The Carnegie Mellon men’s basketball team defended their home court on Thursday, Nov. 17 against the La Roche College Redhawks. The Tartans played a hard fought match but ended up falling to the Redhawks, 66–61. The loss puts the Tartans at an even 1–1 record for the season.
The Tartans jumped out to an early lead, but couldn’t hold on to it as the Redhawks went on a 12–2 run that lasted most of the first quarter. La Roche carried their early momentum all the way into halftime, and Carnegie Mellon was looking out of sorts. The game went to intermission with the Redhawks leading 33–25 and hungry for more.
The Tartans started to see some real offensive production in the second half, but they couldn’t match the attack of the visiting team. The Tartans were down six points with 12 minutes left to play when they finally found a glimpse of hope with seven unanswered points.
That hope quickly faded as the Redhawks repeated their 12–2 run from earlier in the game and put the Tartans out for good.
Senior center Chris Shkil led the Tartans with 16 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks while his senior forward Jack Serbin, hauled in nine rebounds and recorded six points. The Tartans will look to avenge their loss on Tuesday, Nov. 22 when they go on the road to take on the Allegheny College Gators. The game is scheduled for 8 p.m.
The Carnegie Mellon women’s basketball team kicked off their season on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at La Roche College. The Tartans set the tone for their season with a dominating 74–45 victory, led by senior guard Jackie Hudepohl and senior center and forward Lisa Murphy who each had a double-double.
The Tartans established presence early in the game with a 10-point lead in the first quarter, but the Redhawks managed to cut the lead to four as the game headed into the second quarter. Murphy then took over the game and scored the next six points for the Tartans to put the lead back at ten. As the teams went into the locker room, Murphy scored another point along with four points from Hudepohl and two free throws from first-year guard Makayla Filiere. Carnegie Mellon led by 30 at halftime.
The Tartans took over every aspect of the game in the second half, and the Redhawks couldn’t do anything about it. Carnegie Mellon shot 51.5 percent from the field while La Roche was held to only 34.5 percent. The Redhawks also committed 16 turnovers in the second half which made it nearly impossible for them to come from behind and win.Murphy led the scoring with 24 points, but Hudepohl was right behind her with 22. Murphy also hauled in a whopping 22 rebounds, and Hudepohl earned 10 of her own.
The Tartans went into the second game of their early-season road trip on Friday, Nov. 18 in Wilmington, Ohio. The Tartans took on Transylvania University and defeated the Pioneers handily by a score of 80–60.
Murphy was the star of this game, and finished with 31 points, nine rebounds, and five blocks. Not only did she have a massive scoring night, but she didn’t miss a single shot. All 12 attempts from the field connected along with each of her seven free throws. Hudepohl also contributed her fair share with 14 rebounds.
Murphy started a 17–6 run for The Tartans early in the game that set them on the path to victory, and they would end up leading 49–35 at the half. The Pioneers tried to climb their way back into the game, but could only decrease the Tartans’ lead to 10 points. The Tartans decisively closed out the game with a 19–9 run to end the game with a 20-point lead. They moved on to play Wilmington College the following day.