BEREA, Ohio – In a dramatic finish that came down to the wire, the University of Chicago women's basketball team suffered a 60-58 loss to Baldwin Wallace University in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.
The No. 18-ranked Maroons concluded their season at 21-6 – the sixth 20-win season in program history. The team also made their eighth NCAA tournament appearance since 2008. The senior class of Miranda Burt, Nireet Dhillon, Mia Farrell and Taylor Lake posted a four-year record of 83-24 (.776 winning percentage) with four trips to the NCAA postseason.
The early minutes belonged to the visitors. UChicago built up a 10-2 lead, which included a three-pointer from first-year guard Grace Hynes along with an and-one layup by Farrell. Balanced scoring allowed the Maroons to build up an 18-10 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
Hynes and Lake did most of the heavy lifting offensively in the second quarter with a combined 10 of the team's 12 points. Baldwin Wallace began to find its offensive groove and closed to within 30-26 at halftime.
The third quarter saw another UChicago surge to make the score 38-29. Once again, the Yellow Jackets fought back and whittled the deficit down to 43-40. Then in the fourth quarter, BWU recaptured the lead on a three-pointer, 47-46. Lake responded immediately with three-straight layups and a free throw to put her team back up 53-47.
In the waning minutes of the game, Lake sank a three-pointer with 1:42 remaining on the clock. Trailing 58-54, Baldwin Wallace converted a pair of threes on the next two possessions to provide the last points of the game. UChicago had the ball in the final seconds, but the potential tying shot would not go down.
Lake led the squad with 22 points while adding eight rebounds and four assists. Hynes posted a double-double with 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.
UChicago shot 40 percent from the field, 25 percent from three-point range (3-12) and 58.3 percent from the line (7-12). Baldwin Wallace made 35.4 percent of its field goals, 24 percent from long range (6-25) and 61.5 percent on free throws (8-13).
In the final stats, the Yellow Jackets led the rebounding category 46-34. Turnovers were almost even at 15 for BWU and 13 for the Maroons.