Tartans unable to upset Maroons

The biblical story of David and Goliath best describes how the stage was set last Friday for the women’s basketball team’s game against the University of Chicago.

Unfortunately for the Tartans, the story did not play out in their favor as Carnegie Mellon was unable to pull off an upset against the No. 2 Division III team in the country.
The Tartans had hoped to use some momentum from their win against Brandeis University last week to hold their own against a nationally ranked team. However, the odds were not in the Tartans’ favor, as the team was winless in their last 18 games with Chicago, which has been perfect in its last 23 games at home.

The Chicago Maroons kept those records alive as they defended their perfect regular season record with guns blazing.

Starting out the game on a 13–3 run, the Maroons jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Despite their efforts, the Tartans could never shut down Chicago’s powerful offense long enough to close the gap.

Chicago went on to take a 45–17 lead into halftime, but the story of the second half was no different than the first. Riding on the coattails of a career-best 20-point performance from first-year forward Hannah Ballard, the Maroons buried the Tartans in the final 20 minutes of play.

Chicago’s solid defense made matters even worse for the Tartans, as they were forced to turn the ball over 30 times.

The Maroons even found a way to shut down Carnegie Mellon’s leading scorer, junior forward Emily Peel, by holding her to just 15 points in the contest. No other Tartan was able to score in the double digits. The 95–46 win moved Chicago’s record to 21–0 (10–0 UAA), and extended their NCAA Division III record for the longest regular season winning streak to 39 games. With the loss, the Tartans’ record dropped to 8–13 (2–8 UAA).

Yesterday, the Tartans traveled to Washington University in St. Louis, the No. 12 team in Division III, where they lost 86–74.

The game was fast paced, as both teams shot for a high percentage. Despite the loss, the Tartans outshot the Washington University Bears, pouring in 52 percent from the field. The Bears shot a respectable 49 percent from the field.

The Tartans’ balanced offensive attack featured five players scoring in the double figures. First-year guard Chandler Caufield and senior forward Jennifer Larsen each scored 15 points, a career high for Caufield, who also had a career-high seven rebounds. Peel added 14 points, while first-year guard Gabrielle West and sophomore guard Jacquie Shaw scored 13 and 10 points, respectively.

The Tartans hung tight with the high-ranked Bears, but a cold start to the second half buried Carnegie Mellon, the Tartans missed their first five baskets, which put them down by 14 points. The Tartans will compete at home this Friday against Emory University at 6 p.m.