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Women's Basketball

The Carnegie Mellon University women’s basketball team visited New York University (NYU) on Friday, Jan. 26 for a University Athletic Association (UAA) contest, falling to the Violets, 78–58, at the Hunter College Sportsplex. The Tartans are now 9–8 and 1–5 in the UAA, while the Violets improve to 9–8 and 2–4.

Sophomore Makayla Filiere led the Tartans with 19 points and three steals, as fellow sophomore Laurel Pereira dropped 13 points and picked up three steals. Sophomore Laura Ochsner led the team with nine rebounds and blocked two shots.

Filiere scored the first bucket of the game on a fast break layup and later gave the Tartans their last lead of the game, 11–10, on a three-pointer with 4:08 to go in the first quarter. The Violets then took over with a 13–4 run to end the quarter and led 23–15 after the first 10 minutes.

The Violets extended their lead to 20 by halftime and led by as many as 36 points before sophomore Megan Jaeb hit a three-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer.

Filiere scored eight of the team’s 26 fourth-quarter points, as the Tartans shot 7-of-10 from the field, 3-of-4 from the three-point arc, and 9-of-10 from the free throw line to cut the final deficit to 20 points.

On Sunday, Jan. 28 at Brandies University, the Carnegie Mellon University women’s basketball team lost a heartbreaker when the Judges held on for a 55–52 win. The Tartans are now 9–9 and 1–6 in the UAA while the Judges move to 11–6 and 3–4.

Filiere led the Tartans with 24 points and four assists while Pereira scored 16 points off the bench.

Pereira made a layup and free throw to tie the score at 8-8 after nearly six minutes of action in the first quarter, but Brandeis answered with a three-pointer and held on to a 15–14 first-quarter lead.

The lead changed hands three times in the second quarter with the last lead favoring the Tartans after a layup by Ochsner and a triple by Filiere made the score 24–23, with 4:19 to go. Filiere hit her third three-pointer of the game just more than two minutes later and the Tartans held a 29–25 halftime lead after shooting 42.9 percent from the floor and holding Brandeis to 25.8 percent shooting for the half.

Brandeis improved its shooting by 11 percent in the third quarter and took a two-point lead into the final period where they wouldn’t relinquish the lead. The Tartans pulled within two late but a free throw by the Judges with four seconds left forced the Tartans into a desperation three-pointer for the tie that fell short.

The Tartans finished the game shooting 38 percent from the floor as both teams turned the ball over 23 times. Twenty-one offensive rebounds for the Judges led to 12 second chance points which made up for their 27.4 percent shooting effort for the game.

The Tartans will return home to face New York University on Friday, Feb. 2, before hosting the Judges on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Men's Basketball

The Carnegie Mellon University men’s basketball team visited NYU on Friday, Jan. 26 for a UAA contest, falling 83-65 to the Violets at the Hunter College Sportsplex. The Tartans are now 4–13 overall and 0–6 in the UAA, while the Violets move to 9–7 and 2–4.

The Tartans were led by sophomore Zach Howarth’s 19 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Trent Suddeth scored 13 points with sophomore Colin McNeil putting in 11 points and dishing out four assists.

NYU pushed its first-half lead to 11 points, bringing the score to 23–12. The Tartans would climb back to trail by two at 2:27 to go in the first half on a driving layup by senior Thomas Cook. First-year Zach Watson also cut the deficit at two with a reverse layup with 22 seconds to go but a shot close to the buzzer by NYU made the score 41–37 at the break.

Suddeth scored the first two baskets of the second half to fuel a 10–3 run that put the Tartans up 47–44 after McNeil put in a layup and Howarth sank four straight free throws.

The Violets would quickly take back the lead during an 11:29 stretch of play that included seven three-pointers and put the Violets up 19.

The Violets would finish with eight three-pointers for the second half and shot 54.8 percent from the field for the game, while the Tartans converted 41.9 percent from the field and hit just 4-of-20 from behind the arc.

