Women's basketball loses to Emory

The Carnegie Mellon women?s basketball team continued their recent slide with a 76?48 defeat to the Emory Eagles Friday night in Atlanta. The loss was the ninth in a row for the Tartans. The team is winless in the University Athletic Association (UAA). The Tartans offense was led by junior forward Rebecca Shore, who led the team with 12 points, nine rebounds, and four assists. Both teams began the contest sluggishly, with Carnegie Mellon perhaps showing the negative effects of a nearly 500-mile trip the night before to Atlanta. However, while the Tartans never seemed to loosen up, it took Emory only seven minutes: The Eagles went on a 9?0 run early in the first half to claim a double-digit advantage.
The Tartans kept the game close for much of the way, but Emory?s amazing three-point barrage (11 for 17 from behind the arc) kept CMU back ? as well as the Eagles? dominating performance by all-conference guard Beth Bergmann. Bergmann had 19 points and prevented any hopes of a Carnegie Mellon
comeback. Though the Tartans had closed to within 10 points at the half, Emory pulled away in the second half. They held a 44?26 advantage in the period to close out Carnegie Mellon.
For the Tartans, the loss goes down as just another learning experience for a team that has had more than their share already. As junior point guard Ashley Mazziota said, ?We?re still a young team struggling with everything right now. The shots aren?t falling and we?re giving up a lot of points but we can only just keep pushing to get better.?
Even more than Emory?s terrific outside shooting, the Tartans were done in by an amazing
29 turnovers. Senior guard Carissa Sain, and the rest of the Tartan backcourt were bothered by Emory?s constant pressure. This pressure not only resulted in numerous turnovers, but also limited the team?s ability to set up their own offensive plays.
Further curbing the Tartan?s possession time was a negative rebounding margin of 39?5. The differential of minus 34 was the team?s worst of the season and caused the Tartans to attempt 14 fewer field goals than Emory, to go along with only 44 percent shooting from the field. For Mazziota, these two statistics were insurmountable.
?They had the ball a lot more than us because of their defense and rebounding and it made it too difficult for us to make a real run.?
Sunday?s game in Cleveland has been postponed due to weather, so the Tartans will return to Skibo Gymnasium on February 4.