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Tartan women's basketball scores over 100 after break

Senior center Lisa Murphy has been the star player for multiple seasons. (credit: Courtesy of CMU Athletics) Senior center Lisa Murphy has been the star player for multiple seasons. (credit: Courtesy of CMU Athletics) Senior guard Jackie Hudepohl makes her way to the net for an easy layup in another clean win for the Tartans. (credit: Courtesy of CMU Athletics) Senior guard Jackie Hudepohl makes her way to the net for an easy layup in another clean win for the Tartans. (credit: Courtesy of CMU Athletics)

On Wednesday, the Carnegie Mellon University women’s basketball team rolled to another victory against the Mount Aloysius Mounties to continue their perfect season.

The Tartans began the first quarter with a hot streak, quickly gaining a lead over the Mounties with efficient passing, consistent defense, and a commitment to scoring in the paint. As the first quarter entered its final minutes, Mount Aloysius began crawling back from an 11-point deficit. The quarter ended with Carnegie Mellon leading the game with a score of 25–17.

The second quarter played out as the first did, with the Tartans maintaining their momentum. Their strong defense was on display as they forced several turnovers while also taking advantage of the Mounties’ errant passes, allowing the offense to score quick points off fast breaks. Mount Aloysius was unable to keep up with the surging Tartans, who gradually pulled away as the quarter progressed. Senior guard Lisa Murphy led the offense with perfect 6-of-6 shooting and a total of 14 first half points. Surging with an aggressive first half performance, Carnegie Mellon completed the first half with the score 51–33.

The Tartans came out of the half with the same consistent play they sustained throughout the first half. They soon amassed a 21-point lead in the beginning of the third quarter. The Mounties fought back with good defense, but could not slow the Tartans down. The Carnegie Mellon offense took advantage of offensive rebounds to score on second chance shots, soon widening the lead to 30 points. While the Mounties struggled with getting to the basket and making shots, the Tartans found holes and open spaces in the Mount Aloysius defense. Though they had a comfortable lead halfway through the third quarter, the Tartans refused to get complacent and continued to play aggressively.

As with the start of the previous three quarters, the Carnegie Mellon squad got to a quick start in the fourth quarter. With the team’s large lead, many reserves off the bench got the opportunity to play more minutes than in an average game, allowing the starters to rest. The quarter saw the Mounties finally finding some flow and momentum in the game, but it was already too late in the game to start a comeback. Though the Mount Aloysius offense cut the Carnegie Mellon lead by 10 points, the Tartans managed to break 100 points in a game for the first time this season. The Tartans won the game with a score of 107–71.

Murphy finished the night with a perfect 10-of-10 shooting performance and 25 points. Senior Jackie Hudepohl led the team with a total of 26 points on the night. Coming off the bench, freshman Katharine Higgins scored 19 points for a career-high. The Carnegie Mellon team completed 60.9 percent of field goals attempted; of the 42 baskets made, the team recorded 25 assisted. The Tartans scored 24 points off of turnovers, compared to the Mounties’ 16, while also scoring 12 second chance points to the Mounties’ 4.

With a season high of 108 points in the game, the Tartans are one point away from tying the school record for points in a game. They broke the season’s game-high by a wide margin of 28 points. The team continued its impressive play this season, extending the perfect record to 6–0. Next, the Carnegie Mellon women’s basketball team will play Washington & Jefferson College on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.