CHICAGO — In one of the most anticipated NCAA Division III women’s basketball games of the week, second-ranked Chicago defeated fifth-ranked Rochester 75-59 in University Athletic Association play Sunday at the Ratner Athletics Center. Both teams entered the contest with 17-0 overall records.
Chicago (18-0 overall, 7-0 UAA) held the lead for all but three minutes early in the first half en route to building a 35-27 halftime advantage.
The Maroons took their first double-digit lead of the second half, 46-36, on a layup by senior Taylor Simpson with 16:43 left in the contest.
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Senior Bryanne Halfhill’s 3-pointer at the 9:58 mark put the Maroons on top 56-44. Chicago led by double figures the rest of the day.
With her 3-point shot with 9:58 left in the game, Halfhill became Chicago’s all-time leader in that category (175). Later in the second half, she became the 10th player in school history to reach the 1,000 career point plateau. Halfhill finished the game with 14 points.
Senior Morgan Herrick led all scorers with 16 points for Chicago, while senior Meghan Herrick added 13 points. Morgan Herrick was perfect on seven attempts from the field. Madeline Korber and Loren Wagner paced the Yellowjackets (17-1, 6-1) with 10 points each.
Chicago outshot Rochester 52 percent to 45 percent and notched a 36-23 advantage on the boards.
With the victory, Chicago remained one of five undefeated teams in the NCAA Division III. Chicago extended the nation’s longest regular season winning streak to 36 games.
The Maroons won their 22nd in a row at home, their 21st consecutive in UAA play, and their 47th consecutive game when leading at halftime.
Chicago posted its fourth consecutive win against Rochester and its third in a row versus the Yellowjackets at the Ratner Center.