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Women’s basketball loses to Case 66–83

Senior Rachelle Roll sets her eyes on the basket as she moves the ball down the court. Roll lead the Tartans in her final game with a career-best 22 points and 15 rebounds. (credit: Devin Beahm/Photo Staff) Senior Rachelle Roll sets her eyes on the basket as she moves the ball down the court. Roll lead the Tartans in her final game with a career-best 22 points and 15 rebounds. (credit: Devin Beahm/Photo Staff)

The Carnegie Mellon women’s basketball team hosted Case Western Reserve University on Saturday. Despite strong performances from senior Rachelle Roll and first-year Emily Peel, the Tartans fell to the Spartans with a final score of 66–83. The Tartans finished their season with an overall record of 9–16 and a record of 2–12 in University Athletic Association (UAA) play.

The Spartans took an early lead, and 10:15 in to the game, they were up 24–14. The Tartans then went on an 8–0 run to pull within two, helped mostly by Peel, who scored six of those points en route to an eight-point first half.

Shortly thereafter, the Spartans took off with the scoring with a 23–8 run that buried the Tartans in a 52–34 hole at the half.

Despite the deficit, the Tartans had scored a season high for first-half points in conference play.

The Spartans picked up right where they left off as they began the second half with a 12–2 run, putting the Tartans’ deficit at 64–36. Case never looked back, and the closest Carnegie Mellon got to their opponents was when they trailed 76–62, with 2:03 to go in the game.

Roll was one of the bright spots for the Tartans on Saturday as she shot eight-for-eight from the line in the first half, along with her eight rebounds. Roll ended her final collegiate game with a career-best 22 points and 15 rebounds.

Other strong performers for the Tartans included Peel, who had a career-best 17 points and 10 rebounds, and sophomore Jennifer Larsen, who scored 13.
Despite their losing record, the Tartans’ season was an improvement over their 2008–09 performance. They will look for better luck and further improvement when their next season begins in the fall.