWU's full-court press forced 22 miscues compared to 16 committed. IWU outrebounded UChicago 33-26, including 13-7 on the offensive glass.
Steffens scored a career-high 22 points on 8-for-10 shooting while also grabbing eight rebounds. Hynes tallied 15 points off the bench, followed by Burt with 12 points and Brennan with a career-best 10 points.
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