U of R swept at home by Chicago



#19/#21 Chicago 74, #7/#7 Rochester (N.Y.) 59

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Olariche Obi and Mia Farrell combined for 38 points to lead the University of Chicago to a 74-59 victory over the University of Rochester in a women’s basketball matchup of nationally-ranked teams at the Louis Alexander Palestra on Sunday afternoon.

Chicago entered the weekend ranked #21 in the media poll and #19 by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Rochester started the weekend ranked #7 by both organizations.

Obi scored a game-high 22 points, collected 11 rebounds, and recorded six steals for the Maroons (16-2, 7-0 UAA). Farrell had 16 points. Chicago moved into sole possession of first place in the UAA at 7-0, one game ahead of Rochester (16-2, 6-1). Chicago ran its winning streak to 14. Rochester had an 11-game winning streak snapped. UR’s last loss came on December 1 against then-top-ranked Tufts University in the Williams College Invitational.

Brenna James scored a career-high 15 points for Rochester in 20 minutes off the bench. She hit 6-8 from the foul line. Alexandra Leslie scored 14 points, had 11 rebounds, and three blocked shots.

Chicago moved in front with a 13-3 run over three-plus minutes in the first quarter. Obi scored five of the 13 points. That put UC ahead, 15-12, with 1:35 left in the period. It was 15-14 after one.

The UC lead grew to five, 19-14, before Rochester used a mini- 6-2 spurt to get within 21-20. Lizzy Atkinson and James hit two free throws apiece and Emma Michaels sank a reverse layup on a putback. Chicago scored seven of the next nine points to move to a 28-22 lead. It was 32-26 at the half.

Farrell scored four points and three other players contributed to an 11-5 stretch that opened the third and gave Chicago a 43-31 lead. James had the five Rochester points, hitting a pullup three-pointer on the break, then driving for a layup. Rochester narrowed it to seven four times in that quarter, but Madison Dunbar scored on a putback, then drove for a layup to get the lead back to double digits (53-42).

Chicago scored 20 points off 21 Rochester turnovers. The Maroons made 13 steals – six by Obi, two each by Taylor Lake, Jamie Kockenmeister, and Elizabeth Nye, one by Farrell. UC scored 11 second-chance points off nine offensive rebounds.

Rochester scored 17 points off 16 Chicago giveaways. The Yellowjackets blocked five shots – three by Leslie, and grabbed 14 offensive rebounds, scoring eight points.

Newspaper Box Score

Chicago vs Rochester

01/28/18 2:00 pm at Rochester, NY - Louis Alexander Palestra

At Rochester, NY - Louis Alexander Palestra


CHICAGO (16-2, 7-0 UAA)

Obi, Olariche 10-18 2-3 22; Farrell, Mia 5-14 6-6 16; Dunbar, Madison 4-4

0-1 8; Lake, Taylor 4-12 0-1 8; Burt, Miranda 2-7 0-0 6; Nye, Elizabeth 2-4

2-2 6; Kockenmeister, Jamie 2-5 0-0 4; Igunbor, Marissa 1-6 0-0 2; O'Hara,

Meaghan 0-1 2-2 2; McCray, Elisabeth 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-71 12-15 74.

ROCHESTER (16-2, 6-1 UAA)

James,Brenna 4-7 6-8 15; Leslie,Alexandra 7-14 0-0 14; Atkinson,Lizzy 1-12

6-7 8; Deming,Lauren 2-9 2-4 6; Michaels,Emma 2-5 1-1 5; Lauer,Brynn 2-7 1-1

5; Foley,Lauren 1-2 0-0 3; Ludwick,Tessa 1-5 0-0 2; Kronenwetter,Mary 0-1

1-2 1; McCartney,Shea 0-1 0-0 0; Mair,Gillian 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-63 17-23


Chicago....................... 15 17 21 21 - 74

Rochester..................... 14 12 18 15 - 59

3-point goals--Chicago 2-6 (Burt, Miranda 2-2; Farrell, Mia 0-1; Nye,

Elizabeth 0-1; Kockenmeister, Jamie 0-2), Rochester 2-13 (James,Brenna 1-2;

Foley,Lauren 1-1; Atkinson,Lizzy 0-3; Deming,Lauren 0-2; Michaels,Emma 0-1;

Lauer,Brynn 0-1; Ludwick,Tessa 0-3). Fouled out--Chicago-None,

Rochester-None. Rebounds--Chicago 38 (Obi, Olariche 11), Rochester 44

(Leslie,Alexandra 11). Assists--Chicago 2 (Obi, Olariche 2), Rochester 10

(Atkinson,Lizzy 3; Deming,Lauren 3). Total fouls--Chicago 22, Rochester 15.

Technical fouls--Chicago-None, Rochester-None. A-250

Rochester is ranked #7, Chicago #21 in latest poll.


Chicago 72, #22 Rochester 65

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Chicago’s Collin Barthel beat the shot clock buzzer with a three-pointer to snuff out a Rochester rally and the Maroons went on to a 72-65 victory over the Yellowjackets at the Louis Alexander Palestra on Sunday afternoon.

Rochester native Jake Fenlon (McQuaid Jesuit HS) led the visitors with 24 points, including six three-pointers. Barthel scored 11 points and hauled down 13 rebounds. Noah Karras scored nine points and Jake Berhost had eight points.

Ryan Clamage, who played scholastically at Lake Forest Academy in the Chicagoland area, led Rochester with 16 points and nine rebounds. Andrew Lundstrom contributed 13 points off the bench while Jacob Wittig had 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and three steals.

Rochester used an 8-2 run to pull within 63-59 with 1:51 to play after Lundstrom scored on a fast break. In the front court, Chicago swung the ball around against pressure and found Barthel just to the left of the key. With the shot clock below two seconds, he fired and it rattled in, giving the Maroons a 66-59 edge.

Chicago is 8-10 overall, 4-3 in the University Athletic Association. The win was just the second on the road for Chicago this season. Rochester is 13-5 overall, 4-3 in the UAA. Rochester, Chicago, and Case Western Reserve are all tied for third place in the UAA standings behind Washington (MO) (7-0) and Emory (6-1). UR plays at Washington next Friday and Chicago next Sunday. UC hosts Emory Friday, Rochester Sunday.

The last time Chicago played at Rochester on a Sunday was Super Bowl Sunday (February 7, 2016), the Yellowjackets hit a three-pointer at the overtime buzzer after an intentionally missed free throw to pull out a 77-76 victory. UC was ranked #21 in Division III at the time. When the teams meet next Sunday, it will be Super Bowl Sunday again.

Rochester began the week ranked #22 in the media poll.

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