Women’s basketball defeated by Emory and Case

The Carnegie Mellon women’s basketball team went on the road for the last time this season to play two University Athletic Association (UAA) games. They made a trip to Atlanta to play Emory University on Friday evening and then to Cleveland to match up against Case Western Reserve University yesterday afternoon. The Tartans (5–19 overall, 0–13 in the UAA) could not muster a victory in either game, as they lost 84–43 to the Eagles on Friday and followed that up with a 72–61 defeat at the hands of the Spartans yesterday.

Against Emory the Tartans could not get into a rhythm on offense, and they dug themselves into a deep hole before the end of the first half. The Eagles (15–8, 5–7) took a 39–19 halftime lead and picked up where they left off to gradually increase their lead, winning by 41 points. The Tartans again fell behind early yesterday, but they buckled down and played hard to outscore Case 38–32 in the second half before losing by 11.

Sophomore Leah Feola became the first Tartan to score over 20 points in a game this season as she got a career-high 24 points on 10–15 shooting against Case Western (12–12, 5–8). First-year forward Ashley Rothwell came off the bench to score a career-high 12 points in both games, while also collecting a career-high 12 rebounds against Case. Senior Dava Sommermeyer added nine points and five rebounds in the loss to Emory, while first-year guard Corey Innes contributed a career-high nine points versus the Spartans.

Yesterday, a Rothwell layup off a pass from Sommermeyer brought the Tartans within one point at 20–19 at the 8:24 mark, but then Case ended the half with a 20–4 run to take a 40–23 lead. Feola caught fire in the second half for the Tartans, erupting for 17 of her 24 points, en route to cutting the deficit from 17 to 11 when the final buzzer sounded.

The women’s basketball team will cap their season on Saturday, February 25, at 2 pm in Skibo Gymnasium when they take on the University of Rochester. They will need to defeat the Yellowjackets to avoid going winless in UAA play. The UAA is one of the premier conferences in women’s Division III basketball; they currently have four schools ranked in the USA Today Division III Coaches’ Poll, including Washington University in St. Louis, which leads the way at number three. Don’t take pity on the Tartans, however — they consider playing strong UAA competition as a challenge and a great opportunity. “It’s exciting because you know you’re in the best conference in Division III,” said head coach Gerri Seidl. “Every game is going to be a dogfight. We have to come ready to play game in and game out.”