Women’s basketball competes with conference rivals on road

The Carnegie Mellon women’s basketball team spent the weekend traveling to face two University Athletic Association (UAA) opponents, the Washington University in St. Louis Bears and the University of Chicago Maroons, in St. Louis and Chicago, respectively.

The Tartans squared off against the No. 8 Bears first on Friday. Carnegie Mellon slowed down the ball to begin the game, forcing the Bears out of their comfort zone. The Bears only managed to score eight points within the first six minutes, while the Tartans were able to put four points of their own on the scoreboard. However, the Bears then took the momentum of the game with 14 unanswered points to take a 22–4 lead.

First-year Alexis Zambino proved to be a great asset to the Tartans as she made a three-pointer to try to gain the momentum back in the first half. However, the Tartans were only able to scrape together two more baskets and a free throw, finishing the period down 31–12.

Carnegie Mellon tried to make a comeback in the second period. Zambino continued to make her presence known with six points, and sophomore Brit Phillips added nine Tartan points to the board in the period.

Overall, the Tartans saw great performances from Phillips, who led the team with 11 points, and Zambino, who finished a close second with nine points.

In the end Carnegie Mellon came up short, as the Bears outshot the Tartans 35.6 percent to 30.6 percent from the floor and 73.9 percent to 41.7 percent from behind the arc. The game ended with a final score of 61–39 in favor of the Bears.

“Wash. U. is a very good team in the UAA,” said sophmore Emily Peel. “We played extremely hard against them. We are looking forward to our game against Chicago, and will be able to rematch them [Wash. U.] next week at home.”

The loss moved the Tartans’ record to 2–15 and 0–6 in UAA play. The Tartans then traveled to Chicago to play the Maroons on Sunday. Look for the results of the 2 p.m. game in the online edition of The Tartan.