CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. — Junior Joann Torres led four Maroons in double figures with a career-high 16 points as Chicago earned a trip to the NCAA Division III elite eight with an 87-61 victory against Greensboro College on Friday evening at Thomas More College.
The win — the Maroons’ 21st in a row — sends Chicago to its first appearance in the national quarterfinals on Saturday at 7 p.m. (ET) where it will take on the winner of Friday’s second game between the host Saints and Washington University at St. Louis.
Saturday’s winner will move on to the Division III final four to be held March 18-19 at Illinois Wesleyan University.
Chicago (25-3) trailed for the first time in three NCAA tournament games when Greensboro (28-3) took an early 8-7 lead.
The Maroons then outscored the Pride 24-8 over the next eight minutes to build to 31-16 advantage with 8:53 left in the opening period. Chicago led 43-28 at the intermission.
Chicago opened the second half with a 7-2 run to increase its lead to 50-30 at the 16:37 mark. The Maroons led by at least 13 points the rest of the way and remained on top by 20 or more points for the game’s final three minutes.
Torres connected on six of eight shots from the field, including a 4-for-5 effort from 3-point distance.
Chicago senior Dana Kaplan came off the bench to score 13 points in 21 minutes.
Junior Taylor Simpson finished with 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals for the Maroons, while junior Morgan Herrick added 11 points.
Led by 12 rebounds from junior Meghan Herrick, the Maroons outrebounded Greensboro by a 49-35 margin.
Greensboro’s Danielle Duncan led all scorers with 28 points. Bianca Richburg and Andrienne Terrell finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Chicago outshot the Pride 49 percent to 33 percent.
Friday’s win marked Chicago’s 12th straight away from home.