CHICAGO – With Mia Farrell providing a scoring surge, the University of Chicago women's basketball team rode a strong second half to an 82-71 home victory over New York University on Friday evening.
The No. 16-ranked Maroons improved to 12-3 overall and 3-1 within the University Athletic Association (UAA). The Violets dropped to 12-3 (2-2 UAA).
NYU came into the night with the league's top scoring offense (81.0 points per game) and the UAA's top scorer in guard Janean Cuffee (21.4 PPG). Cuffee made her presence known right from the start by scoring her team's opening seven points of the game. The Violets pulled ahead 12-4, but UChicago's offense began to warm up from there. Two layups by senior guard Farrell and a three-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer by rookie guard Grace Hynes pulled the hosts ahead 20-19.
The fast-paced nature of the game continued. NYU pushed the pace in transition, frequently getting behind defenders and grabbing long outlet passes. However, the Maroons were the ones who held a 26-10 scoring advantage in the paint over the course of the first half.
By halftime, both teams were shooting 50 percent from the field while the lead changed hands 11 times. UChicago took advantage of its physicality to go to the free throw line 12 times while the Violets had zero attempts. NYU made up for it by sinking 7 of 17 from three-point range. Cuffee had 19 points to her credit at the break.
A seven-point run to start the third quarter got UChicago back on top at 46-41. Farrell's aggression was key throughout, as she rolled to the basket for layups, absorbed fouls and hit pull-up jumpers. The senior tallied 18 points in the second half.
The Maroons led for most of the third quarter, but only held a slight 61-58 edge heading into the fourth. Three-straight layups staked the lead to 67-58, and the offensive momentum continued from there. Two Taylor Lake free throws made it a double-digit advantage at 75-64. The lead never dipped below eight points the rest of the way.
Farrell matched her career high in points with 31. She made 10 of 15 from the field and 10 of 12 at the line. She was joined in double-digit scoring by Hynes (12), senior guard Miranda Burt (10) and Lake (10).
UChicago outshot NYU from the field 58.5 percent to 37.5 percent. But the Violets held sway from three-point range, going 10 of 31 compared to 2 of 10 by the hosts. Rebounds went in favor of the Maroons 36-30.
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