Women’s basketball finishes season on win against Case Western

Men’s Basketball

The Carnegie Mellon men’s basketball team hosted 14th-ranked Case Western Reserve on Saturday for their final regular game of the season.

The Tartans pulled ahead early, claiming the first six points of the game. However, Case Western responded with a 20-3 run in, which put the score at 20-9 with 12:18 left in play. Carnegie Mellon responded with a run of their own, scoring 20 to the Spartans’ five, which put the Tartans ahead, 29-25. Though Case Western took the lead one more time before the end of the half, Carnegie Mellon pulled ahead once more before the clock hit zero, 45-42.

Going into the second half, the Tartans extended their lead thanks to a 9-3 run, which put them nine points ahead of the Spartans, 54-45, with just over 16 minutes left in play. Their lead, however, was narrowed until the Spartans took a narrow lead that led to a 67-all tie. The Tartans weren’t able to capitalize on this, though, as Case Western completed a 14-4 run with 5:46 left in play. Though the Tartans were behind by 10, they attempted a comeback that put them within three points in the last minute of the game. The Tartans were unsuccessful in their comeback and lost the game, 91-95.

This loss put the Tartans at 15-10 overall and 7-7 in conference play for the regular season. The men’s basketball team will find out if they will be continuing into postseason play during the afternoon on Monday, Feb. 27.

Women’s Basketball

The Carnegie Mellon women’s basketball team closed out their regular season this past week when they hosted the Case Western Reserve Spartans at home on Saturday, Feb. 26.

The game started off slow, with neither team recording points until nearly two minutes into the game when Case Western sunk two free throws. Case Western scored three points after, but a 7-3 Tartans run put Carnegie Mellon ahead 9-7 six minutes into the first quarter. At the end of the first quarter, the Tartans were still in the lead, 20-16. In the second quarter, the Tartans continued their momentum; at one point, Carnegie Mellon held a 13 point lead, but Case Western Reserve scored eight in a row, which put the score at 39-34 in favor of the Tartans at the end of the first half.

Moving into the second half, the Tartans opened with two more points thanks to a layup from sophomore Catherine Or. The third quarter would also be the first time that Case Western outscored the Tartans, 22-15. At the end of the third quarter, the Tartans were slightly behind the Spartans, 56-54. Just under three minutes into the final frame, the Tartans took back the lead from the Spartans, which lead to the leads eventually being within one point of each other. The Tartans then pulled away from Case Western and finished the game 10 points ahead, 79-69.

This victory put the women’s basketball team at 12-13 overall and 3-11 in conference play for the regular season.

Men’s Tennis

The 23rd-ranked Carnegie Mellon men’s tennis team hosted Washington College this past Saturday, Feb. 26 at Lakevue Athletic Club in Valencia, Pa.

In doubles play, the Tartans took two wins to Washington’s one. The duo of senior Raahil Doshi and junior Jaden D’Abrero took an 8-6 win in the third spot for the Tartans’ first point while the pair of junior Derek Wong and first-year Akshay Joshi claimed the Tartans’ second point in the second spot.

In singles play, three Tartans took victories. In the fourth spot, senior Matthew Poh won his sets 6-4, 6-3. In the fifth spot, Joshi claimed victory with winning sets of 6-1, 7-5. D’Abreo won in the sixth spot with sets of 6-4, 6-0.

The combined five points from the Tartans put them on top and advanced them to 2-2 on the season. The Tartans will next take on Davenport when they travel to Orlando, Fla. on Friday, March 3.

Women’s Tennis

The 11th-ranked Carnegie Mellon women’s tennis team traveled to Wooster, Ohio for two matches on Saturday, Feb. 15 for matches against Otterbein University and College of Wooster.

In doubles play against Otterbein, all three pairs took the win. The pair of senior Danna Taylor and sophomore Crystal Zhou took an 8-0 victory; the duo of first-year Anna Chow and first-year Divya Venkatarama also swept, taking an 8-0 victory; the final pair of first-year Anika Joshi and first-year Manuela Van Cotthem took the win, 8-2.

Singles play mirrored the Tartans’ success in doubles against Otterbein. Sophomore Sarah Yang won her sets 6-1, 6-3. Zhou swept her sets, 6-0, 6-0. Venkatarama won both her sets, 6-0, 6-0. Van Cotthem also swept her sets, 6-0, 6-0. Joshi also found success, winning her sets 6-1, 6-0. Chow, in the sixth spot, also took the win, 6-1, 6-3.

The Tartans also swept Wooster in doubles play. The pair of Taylor and Zhou won 8-1; the pair of Yang and sophomore Zoe Angell won as well, 8-3; in the third spot, the duo of Van Cotthem and Venkatarama took their set, 8-2.

In singles play, Taylor won her sets 6-0, 6-2. In the second spot, Vankatarama took the win, 6-3, 6-1. Angell swept in the third spot, 6-0, 6-0. Van Cotthem found similar success, winning her sets 6-2, 6-1. In the fifth spot, Joshi claimed the win, 6-2, 6-0. In the sixth spot, Chow won, 6-1, 6-0.

These two 9-0 victories have placed the Carnegie Mellon women’s tennis team at 7-1 for the season. They will next be playing in their 14th straight ITA National Team Indoor Championship, which begins on Friday, March 3 in Lexington, Ky. The Tartans will open play against the second-ranked University of Chicago.

Men’s Swimming and Diving

Five members of the Carnegie Mellon men’s diving team headed to the 2023 NCAA Division III Region 4 Diving Championships on Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25 at Ithaca College.

Graduate student Jud Kyle started the meet with a second-place finish on the one-meter board with a score of 515.55. Graduate student James Kyle finished right behind him in third with a score of 504.45. Senior Matthew Wagner, sophomore Jonathan Lindstrom, and junior Tyler Hoyt finished 10th, 11th, and 12th, respectively, on the one-meter board.

On the three-meter board, Jud took first with a score of 557.45. James also earned a third-place finish with a score of 515.65 points. Wagner placed sixth with a total of 494.75 points while Lindstrom placed 12th and Hoyt placed 14th with 452.10 and 415.30 points, respectively.

Jud and James will both be competing in the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships thanks to their finishes on the one-meter and three-meter boards. This marks the first time that two men’s divers from Carnegie Mellon will compete in the NCAA Championships.

Women’s Swimming and Diving

The Carnegie Mellon women’s diving team had three competitors at the 2023 NCAA Division III Region 4 Diving Championships on Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25.

On the three-meter board, junior Kelli Kuramoto earned first with a total of 471.75 points. Senior Emilia Schwallie placed fourth with 449.70 points while sophomore Kyndall Tatum hit 378.80 points, earning her 16th place.

On the 1-meter board, Kuramoto earned third place with a total of 457.10 points. Schallie placed 16th with 378.50 points and Tatum finished in 20th with 362.85 points.

Kuramoto and Schwallie both earned a place in the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. This is the first time since 2004-05 that Carnegie Mellon has had two women divers advance to the NCAA Championships.