Women’s basketball falls short to the University of Chicago, 47–76

The Tartans traveled to play the University of Chicago on Friday and were unable to top the number-25-ranked Maroons, losing 47–76. The loss puts Carnegie Mellon at 9–14 overall and 2–10 in the University Athletic Association.

Carnegie Mellon kept the game close for the first three minutes of play, only trailing by one. However, over the next six minutes, Chicago’s defense shut the Tartans down and extended their lead to 25–15 with 8:08 left in the half. Carnegie Mellon did not go down without a fight, however, and went on an 8–2 run, which cut the deficit to 27–23. A banked-in three-pointer from a Chicago guard ended the half, pushing the Maroons’ lead to 32–25.

Chicago started the second half full steam ahead, pushing its lead to 44–26 with 14:52 left in the game.
The Maroons expanded the Tartans’ deficit even further, to 52–27, before the Tartans scored their first field goal: sophomore guard Alison Aunkst’s trey from the top of the key.

Carnegie Mellon’s 21.4 percent shooting from three-point range and 31.5 percent from the floor was not enough to top Chicago’s 46.4 percent from the floor. Chicago took the 76–47 victory.

First-year forward Emily Peel scored a career-high 16 points. Aunkst added 10, and fifth-year senior forward Rachelle Roll tallied eight. Roll also pulled down 11 rebounds.

First-year guard Brit Phillips said that, although Carnegie Mellon lost, the team’s morale is still positive for the remainder of the season. “As long as we do the little things right and keep our heads up, we can beat anyone,” Phillips said.

The Tartans also played on Sunday at Washington University in St. Louis. Check online at [SLANT12][SLANT12] for more details regarding the game.