Women’s basketball wins its first UAA games

The Carnegie Mellon women’s basketball team outshot two University Athletic Association (UAA) opponents at home this weekend to decisively end a three-game losing streak. After defeating Emory University 77–66 on Friday evening, the Tartans went on to demolish Case Western Reserve University 70–58 on Sunday afternoon.

On Friday, the Tartans dominated the Emory Eagles in their first UAA win of the season. Carnegie Mellon led the entire game, overtaking Emory by 11 points for a 77–66 finish.

Sophomore point guard Stacie Aleski set the stage for the Tartans with a three-pointer in the second minute of play. The Tartans built up their lead to 8–0 before Beth Bergmann sank a three-point shot for Emory to bring the score to 8–3 with 15 minutes left in the first half.

A layup by sophomore forward Jeanette Schilling brought the Tartan lead to 18 points (33–15) with two minutes remaining in the first half. The Eagles, lead by sophomore Erica Kaplan, went on a streak, scoring eight points to bring the score to 33–23 before the break.

Emory started the second half strong, cutting the Tartan lead to three points (46–43) with 13 minutes left in the game. Less than a minute later, Bergmann took advantage of a Carnegie Mellon turnover to tie the game at 46–46. After exchanging turnovers, junior guard Leah Feola sank a layup to place the Tartans back on top. Carnegie Mellon maintained its lead for the rest of the game.

Sophomore forward Ashley Rothwell and first-year guard Paige Williamson led the Tartan scoring with 15 points apiece. Aleski and Feola followed closely with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Sophomore guard Colleen Light added 10 points to the Tartan total. Feola grabbed 13 rebounds throughout the game.

“The first couple [UAA] games have been tough because we played the top teams,” Feola said. “It was really good to get these wins. It really boosted our confidence.”

The Tartans opened strong against Case on Sunday, pulling away from the Spartans 21–12 within the first 10 minutes of the game. Case rebounded to score seven straight points before the half, bringing them within three of Carnegie Mellon, 32–29.
The Tartans fought back after the break, but could not keep the Spartans from taking the lead five minutes into the second half, 40–38. Carnegie Mellon tied the score at 46–46 with 10 minutes to play before Aleski sank a three-pointer to put the Tartans on top for the rest of the game.

Feola led the Tartans with 14 points and 11 rebounds, making Sunday Feola’s third straight double-double game. First-year guard Paige Williamson had 13 points off the bench, while Aleski had 10 points and eight rebounds.

“It’s nice to win. We are all coming together, we are all playing well, and our young players are stepping up, so we are getting some wins,” Feola said. “Our defense has been incredible and our offense is finally picking it up and playing together.”
The Tartans (8–10, 2–5 UAA) will head to the Spartans’ court on Friday for a rematch scheduled to start at 6 p.m.