Women edged out by Brandeis Judges

The Carnegie Mellon women’s basketball team fell three points short to UAA rival Brandeis University on Friday, losing to the visiting Judges 65–62. The Tartans fell to 2–11 on the season and are 0–2 in UAA play.

During the first half, it was apparent that the Tartans had taken their game up a notch, and Carnegie Mellon held the lead at halftime for the first time in six years. Junior Jennifer Larsen stepped up and scored for the Tartans on their first possession, starting a personal hot streak that ended with 10 points in the first half, including a three-pointer. Junior Nicole Vaccarella added to the Tartans’ lead with a three-point basket of her own in the first half. However, Brandeis took a run at the Tartans and went on an 8–2 streak to end the half, putting their deficit at 32–26.

At the start of the second half, the Judges picked up right where they had left off after their eight-point run. The Judges came out and took control of the floor, starting off with 11 points while only allowing the Tartans two, giving Brandeis a 37–34 lead. The Tartans pushed forward with a free throw by Vaccarella and two fast break layups by first-year Jacquie Shaw. Both, however, were answered with nine points by the Judges. The Judges finished the game making six out of eight free throws in the last minute.

Overall, the Tartans saw outstanding performances from Vaccarella and sophomore Emily Peel, who each came up with 14 points. Peel had another double-double this game when she scored 11 rebounds as well.

Despite the loss, the game was all about fighting for the Tartans, who played without this year’s top scorer, junior Jacki Cortese. “I think everyone played together with a lot of intensity; it was especially great to see on the defensive end,” Peel said.

The Tartans had big shoes to fill and proved that they could all elevate their game. “The way we played that game showed every team in the UAA that we can compete with everyone and beat anyone,” continued Peel.

The Tartans secured their first conference win when they played host to UAA rival New York University yesterday at 2 p.m.