Sports in Brief

The women’s basketball team lost the first of a four-game home stretch against third-ranked WaΩshington University in St. Louis on Friday night 83–58. The Tartans got into early foul trouble, allowing the Washington Bears to race to a double-digit lead. The Bears relied on their perimeter shooting and uptempo style to exploit the Tartans’ zone defense. In the second half, the Tartans came out gunning with a 7–2 run led by first-year Jeanette Schilling. However, CMU’s Rachelle Roll suffered a right ankle sprain with six minutes left, and the Tartans were unable to finish strong. Schilling had a team-high 12 points and four rebounds while Danielle Beehler had a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds for Washington.
Following the loss to Washington, the Tartans were unable to bounce back and secure a win against the University of Chicago Maroons Sunday, losing 72–50. Trailing most of the game, CMU was able to step ahead to 16–15 with 9:52 left in the first quarter, but Chicago responded with a 24–10 run to close the half. The Maroons never trailed after halftime as they prevented the Tartan players from scoring in the double digits, forcing a disappointing 28.8 percent from the field. Following this loss, CMU falls to 0–9 in the UAA with an overall record of 5–15. Dava Sommermeyer was the leading scorer for CMU with nine points while Susie Gutowski had 21 points and eight rebounds for Chicago.
The women face New York University on Friday at 6 pm and Brandeis on Sunday at 3 pm. Both games are at home.
In their first match of the 2006 portion of their season, men’s tennis served up a 5–4 win over Division II Mercyhurst College, which now has a 4–2 record. Lucas Krasowski, Dan Munoz, and Jordan Koslosky all won their singles matches in two sets. Andrew Clearfield came back after a rough first set to win his match against Lee Michael Marnik. Two Tartan doubles teams fell to the Lakers, and the last won by default. Tennis faces Kenyon College and Denison University this week.
The Carnegie Mellon men’s and women’s indoor track and field team competed at the unscored Denison University Big Red Invitational last Saturday.
The men claimed first in seven events, and had 16 top-three finishes at the meet. CMU’s performance in the 800-meter dash was exemplary — the Tartans chased down four of the top five places. The team went into the event with one meet — a first place win — under their belts. With a large team and a strong start, the season looks promising for
the men.
Three Tartan women won top finishes and the team placed in the top three in another three events. Jocelyn Sikora finished the 1500-meter run nearly two seconds before her closest competitor. Jessica Meng dominated the triple jump, soaring two feet farther than the competition.
Allison Hannen topped eight feet in the pole vault, a full foot higher than her only competitor.
The women’s successes should be a boost to the team’s morale. In their first meet, the women took seventh place out of nine. The team has hard work ahead if they want to see some more first place finishes as the season moves forward.
On February 10, both track and field teams will compete at the Oberlin Invitational.