On Sunday, Jan. 28, career-scoring afternoons for three Tartans weren’t enough as the Carnegie Mellon University men’s basketball team fell, 87–79, to Brandeis University. The Tartans are now 4–14 overall and 0–7 in the UAA while the Judges move to 4–13 and 1–6.

Sophomore Zach Howarth led the Tartans with a career-high 26 points while Watson finished with a career-best 19 points. Suddeth recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds while sophomore Cooper Williams also recorded a career-high with 14 points.

Brandeis opened with a 14–2 run through the first three minutes and 52 seconds of the game. Over the next seven minutes, the Tartans used a 16-3 run to take their first lead of the game when Howarth hit a three-pointer from the corner, making the score 18–17.

After the Tartans took their first lead with nine minutes to go, the advantage changed hands four times before Williams hit a trey fueling a 10–4 run to end the period with the Tartans up 36–30.

The dribble-drive for a score and the drive-and-kick for a three-pointer worked for the Tartans in the later portion of the first half as Watson finished the half with 10 points on four driving layups and Howarth scored 15 on 3-of-3 shooting from the arc and three driving buckets.

The Tartans shot 55.6 percent from long range and 45.2 percent from the floor in the first half while the Judges converted 41.4 percent from the floor and hit just 2-of-9 three-point attempts.

Carnegie Mellon extended its lead to 10 before Brandeis rattled off a 14–4 run to tie the game at 44-all with 13:53 to go. First-year Daniel Weiss drained a three-pointer on the next possession and the Tartans kept the lead until Brandeis had an 8–0 run to lead 54–49 with 11:12 to play.

A string of free throws and a jumper by Howarth briefly gave back the lead to the Tartans, 57–56, but the Judges hit nine of their final 18 shots and led by as many as 10 points before withstanding a Tartan rally to earn the 87–79 victory.

Carnegie Mellon will return home to face New York University on Friday, Feb. 2, at 8:00 p.m.

Women's Swimming & Diving

The Carnegie Mellon University women’s swimming and diving team traveled down Forbes Avenue to the University of Pittsburgh for the Western Pennsylvania Invite on Saturday afternoon. The meet was in preparation for the UAA Championships to be held Feb. 14–16 in Atlanta, Georgia.

First-year Stefanie McMillan swam to a second-place showing in the 1,000-yard freestyle in a time of 10:31.72. Later in the meet, McMillan turned in a fourth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle touching in 5:09.21.

Senior Kim Hochstedler touched the wall in 1:05.42 in the 100-yard breaststroke to place third while first-year Eiza Bell finished fifth in the event with a time of 1:06.69. Hochstedler also placed fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:24.11.

Sophomore Jocelyn Chan earned a fourth-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly. Chan touched in 58.74. Senior Mary St. John and sophomore Mary Day each record fifth-place showing on Saturday. St. John had a time of 2:10.96 in the 200-yard butterfly while Day touched the wall in 59.92 in the 100-yard backstroke.

The UAA Championships begin Wednesday, Feb. 14, on the campus of Emory University.

Men's Swimming & Diving

The Carnegie Mellon University men’s swimming and diving team traveled down Forbes Avenue to the University of Pittsburgh for the Western Pennsylvania Invite on Saturday afternoon. The meet was in preparation for the UAA Championships to be held February 14–16 in Atlanta, Georgia.

On Friday night, junior Gabe Bamforth finished third on the one-meter board with a score of 278.20. He then took fourth in the three-meter scoring 248.35.

On Saturday, first-year Thomas DeLauro and junior Jack Lance placed third and fourth in the 1,000-yard freestyle. DeLauro touched the wall in 9:56.13 while Lance touched in 9:59.09. First-year Max Gonzalez also turned in a third-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:41.37.

First-year Ishaan Jaffer touched third in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:44.14.

First-year Justin Britton turned in a third and fourth finish on Saturday. He placed third with a time of 52.12 in the 100-yard backstroke and touched fourth in the 100-yard freestyle in 47.89.

