ST. LOUIS – The University of Chicago women's basketball team entered Saturday's conference opener riding an eight-game winning streak, and the Maroons maintained their high-level of play with a 78-64 victory at rival Washington University – St. Louis.
The No. 16-ranked Maroons moved to 10-2 overall and 1-0 in the University Athletic Association (UAA). The Bears fell to 7-5 (0-1 UAA).
UChicago's offense has now scored at least 73 points in 11 out of 12 games this season. The visitors reached 78 points by converting 45 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from long range (5-15) and 79.2 percent on free throws (19-24).
On the other side of the court, WashU shot 36.4 percent from the field, 31.6 percent from three (6-19) and 71.4 percent from the charity stripe (10-14).
The first half was nip and tuck, as UChicago held a slim 35-34 at halftime. The third quarter was pivotal for the away team. Senior guard Miranda Burt began the period with a 7-0 run of her own thanks to a layup, two free throws and a three-pointer. By the time the Bears got back into the scoring column, they trailed 49-38. Senior forward Taylor Lake tallied nine points in a three-minute stretch as well to improve the margin to 55-43.
The 26-14 advantage in the third quarter allowed UChicago to lead by at least eight points for the entirety for the fourth quarter.
Burt paced the scoring effort with 22 points on 8-for-11 shooting overall. Lake contributed 21 points, nine rebounds and four steals. First-year guard Grace Hynes tallied a double-double with 13 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. Senior guard Mia Farrell and sophomore forward Klaire Steffens combined for 16 points and 16 rebounds.
The Maroons dominated the boards with a 47-30 rebounding advantage. The two teams combined for 39 turnovers.
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