Women’s basketball beats Emory 64–60 in overtime
The Tartans finished an exciting weekend of home games against Emory University and the University of Rochester. Carnegie Mellon topped Emory in overtime, 64–60, but fell to Rochester 49–55. The squad is now 9–13 overall and is 2–9 in the University Athletic Association (UAA).
On Friday, Emory hit the first two baskets of the game to take a five-point lead, but Carnegie Mellon answered with an 8–0 run to take an 8–5 lead. The remainder of the half stayed just as close, with both teams exchanging baskets. The Tartans held the lead at halftime, 27–26. First-year guard Brit Phillips clinched the Tartans’ first-half lead with two free throws.
Fifth-year senior forward Rachelle Roll opened the second half with a layup, but the rest of the Tartan offense could not match Emory’s, as the Eagles went on a 7–13 run. Emory held the lead until there were four minutes left in the game, when sophomore guard Alison Aunkst hit two free throws to help Carnegie Mellon take back the lead, 47–46. But Emory would not back down and went on a 7–3 run to take a four-point lead with 44 seconds left. Sophomore forward Jennifer Larsen scored a layup to put the Tartans within two points, and Phillips shot a buzzer- beater to put the game into extra minutes.
Emory hit the first basket in overtime, but Carnegie Mellon responded with a free throw by Larsen and back-to-back three-pointers by Aunkst. Emory tied the game at 60–60, but then fouled Roll on an offensive rebound. Roll sank a free throw to take back the lead. Junior guard Jessica Buranovsky and Phillips helped seal the Tartans’ 64–60 win with a fast-break layup and free throw, respectively.
Phillips tallied 14 points, Roll had 13, Larsen scored 11, and Buranovsky had 10. Roll topped her old school record of 20 rebounds by securing 22 in the game.
Results for the game against Rochester will be posted online later this week.
Carnegie Mellon’s next games will be on the road on Friday against the University of Chicago and Sunday at Washington University in St. Louis.