Courtesy of UofRathletics.com
The Rochester women’s team fought until the closing minutes to earn a 81-75 victory over the 13th-ranked University of Chicago on Sunday at the Louis Alexander Palestra.
A back-and-forth battle in the fourth quarter saw each side shoot over 60% from the field over the first five minutes of action.
With 2:05 remaining in the game, Chicago (15-5, 6-3 UAA) relied on a layup from Mia Ferrell to tie the game at 72-72. It marked the first time since the first quarter in which Rochester (9-11, 3-6 UAA) did not hold the lead.
In retaliation, an and-one from Tessa Ludwick allowed for Rochester to take back the lead. Ludwick finished the game with a team-team 26 points to go with eight rebounds, three assists and three steals.
With 26.9 seconds left in the final quarter, Julianna Okoniewski drew a foul that resulted in Rochester earning the 77-73 advantage. Okoniewski finished with a double-double, adding 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Chicago could not secure themselves a basket in the final seconds, solidifying the win for Rochester.
The women came out of the gate strong with a 9-3 run to open the first quarter. Okoniewski contributed with 10 points in the first quarter en route to granting Rochester the early lead.
Efficient defense from the Yellowjackets resulted in Chicago only making three of their first 13 attempts from the field. Heading into the second quarter, Rochester held onto a 26-15 lead.
The Yellowjackets opened the second quarter with a similar tone, forcing a 12-0 run to expand their lead to 38-15. Ludwick managed to contribute eight of those points during the stretch.
Hannah Lindemuth continued to take smart shots in the first half, gathering 10 points, five boards and two assists. She finished the game with 18 points, six rebounds, three blocks and a steal.
At halftime, the Yellowjackets managed to put together a 44-28 lead over Chicago.
The team relied on four blocks and a steal in the third quarter in order to hold onto their advantage. Shannon Loiseau earned three blocks in an effort to protect the paint. She ended with an additional four points and six rebounds.
Rochester finished 26-of-60 (43.3%) from the field, 4-of-13 (30.8%) from deep, and 25-of-31 (80.6%). from the free throw line. By the end, they led for 96.1% of the game.
The Yellowjackets will look to continue their success as they host Brandeis University on Friday at 6pm.