(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) - For the second straight game, the undefeated Carnegie Mellon University women's basketball team trailed at halftime, only to come-from-behind to defeat Oberlin College, 73-64, on Saturday, December 5. The Tartans are now 6-0 on the year while the Yeowomen drop to 5-4.
The Tartans started 1-for-12 from the floor but after making their fourth basket, trailed just 9-8 with 3:20 to play in the first quarter. Junior Lisa Murphy (McLean, Va./McLean) gave the Tartans their first lead with a layup a minute later, as the teams were tied 14-14 at the end of the first quarter.
Oberlin made the first basket of the second quarter when Anna Moore made a layup. The Yeowomen built a nine-point lead and held a three-point lead at the half.
A layup by Murphy tied the game at 44-44 and the Tartans took their first lead since the first quarter when sophomore Zoe Zawisa (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) hit a jump shot to make it 50-49. The lead changed hands twice more before the Tartans led by five heading into the fourth quarter, 58-53, following a jumper by senior Lindsay Poss (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) on the last play of the period.
The Tartans held the Yeowomen to 11 points in the fourth quarter and used a 13-3 run after the visitors tied it at 58-58 to build a 10-point lead with 40 seconds to play in the game. During the run, Poss and junior Jackie Hudepohl (Saratoga, Calif./Lynbrook (Colgate)) hit three pointers.
Murphy finished as the game's high scorer with 28 points, finishing 13-of-17 after missing her first three attempts. She also grabbed a game high 12 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. Her 12 boards helped the Tartans hold a 42-39 edge on the glass. Senior Liza Otto (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) tallied 15 points while Hudepohl finished with 13 and Poss with 10.
The Tartans return to the court on Monday when they travel to Bethany College to face the Bison at 7:00 p.m.