WHEATON, Ill. – The University of Chicago women's basketball team built up a double-digit lead in the second quarter and withstood a fourth-quarter rally to take down Wheaton College 73-64 on the road Wednesday night.
The No. 18-ranked Maroons evened their record at 2-2 while dealing the No. 14-ranked Thunder (4-1 record) their first loss of the season.
Senior guard Miranda Burt hit back-to-back three-pointers in the first quarter to give UChicago a 12-7 advantage. The visitors would not relinquish the lead the rest of the way. The Thunder hung close at 22-20. But a 13-1 run by the Maroons broke the game open. Senior forward Taylor Lake scored 10 points in the quarter while Wheaton only had eight points as a team. As the buzzer sounded for halftime, UChicago went into the locker room ahead 35-23.
The biggest lead of the game came at 54-37, thanks to two-consecutive threes by first-year guard Grace Hynes. But the Thunder surprised the Maroons by scoring the next 13 points in-a-row to climb back into the contest. The streak was eventually broken by a trey from senior guard Mia Farrell.
Down the stretch, the Maroons kept executing their offense and held a lead of at least seven points for the final five minutes of the game.
The defense also stepped up, as the visiting side limited Wheaton's All-American forward Hannah Frazier to six points on 2-for-10 shooting overall.
UChicago converted 40.6 percent of its field goals, 34.4 percent from three-point territory (11-32) and 58.8 percent from the charity stripe (10-17). Wheaton made 44.1 percent of its field goals, 38.1 percent from deep (8-21) and 50 percent on free throws (4-8).
The rebounding battle ended in favor of the Maroons at 42-33, which included a 15-7 margin on the offensive glass.
Lake led the effort with 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Farrell also submitted a well-rounded stat line with 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Hynes tallied 15 points and nine rebounds off the bench. Burt contributed 13 points, four rebounds and four assists.
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