The Tartans had two other fourth-place finishes with junior Winston Chu touching the wall in 57.53 in the 100-yard breaststroke and sophomore Ryan Fitzpatrick touching in 22.09 in the 50-yard freestyle.

The UAA Championships begin Wednesday, Feb. 14, on the campus of Emory University.

Women's Track & Field

The Carnegie Mellon Unviersity women’s indoor track and field team lost a close battle to Case Western Reserve in the 10th annual Battle of the Obelisk on Saturday. The Tartans were outscored by the Spartans 71–65 despite taking first place in eight events with four coming from junior Debarati Bhanja. The women’s score helped win the trophy with a combined score of 139–133 with the men’s team.

Bhanja started the day with a top finish in the long jump with a distance of 4.98 meters. The junior then crossed first in the 60-meter dash with a career-best time of 8.17 before winning the 200-meter dash in 26.72. She then teamed with senior Sarah Cook, sophomore Joanna Baranowski, and first-year Valerie Reiling to win the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 4:06.81.

Two Tartans finished behind Bhanja in the 60-meter dash and 200-meters dash, as junior Claire Yuan crossed the line in 8.24 in the 60-meter to place second and Cook finished second in the 200-meter with a time of 27.08. Cook also turned in a top finish when she turned in a time of 59.63 in the 400-meter dash.

Carnegie Mellon swept the top three spots in the mile run with sophomore Kate Reilly winning the event in 5:23.77. Junior Wade Lacey and sophomore Valerie Collins finished second and third, respectively, with times of 5:35.77 and 5:35.94.

Reilly was joined by junior Rose Ciriello and sophomores Rachel Reolfi and Vayda Farino in the distance medley to win the race with a time of 12:54.53.

Sophomore Michelle Karabin won the pole vault after clearing the bar at 3.53 meters.

The Tartans will next compete at the Denison Bob Shannon Invite on Feb. 3 in Granville, OH.

Men's Track & Field

The Carnegie Mellon University men’s indoor track and field team traveled to Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday to compete against Case Western Reserve in the 10th annual Battle of the Obelisk. The men swept two events, while claiming nine top spots, to beat the Spartans 74–62. The women scored 65 points to give Carnegie Mellon the 2018 title of the Obelisk Trophy by a combined score of 139–133, marking the second straight season the Tartans won.

The Tartans swept the top three spots in the shot put with first-year Bram Miller winning the event with a mark of 14.41 meters. Senior Jacob Schofel placed second with a toss of 13.57 meters while junior Julian Nelson recorded a mark of 13.38 meters to take third.

The second sweep for the Tartans also came in the field events with Cardinal and Gray taking the top three spots in the pole vault. First-year Alex Liu cleared the bar at 4.18 meters followed by senior Tommy Mansfield and first-year Jack Murphy at 4.03 meters. Mansfield took second on a judges decision.

Schofel won the weight throw with a distance of 15.78 meters. The Tartans claimed two other top spots in field events with junior Reed Farber clearing the bar in the high jump at 1.90 meters. His win sealed the Obelisk Trophy for the Cardinal and Gray as the high jump was the last event of the day. The other win was claimed by senior Eloy Fernandez in the triple jump. The senior leapt an indoor career-best of 13.80 meters while sophomore Fred Dauphin marked at 13.11 meters to place second.

On the track, junior Kevin Cory edged out the second-place finisher by 0.38 seconds to win the 5,000-meter run. Cory crossed the line with a career-best time of 15:17.07. In the mile run, junior Andrew Harter and sophomore Liam Walsh finished first and second. Harter crossed in 4:25.28 and Walsh in 4:25.61.

First-year Marvin Bennett continued his stellar collegiate career on the track with another top finish in the 60-meter dash, as he crossed in 7.16. He also placed second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.43.

The distance medley relay team of junior Mark Moody, sophomores Evan Yukevich and Josh Kalapos along with first-year Grant Johnson won in 10:53.01.

The Tartans will next compete at the Denison Bob Shannon Invite on Feb. 3 in Granville, OH.