Women’s basketball wins three of four contests

Over the last two weeks, the Carnegie Mellon women’s basketball team improved its season record to 5–1, with wins on the road over Grove City College, Frostburg State University, and Waynesburg University.

The Tartans suffered one loss against Capital University 39–77 in the opening game of the Ohio Wesleyan Bishop Classic “Hoops for Hope” Tournament Friday, Nov. 23.

Tuesday, Nov. 20, the Tartans recorded a 59–47 victory over Grove City, as junior guard Stacie Aleski led all scorers with a season-high 19 points along with eight rebounds and two steals. Junior forward Jeanette Schilling added 10 points in the victory, while junior forward Rachelle Roll contributed a season-high 11 rebounds.

Friday, Nov. 23, saw the opening game of the Ohio Wesleyan Bishop Classic for the Tartans, who first faced 13th-ranked Capital. For the first time this season, the Tartans came up short, falling 39–77 to a talented Capital team.

“Capital is a great team; they are ranked in the country and they are a great example of what we should strive to become,” Schilling said.

The Tartans struggled with their shooting in the first half as Capital raced to a 38–14 halftime lead, hitting 51.7 percent of their shot attempts (including five threes), while the Tartans made just 18.8 percent of their shots.

In the second half, the Crusaders continued with their red-hot shooting, extending their lead and eventually wrapping up a well-deserved victory over the Tartans.

Junior forward Ashley Rothwell led the Tartans with 11 points, while Schilling contributed eight rebounds. Capital’s Kristen Richardson led all players with 15 points. With the win, the Crusaders improved to 3–0 while Carnegie Mellon dropped to 3–1.

The next day, the Tartans rebounded from their disappointing loss to Capital with a convincing 57–53 victory over Frostburg in the consolation game of the tournament. Three players posted double figures for the Tartans, who jumped out to an early nine-point lead just seven minutes into the game. Meanwhile, the Bobcats managed just three baskets over this seven-minute span in which the Tartans led 15–6.

The Bobcats then followed with an aggressive run to pull to within two on a layup by Ashley Anthony with 3:02 remaining in the first half, closing the score at 19–17. Not willing to let up, the Tartans answered strongly with a 10–3 run of their own to end the half when junior Corey Innes and Schilling each hit two free throws and a basket; the Bobcats missed all seven of their attempts.

The second half began with the Tartans on fire as they hit seven of their first 11 shots, ending on a three-pointer by Innes at the 7:20 mark, which gave the Tartans a 51–32 advantage and their largest lead of the game.

Though a late Frostburg run closed the gap to three with 1:11 to play, the Tartans were able to hold on to their lead and record their fourth win in five games. Innes, Schilling, and senior Leah Feola each had 10 points for the Tartans, while Rothwell led the team with nine boards off the glass. Roll and Feola also pulled down eight apiece.

“We are really playing as a team right now and are very intense defensively, which is helping to create our offense,” Schilling said.

Last Wednesday, the Tartans built on their win over Frostburg with a 60–50 triumph over Waynesburg. Aleski scored a game-high 18 points to go with her four steals, and Schilling tallied double figures for the second straight game with 10 points. Roll also contributed seven rebounds, nine points, and a career-high seven assists in the win.

The Tartans now have to prepare for their upcoming games in Cancun, Mexico, which begins Friday, Dec. 20. Carnegie Mellon will face Concordia University Texas and the University of La Verne at the tournament.