PITTSBURGH – The University of Chicago women's basketball team clamped down defensively on Carnegie Mellon University en route to a 52-38 victory on Friday evening.
The No. 14-ranked Maroons improved to 11-2 overall and 2-0 in the University Athletic Association (UAA). The Tartans dropped to 7-6 on the year and 0-2 in the UAA. UChicago has now won its past seven meetings with CMU by an average of 20.9 points per game.
Midway through the first quarter, the Maroons trailed by three. But the visitors would subsequently embark on a 15-2 run to seize the advantage for good at 21-11. First-year guard Grace Hynes contributed eight of the 15 points scored in that time.
At the halftime break, UChicago led 31-21. Senior forward Taylor Lake paced the offense with 12 first-half points.
Offense hit the doldrums in the third quarter as the Maroons were limited to eight points, but the defense remained strong and the visitors outscored the hosts 13-7 in the fourth quarter.
The balanced scoring effort featured 14 points by Hynes, 13 points from Lake and 11 points by senior guard Miranda Burt. Sophomore forward Klaire Steffens snagged a game-high 12 rebounds to go with three steals and two blocks.
UChicago shot 37 percent from the field, 38.5 percent from three-point range (5-13) and 54.2 percent on free throws (13-24). CMU was held to 26.3 percent shooting overall, 14.3 percent from three (1-7) and 58.3 percent from the line (7-12). It marks the third time this season that the Maroons have held an opponent below 30 percent shooting on field goals.
Turnovers were even at 21 each, as were rebounds at 38-38.
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