CHICAGO – The University of Chicago women's basketball team stayed tied atop the University Athletic Association's standings and snapped a brief two-game losing streak with a 73-56 victory over Carnegie Mellon University on Friday night at the Ratner Athletics Center.
The No. 24-ranked Maroons improved to 16-5 overall and 7-3 in UAA play. The Tartans fell to 10-11 on the season and 3-7 in the UAA.
UChicago was able to coast after a hot-shooting first half. The Maroons opened up a 13-2 lead in the first five minutes and were up 10 after the first quarter. A 19-5 run going into halftime helped UChicago expand the advantage to 24 at 46-22. The Maroons found little difficulty hitting from all parts of the floor in the first 20 minutes, making 19-of-31 shots (61 percent) while also connecting on 5-of-12 attempts for three.
The Maroons struggled to hold onto the ball in the third quarter, committing eight turnovers, but only saw their lead slip to 22, 57-35. The teams mostly traded baskets through the fourth quarter, as a game-ending 9-1 Tartan run only impacted UChicago's margin of victory.
In addition to its outstanding first-half shooting, UChicago dominated inside. The Maroons were led by senior forward Taylor Lake, who scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds while going 6-for-9 from the floor. UChicago posted 32 points in the paint, while Carnegie Mellon only scored 20.
Lake led the UChicago offense numerous ways, recording seven assists to go with her team-high point and rebound totals. UChicago's scoring was well-distributed, as first-year guard Grace Hynes (13 points), senior guard Miranda Burt (12) and senior guard Mia Farrell (nine) all hit at least four shots. In all, 12 different Maroons found the scoreboard.
Rebounding went in the hosts' favor at 40-32, as did assists at 21-10. The two teams combined for 49 total turnovers.
With the victory, UChicago remains level with New York University for the best record in the UAA after the Violets also won Friday night, beating Emory University 54-50 in Atlanta. UChicago, NYU and Emory entered the evening in a three-way tie for the conference lead. UChicago won its first meeting against NYU, 82-71, in Chicago on Jan. 24. The two teams will meet again next Friday in Pleasantville, N.Y.
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