Women stifle Yellowjackets’ sting

The Carnegie Mellon women’s basketball team was dealt another loss at home last Friday night. The Tartans hosted the Emory University Eagles in their second and final meeting of the season. The Eagles extended their winning streak to four games with Friday’s 83–60 win, while the Tartans have now lost three games straight.

The game looked promising early on, as the Tartans had a quick 9–0 lead from three-pointers by first-year guards Chandler Caufield and Gabrielle West. The Eagles’ full-court press rattled Carnegie Mellon and hindered their offensive rhythm. However, the Tartans managed to break through and find some open spots at the basket.

Carnegie Mellon maintained the lead for most of the first half, until the Eagles went on a 15–0 run to halt the Tartans’ strong start. With 6:18 remaining in the half, Emory took a 22–21 point lead. The Tartans could not regain the lead for the rest of the game.

The Tartans tried to battle their way back in the second half, but trading baskets with the Eagles did not close the gap. The Tartans needed stops on defense, but offensive rebounds gave the Eagles 21 extra shots to further extend their lead. Although Carnegie Mellon handled the Eagles’ full-court press in the first half, it got the best of the team in the second. They turned the ball over 17 times in the second half.

“In the second half, we weren’t guarding the arc on defense as well in the second half, and had no inside-out game on the offensive end,” first-year guard Aspen McKeever said.

The Tartans finished the contest with four players in double figures. West led the team with 14 points, and sophomore guard Jacquie Shaw added 13 points. McKeever and junior forward Emily Peel pitched in 11 and 10 points, respectively.

“I think we just need to focus on playing together on both the offensive and defensive ends, as well as running through the offense and getting good looks for everyone,” McKeever said.

Yesterday, the Tartans hosted the University of Rochester, the No. 11 team in Division III, winning the contest by a final score of 67–62. The win pushed the Tartans’ record to 9–15 for the season and 3–10 in the University Athletic Association conference.

The Tartans held on to a five-point lead with clutch free-throw shooting. The Yellowjackets’ senior center Jodie Luther had two clutch buckets late in the game, but free throws by Caufield and Shaw helped seal the victory.

Yellowjackets junior guard Kristyn Wright air-balled a three at the end of the game, but Shaw was able to rebound the miss and run out the clock.
Peel poured in 20 points on only 11 shots and seven rebounds. Shaw added 17 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. McKeever also scored in double digits with 14 points.

“We didn’t do anything differently to prepare for this game, we just had to play as a team,” West said. “We had great intensity for all 40 minutes of the game.”

The Tartans’ final game of the season is this Saturday. Tipoff is at 3 p.m. in Skibo Gymnasium.