Women's basketball earning victory in UAA play at home
The Carnegie Mellon women’s basketball team competed against Emory University on Friday in a very tough fought game. The Tartans came out on top of the Eagles by a score of 70–62, avenging their 63–52 loss in Atlanta earlier this season.
The start of the game saw the Tartans and the Eagles matching each other for points. At a critical juncture, senior forward Liza Otto was covered tight by two Emory players, but still got the ball out to junior guard Jackie Hudepohl who managed to get an easy basket. From there, the Tartans began to build a lead with junior center and forward Lisa Murphy leading the charge in a 13–0 run. Following this run, Emory took advantage of three Tartan turnovers, bringing the game to 20–15 before the end of the quarter.
In the second quarter, Emory tied the game up 22–22 before taking their first lead since the early minutes of the game as the Tartans were unable to keep up their early scoring run. A foul after Murphy made a basket got the Tartans back into the lead. Both teams continued to fight hard against each other as the Tartans managed to hold onto the lead at the end of the half with a 34–32 score.
In the third quarter, the Tartans were able to build on their lead by scoring seven shots from inside the paint before the Eagles started to come back again. The Tartans held onto a 52–48 lead going into the final quarter.
The fourth quarter saw the Eagles continuing to fight back with a number of three-point shots helping to close the gap. After the Eagles retook the lead when they capped off a 12–6 run, the Tartans came back immediately with a three-pointer by senior guard Lindsay Poss, that kicked off a 12–0 run. As the Tartans continued to expand their lead, the Eagles became desperate to fight the clock, making fouls in an attempt to limit Carnegie Mellon’s possessions. The Tartans refused to relinquish the lead, and the team easily held on to win.
Murphy continues to be one of the biggest contributors to the team’s success. The psychology major has been one of the most dominant players in Tartan history, having broken the school records in points scored, field goals made, field goal percentage, free throws made, and free throws attempted during her first year on the squad. She then proceeded to trump almost all of those marks last season, and she hasn’t stopped there. Murphy has already improved on her records of points scored and field goals made. Murphy’s 32 points during the night was the sixth time this season she scored 31 or more points despite not having even attempted a three-point field goal this season. Though her opponents know she will be a challenge, she continues to find ways to get points from the paint, freeing up her teammates to make plays of their own.
Hudepohl scored 17 points, including four of six free throw attempts during the final minute as Emory tried to make an impossible comeback. Otto came up with 11 points and four assists, and Poss totaled 10 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists.
On Sunday, the Tartans took on the University of Rochester Yellow Jackets and upset their 12th-ranked UAA opponent. Carnegie Mellon held a strong offensive grip on the game and never let up. Hudepohl scored a career-best 29 points and 10 rebounds to record her fifth double-double of the season. Murphy scored 27 points on 11 of 16 shots, and also tabbed 17 rebounds along with five blocks. Otto also broke a career record with 26 points to contribute to the Tartans’ scoring extravaganza.
The Tartans will close out the season in a rematch against Case Western Reserve University on Saturday, Feb. 27.