Chicago's Bryanne Halfhill

CHICAGO -- Senior Bryanne Halfhill scored 16 of her game-high 19 points in the second half as second-ranked Chicago defeated eighth-ranked Washington (Mo.)  65-62 in the University Athletic Association opener for both teams Saturday.

Chicago (11-0 overall, 1-0 UAA) fell behind by as many as nine points in the first half and trailed 32-25 at the break.

Halfhill scored eight points during a 1:16 span as part of a 22-4 Chicago run to open the second stanza. Halfhill connected on five of eight 3-point attempts en route to her 19-point effort.

Washington (10-2, 0-1) closed to within a point, 60-59, at the 1:17 mark, but the Maroons capped the victory with a layup from senior Meghan Herrick with :48 left and a Halfhill 3-pointer with :07 to go.

Senior Taylor Simpson finished with 14 points, while senior Morgan Herrick added 10.

Dani Hoover (14 points) and Alyssa Johanson (10) paced Washington.

Simpson and Washington's Melissa Gilkey shared game-high rebounding honors with eight boards apiece. Morgan and Meghan Herrick each handed out six assists. Chicago outshot the Bears (49 percent to 44 percent), while Washington held the edge on the boards (34-28).