Women’s basketball wins tournament

Coming off of a 5–20 season last year, the Carnegie Mellon women’s basketball team opened its 2006–07 campaign last weekend with two wins, quickly erasing last season’s shortcomings. Defeating Villa Julie College 70–62 on Saturday and Penn State–Altoona 86–60 on Sunday, the Tartans took the Terry Greene Tip Off Classic championship title.

The tournament was held at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa.

On Saturday, Carnegie Mellon opened with an early 9–0 lead in the first few minutes of the game. The Villa Julie Mustangs fought back, taking a 28–24 lead going into the second half. The Tartans pulled ahead for good with 16 minutes left in the game, extending their lead by eight points by the game’s end.

Sophomore Ashley Rothwell shot six of eight from the field, recording a career-high 18 points. Junior guard Leah Feola and sophomore guard Colleen Light each had 16 points and eight rebounds. Feola added five assists and three blocks for the Tartans.

On Sunday, in the championship game against Penn State–Altoona, the Tartans again took control of the game early, amassing a 16-point lead and going into the second half with a 41–26 advantage. Carnegie Mellon never gave up its lead, winning the game by 26 points.

Light led the Tartans with a career-high 21 points. Feola added 15 points, and Rothwell recorded 12 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Stacie Aleski collected 11 points, nine assists, and three steals during the game.
Light and Rothwell were named to the all-tournament team, and Light was named the most valuable player of the tournament.

The Tartans return to play on Saturday when they host Thiel College in a 6 p.m. game.