Women's basketball drops two UAA games on the road
The Carnegie Mellon women’s basketball team lost a pair of away University Athletic Assoication (UAA) games this past weekend.
Carnegie Mellon lost 76–57 to Case Western Reserve on Friday and fell at the hands of the Emory Eagles on Sunday by the score of 75–54. Poor shooting in the first half and too many turnovers doomed Carnegie Mellon in both games. The Tartans are now 7–9 overall and 0–5 in the UAA.
Against Case on Friday, Carnegie Mellon couldn’t keep up with the Spartans in a difficult first half. The Tartans caught a break at the 16:58 mark when Case’s second leading scorer, forward Ashley Horton, picked up two quick fouls and watched most of the first half from the bench. A free throw from sophomore guard Paige Williamson gave the Tartans a short-lived lead at 7–6 with 16:08 remaining in the half. Case, even without Horton, went on a 22–4 run over the next six minutes to lead 28–11. Case maintained this lead and headed into halftime leading 44–25.
The Tartans struggled with poor shooting and turnovers, shooting 30 percent and turning the ball over 10 times in the first half. Junior forward Jeanette Schilling came off the bench to pace the Tartans with 11 first-half points.
The second half of play was even as the Tartan deficit stayed between 14 and 21 points throughout the final 20 minutes. Williamson led the Tartans with 11 second-half points, and she finished with 12 in the game. Schilling led the Tartans with 15 points, and junior forward Rachelle Roll pulled down 18 rebounds, tying her career-high. Case Western’s depth proved too much for Carnegie Mellon as five Spartans scored in double figures in the win. Carnegie Mellon shot 36.1 percent from the field for the game compared to Case’s 43.3 percent. The Tartans turned the ball over 22 times whereas Case only committed 13.
The game against Emory on Sunday stayed close initially but the Eagles went on a 13–2 run to lead the Tartans 22–11 at the 9:37 mark in the first half. Junior guard Stacie Aleski hit a three-pointer to cut the Emory lead to 22–16, but Emory pulled away from that point and led 37–21 at halftime.
A pair of baskets from Williamson brought the Tartans within 11, at 41–30, with 15:56 remaining in the game but the Eagles responded to put the game out of reach. The Eagles led by as much as 24 points in the second half, before defeating the Tartans by 21.
Senior forward Leah Feola led the Tartans in scoring with 13 points and Schilling contributed 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Junior guard Corey Innes hit three three-pointers to finish with nine points in the loss. Carnegie Mellon shot 36.8 percent from the floor in the game and committed 28 turnovers.
The Tartans host the University of Chicago on Friday at 6 p.m. in Skibo Gymnasium.