Women’s basketball drops 49–55 decision to Rochester

After an exciting win over Emory on Friday, the Tartans were not able to continue the momentum to defeat the University of Rochester on Sunday. First-year guard Brit Phillips said that the Tartans were looking to prove to “the remaining teams that [they] are not just going to roll over and hold up the white flag.” Yet on Sunday for the second time, Carnegie Mellon suffered a tough loss, 49–55, and moved to 9–13 overall and 2–9 in the University Athletic Association.

Rochester started the game strong, but the Tartans garnered a 10–2 run to tie the game at 15–15 with 9:15 to go in the first half. During the run, Carnegie Mellon went 4–4 from the floor, including a layup by first-year forward Emily Peel and a trey by Phillips.

The Tartans took a 24–21 lead after a string of three baskets. Sophomore guard Alison Aunkst hit a trey, which was followed by a fast-break layup by junior guard Jessica Buranovsky. Aunkst then scored again off an assist from Phillips. Carnegie Mellon claimed the lead 28–26 going into the halftime break.

However, Rochester’s defense kept the Tartans from scoring for seven minutes, and the Yellowjackets went on a 9–0 run to take a 37–46 lead with 8:35 left in the game. With two minutes to play, sophomore Jennifer Larsen cut Carnegie Mellon’s deficit to three with back-to-back baskets. Unfortunately, the Yellowjackets held on to the lead in the final seconds, as the Tartans missed four critical free throws.

Larsen led the Tartans in scoring with 17 points, and fifth-year senior Rachelle Roll scored nine points and pulled down 17 rebounds.

Despite the loss, Peel said the team is “always ready to play the next game. In order for the team to end this season strong, we have to take one game at a time and focus on beating [our opponents] and playing our best each game.”

Carnegie Mellon’s next game will be on the road at the University of Chicago on Friday.