Women’s basketball drops disappointing decisions to New York, Brandeis; Tartans stand at 1–8 in UAA competition

Junior Jessica Buranovsky looks for an opening to pass the ball. The Tartans fell to New York University 52–66.  (credit: Travis Wolfe/Photo Staff ) Junior Jessica Buranovsky looks for an opening to pass the ball. The Tartans fell to New York University 52–66. (credit: Travis Wolfe/Photo Staff )

The Tartans finished a tough weekend against New York University on Friday and Brandeis University on Sunday. The squad had disappointing losses against NYU, 52–66, and Brandeis, 50–59. Carnegie Mellon is now 8–12 for the season with a University Athletic Association (UAA) record of 1–8.

On Friday, the Tartans kept the game against NYU close in the first half. Carnegie Mellon’s rebounding — 23 total in the first half — blocked the Violets on the offensive end, but NYU responded with their own good defense, forcing 20 turnovers in the first half. New York went on a 0–9 run midway through the half to push the largest lead of the game, 10–27. The Tartans responded, and cut the deficit to 12 over the last seven minutes of the half. Junior guard Jessica Buranovsky hit the last jumper of the half, making the score 23–35.

Carnegie Mellon brought the score to within five points with eight minutes left off of two treys, hit by Buranovsky and sophomore forward Jen Larsen. However, NYU countered with two straight three-pointers and finished the game with a 10–19 run for a 52–66 win.

Fifth-year senior Rachelle Roll recorded her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Larsen followed with 12 points, and first-year forward Emily Peel added nine points.

Despite the loss, the Tartans are still confident that they will pull out more wins. “In order for our team to end this season strong, we have to take one game at a time and focus on beating and playing our best each game, which I know we will all do,” Peel said.

Carnegie Mellon played Brandeis University for their fifth home game of the season. Even though they did not pull out the win, the Tartans put up a valiant effort and dropped a 50–59 decision.

Both teams came out evenly strong, exchanging baskets and the lead. The score tied seven times and the lead changed 10 times in the first half. First-year guard Brit Phillips tallied 10 points and four steals for the half. The close halftime score — 26–28 — reflected both teams’ struggle to overcome the other.

Larsen tied the game at 37–37 with 13:02 left in the game with a jumper. Brandeis responded with free throws a minute later, taking the lead for good. The game ended with a 50–59 decision.

Larsen led the Tartans with 15 points and Peel pulled down 10 rebounds.

Looking ahead to the rest of the UAA season, Peel said the team aims to “continue to work hard on [their] offenses” and “learn from the mistakes made [in] the first [games].”

The Tartans square off at home Friday at 6 p.m. against Emory University.