Women’s basketball opens strong, gets a win at home

Senior forward Liza Otto attempts a free throw shot after being fouled. (credit: Brandon Hong/Photo Editor) Senior forward Liza Otto attempts a free throw shot after being fouled. (credit: Brandon Hong/Photo Editor)

On Friday, the Carnegie Mellon women’s basketball team faced off against seventh-ranked New York University for the second time in seven days. Hoping to make it past their 75–74 loss the previous week in New York, the Tartans won this game 70–57. The Tartans improved to 15–4 overall and 4–4 in the University Athletic Association (UAA).

At the start of the game, the Tartans struck first after a missed shot by the Violets. NYU tried to quickly respond, but the Tartans played tight defense against the Violets, limiting the number of chances NYU was able to attempt from the field. The Violets played full court defense against the Tartans, limiting the amount of points the Tartans could get. The end of the quarter saw the Violets start to get the better of the Tartan defense, taking a 14–12 lead with around one minute to go in the quarter. Though junior guard Jackie Hudepohl made a basket to tie up the game again, the Violets scored as time expired, taking a 16–14 lead.

In the second quarter, the Violets built up a 26–16 lead before the Tartans regained momentum. After making their first three–pointer of the night and a few fouls, the Tartans brought it back to a manageable 26–24 deficit. The Violets tried to keep the Tartans back, but senior guard Lindsay Poss managed to tie up the game before a questionable foul called against the Tartans gave NYU a free throw attempt. The Tartans responded and retook the lead at 31–27 before the Violets called timeout to try and halt Carnegie Mellon’s 15–1 run. After a foul called at 0.7 seconds left, sophomore guard Anna Novak quickly grabbed the ball from first-year guard Jenn Mayberger and made a shot to take a 35–29 lead into halftime.

Hudepohl opened up the third quarter by scoring twice, once on her own and once off of a rebound. Though NYU brought the game to within six points, the Tartans kept the Violets from coming back any closer during the quarter, building up the score to 50–39. In the final quarter, the Tartans’ lead grew as big as 60–46. NYU’s attempts to come back were matched by Tartan scoring. Though NYU kept trying to fight back, the Tartan defense held their scoring in check, ensuring victory long before the final buzzer.

After starting the season 13–0, the Tartans entered a four game losing streak before beating Brandeis University on Sunday, Jan. 31. Though the team suffered a setback as UAA matches began, it has managed to stay focused on the big picture. No game was ever completely out of reach for the Tartans, and the team seems to be finding its stride once again.

Junior center and forward Lisa Murphy once again played a key role for the Tartans. Despite times when she would be double or even triple covered, she still managed to find the basket. She shot 8-for-8 from the floor, earned 16 points, and got 14 rebounds, etching her 11th double-double of the season.
Hudepohl led all scorers with 22 points, and she also got 11 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. Poss scored 16, marking the third straight game she has scored at least 15 points. Mayberger made nine assists, and she is only eight away from breaking the school’s single season record.

On Sunday, the Tartans faced off against Brandeis in a rematch from the previous week’s 66–60 win, and fell to the Judges 72–66.The Tartans will next travel to the University of Chicago for a rematch on Friday, Feb. 12.