CHICAGO – A Sunday afternoon slugfest tipped towards the University of Chicago women's basketball team in clutch moments as the Maroons rallied late against Brandeis University to win a 68-60 overtime contest.
The No. 16-ranked Maroons (13-3 overall, 4-1 UAA) have now won nine-straight home games at the Ratner Athletics Center. The Judges fell to 12-4 overall and 2-3 in the University Athletic Association (UAA).
UChicago guard Miranda Burt made it a historic day as well – the senior eclipsed 1,000 career points during the game. She became the third Maroon in the class of 2020 to reach that milestone this season, joining teammates Taylor Lake and Mia Farrell. Burt became the 16th Maroon to score 1,000 points in program history.
Points proved hard to come by. Tough defense by both teams forced long possessions, and tough layups at the rim refused to go down all afternoon. The Maroons converted 33.3 percent of their field goals on the day, while the Judges were limited to 29 percent shooting.
Senior guard Nireet Dhillon canned a three-pointer as the first quarter ended to put her team ahead 17-14. By halftime, the score stood at 25-24 in favor of UChicago.
The back-and-forth nature of the game continued. Both sides kept each other in striking range the whole time. Points came at a premium with both offenses consistently going deep into the shot clock. Brandeis took advantage of accumulating fouls in the fourth quarter and were automatic at the free throw line – the visitors made 19 of 20 over the course the contest (95 percent).
The Judges appeared to have the upper hand at 53-50 in the final minute of regulation. However, first-year guard Grace Hynes hit the biggest shot of the game with a spot-up three on the left wing with 23 seconds left to tie it. Brandeis drove the lane on the following possession, but Burt came up with a block in the paint to send the game to overtime.
With all the momentum on its side, UChicago came roaring out of the gate in the extra period with an 8-0 run. Sophomore forward Klaire Steffens delivered a three-point play on a put back and foul to make it 61-53. Steffens frequently bailed out the Maroons with offensive rebounds to keep possessions alive. She claimed 12 rebounds over the course of the second half and overtime.
The Judges made things interesting, inching to within 63-60. Then Lake delivered a huge three-pointer with 34 seconds left. Two defensive stops later, the Maroons finished off the eight-point victory.
Burt compiled 16 points and four steals. Lake tabulated 15 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. Steffens snagged a career-high 17 rebounds to go with her 12 points. Farrell added 11 points and eight rebounds.
UChicago finished with crucial advantages in turnovers (20-12), second-chance points (20-6) and rebounds (49-46).
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