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Women’s basketball falls to New York University at home

No. 4 Emily Peel leads the team in scoring with 19 points against New York University Friday night. (credit: File Photo by Tommy Hofman) No. 4 Emily Peel leads the team in scoring with 19 points against New York University Friday night. (credit: File Photo by Tommy Hofman)

Last Friday night, the women’s basketball team had a chance to sweep the New York University Violets after defeating them on Jan. 17.

That January victory was the first time the Tartans had defeated the Violets since 2003. However, the Tartans fell to the Violets last Friday 68–57.
After starting the game off strong, the Tartans’ efforts were stymied by the visiting team, who was ready to return the favor.

The win for the Violets ended their six-game losing streak, while Friday’s loss brought the Tartans’ overall record to 7–12 this season.

Carnegie Mellon matched NYU shot for shot from the field, as the Tartans made 20 of 61 field goal attempts compared to the Violets, who went 21 for 61.
Neither team was able to find much success from behind the arc, as each team made only five three-point shots in 21 attempts.

The deciding factor of the game boiled down to free- throws.
The Violets reached the free throw line 30 times in the contest and made all but nine attempts.

Carnegie Mellon only made 12 out of 16 attempts from the charity stripe.

The lack of trips to the free-throw line is attributed to execution on the offensive end of the floor.

“What we’re missing is a sense of consistency on offense. It’s finding our spots, getting open spots, and making the extra pass,” said first-year guard Gabrielle West.
Junior forward Emily Peel was once again at the forefront of Carnegie Mellon’s offensive attack. Peel scored a record 19 points on 60 percent shooting from the field, and 88 percent from the free-throw line.

Sophomore guard Jacquie Shaw, who scored 11 points, was the only other player for Carnegie Mellon in the double figures.

However, first-year guard Aspen McKeever provided a spark from the bench by hitting three three-pointers to finish the game with nine points.

“We’re working on having a balanced offensive attack from inside out,” said junior guard Tori Baggio.

The Tartans, who have done a great job rebounding this season, lost the battle of the boards 41–48. Peel and senior forward Jennifer Larsen combined for 19 total rebounds.

Carnegie Mellon has five conference games remaining in the season.

Even though the team has been defeated in the past by its remaining opponents, the Tartans are adamant that they should not be overlooked. They hope to use their tenacity to pull off some upsets against teams battling for the conference crown.

“The UAA is a difficult conference, but we are extremely confident that we can beat any team,” Peel said. “We are making a conscious effort to get better every game and every practice.”

The Tartans took on the Brandeis University Judges yesterday at home. The Tartans topped the Judges 65–56, finally getting revenge for the previous loss the week before.

The women’s basketball team is away this weekend, but will return home on Friday, Feb. 17 to host Emory University.