CHICAGO – An epic display of first-half defense decided Sunday's game early, as the University of Chicago women's basketball team blew past Case Western Reserve University 83-41 at the Ratner Athletics Center.
The No. 24-ranked Maroons (17-5 record) maintained their tie with New York University atop the University Athletic Association (UAA) standings at 8-3. The Spartans (10-12, 5-6 UAA) lost for the fourth-straight game.
The home side never trailed in the contest and started off right away with a Mia Farrell jumper seven seconds in. The first half turned into one of the most lopsided results in recent years. UChicago's typical fast pace on offense and swarming activity on defense effectively discombobulated the Spartans, who rushed ill-advised shots that only drew iron.
With their opponent on the ropes, the Maroons squeezed even harder in the second quarter, outscoring the visitors 20-3. CWRU made only one of 13 shots, UChicago grabbed every rebound it needed and pushed the other way. Senior forward Taylor Lake scored 12 points in the quarter with a variety of impressive finishes in the lane to go with a pair of three-pointers.
Over a nine-minute span starting from late in the first quarter, UChicago went on a 21-2 run. By halftime, the home side led 38-9.
While the Spartans were able to put up 14 points in the third quarter with better execution, the Maroons only became stronger offensively with 27 of their own. Farrell led the charge with 11 points in the period. The largest margin was 49 points in the fourth quarter as UChicago cruised to the finish.
The Maroons controlled all aspects of the game, including field-goal percentage (45.7 to 26.3 percent), three-pointers (11 to 4), rebounds (50-36), second-chance points (17-2) and turnovers forced (19-8).
Farrell was the game's big scorer as the senior guard dropped in 23 points to go with five rebounds. Lake was next on the scoring list with 17 points. Sophomore forward Klaire Steffens and first-year forward Mallory Brodnik combined for 16 points and 20 rebounds.
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