Women’s basketball continues rough season with losing streak
The women’s basketball team finished a competitive two weeks — and the first half — of University Athletics Association (UAA) league play, squaring off against the University of Chicago, Washington University in Saint Louis, New York University, and Brandeis University.
Although the Tartans tallied four tough losses, the team remains confident for the second half of UAAs. Carnegie Mellon’s record is now 8–10 overall and 1–6 in the UAA.
The squad lost at home to Chicago on Jan. 22, 51–76. Sophomore guard Ali Aunkst led Carnegie Mellon with 12 points and first-year Brit Phillips tallied 10, while sophomore forward Jennifer Larsen scored nine points and pulled down six rebounds.
On Sunday, Jan. 24, Carnegie Mellon lost a close game against the third-ranked Wash. U., 57–64. Aunkst tied the school record with a tally of six three-point shots, adding to her career-high 24 points. First-year forward Emily Peel added 11 points, and fifth-year senior Rachelle Roll grabbed 15 rebounds for her season high. Despite the loss, Roll commented that “the team morale is up after our hard-fought game against Washington University. Seeing that we can compete and have the ability to beat the number-three team in the country is extremely promising, and we just need to work on our consistency and get better every day.”
The Tartans dropped a 62–78 setback at NYU on Friday. Though the Violets led by as much as 20 points in the first half, Peel scored eight straight points to help the Tartans cut the lead to 23–36 by halftime. Out of the halftime break, Carnegie Mellon pulled within 10 points (51–41) with 11:23 left in the game, but was never able to make any more headway as the Violets went on a 12–0 run and ended the game up 16, 62–78.
On Sunday, Carnegie Mellon travelled to Brandeis. Both teams were streaky, but the Tartans lost in a competitive 58–70 decision. The squad jumped out to a quick 7–6 lead before Brandeis answered with nine points to make the score 7–15 with 13 minutes left in the first half.
The Tartans responded with a run of their own and narrowed the lead to 13–15. Roll accounted for four of Carnegie Mellon’s points during the streak.
By halftime, Brandeis held a seven-point lead over the Tartans, 30–33. Peel led Carnegie Mellon with eight first-half points.
Brandeis went on a three-minute, 7–2 run to start the new half and took a 32–40 lead. The Tartans answered with six points, cutting the score to 38–40. With 7:33 left in the game, Roll assisted sophomore guard Nicole Vaccarella in a backdoor lay-up to make the score 49–52. Brandeis then scored the next nine points to extend the lead to 49–61.
The Tartans went on their final run, making the score 54–61. However, the effort was fruitless as Brandeis took the game, 58–70. Aunkst scored 11 points, while Roll, Vaccarella, and Larsen scored 10. Roll also grabbed nine rebounds.
The Tartans’ next game is at 6 p.m. on Friday as they take on NYU at home in Skibo Gym.