CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. — Danielle Duncan (Greensboro, NC/Ragsdale) scored a game-high 28 points, but Greensboro College lost to the University of Chicago, 87-61, on Friday night.
Bianca Richburg (Hillsborough, NC/Orange County) and Andrienne Terrell (Omaha, NE/Decatur) finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively. 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.
“We lost to a better team tonight,” GC Head Coach Randy Tuggle said. “We needed our “A”game to be able to win, and we made too many errors. They played physical and hard the whole game and capitalized on our errors.”
GC, however, ends its year with a number of benchmarks:
-The Pride posted the best basketball season statistically (28-3/.903 win pct.) in GC history.
-Greensboro won a program-record 24 straight games.
-The Pride reached the Sweet 16 for the first time in women’s basketball.
Joann Torres led four Maroons in double figures with a career-high 16 points as the University of Chicago women’s basketball team earned a trip to the NCAA Division III Elite Eight .
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 would remain 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 three-point distance.
Chicago’s Dana Kaplan came off the bench to score 13 points in 21 minutes.
Taylor Simpson finished with 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and four steals for the Maroons, while Morgan Herrick added 11 points.
Led by 12 rebounds from Meghan Herrick, the Maroons out rebounded Greensboro by a 49-35 margin.
Chicago out-shot the Pride 49% to 33%.