Women’s basketball team loses to UAA foes

After defeating Case Western Reserve University and Emory University two weeks ago at home, Carnegie Mellon’s women’s basketball team traveled to play these University Athletic Association (UAA) foes on their home courts last weekend. The Tartans came up short, losing to Case 76–59 and Emory 77–55.

On Friday in Cleveland, the Tartans were unable to maintain their two-game winning streak as Case (9–10, 1–7) defeated Carnegie Mellon.

Junior guard Leah Feola opened the game with a layup in the second minute of play, but it was the last time the Tartans would hold a point advantage throughout the game. Feola scored 20 points during the game, a personal season-high.
The Spartans gained momentum early, building a 15-point lead within the first 16 minutes of the game.

Sophomore guard Stacie Aleski tried to rally the Tartans — scoring seven points during a 10–3 run — to end the first half trailing by eight points (33–25). Aleski had 17 points throughout the game.

Carnegie Mellon continued its comeback in the second half when a three-pointer by sophomore guard Colleen Light pulled the Tartans to within one point of Case (39–38) with 15 minutes left on the clock. But Case responded with a 20–7 surge to bring the score to 59–45 with just seven minutes left to play.

Case never looked back, scoring 17 points to the Tartans’ 14 and ending the game. The Spartans hit 46.4 percent of their shots as Carnegie Mellon made just 37 percent. Case players Maria Jackson and Ashley Horton were instrumental in the Spartan win, scoring 26 and 14 points, respectively.

Two days later on Sunday, the Emory Eagles (8–12, 2–7) saw success on their home court, defeating Carnegie Mellon by 22 points.

The Tartans came out strong, beginning the game with a 6–0 run. The lead switched hands throughout the first half, but the Tartans headed into the second half trailing by one (27–26). First-year guard Paige Williamson led the Tartans’ offense with 11 points in the first half.

Carnegie Mellon scored nine points at the beginning of the third quarter, putting them ahead before Emory took the lead for good with 15 minutes left in the game.

The Eagles hit 47.3 percent of their shots while Carnegie Mellon made a meager 31.3 percent. “We just couldn’t hit anything, it seemed,” senior guard Nora Darcher said. “There just isn’t anything you can do when you don’t hit your shots. It was frustrating, but we kept trying.”

Williamson led the Tartans’ scoring with 14 points. Senior point guard Ashley Mazziotta was next with eight points and five rebounds.

“We tried a new defense and it worked really well, but we just couldn’t convert on the offensive end,” Darcher said. “Once we start hitting out shots, we will be fine. We just need to keep working on that.”

The Tartans (8–12, 2–7) continue their road trip this week, traveling to Boston and New York City to play Brandeis University and New York University in two UAA matchups. The team lost to both NYU and Brandeis over winter break.