Defense Leads Tartans to 76-47 Win at Allegheny

Defense Leads Tartans to 76-47 Win at Allegheny

(MEADVILLE, Pa.) - The Carnegie Mellon University women's basketball team picked up its second 20-plus win of the season on Saturday, November 18 when the Tartans topped Allegheny College, 76-47, in the Allegheny Greg Richards Memorial Classic. The Tartans are now 2-0 for the season while the Gators move to 1-1.

The Tartans were led by sophomore Katharine Higgins (Montclair, N.J. / Montclair) who had 17 points and seven rebounds. Joining Higgins in double-digit points was sophomore Makayla Filiere (Chandler, Ariz. / Hamilton) with 18 points and sophomore Laurel Pereira (Naperville, Ill. / Naperville North) with 14 points.

The Tartans put together a defensive effort that caused 19 turnovers and held the Gators to 25.0% shooting from the field. Higgins had three of the team's 10 steals and the Tartans scored 21 points off the 19 turnovers by the Gators.

Filiere opened the game with one of her three three-pointers for the game. The Gators then went on a 14-0 run before Filiere hit a jumper off an assist by junior Jenn Mayberger (Chesterfield, Mo. / Cor Jesu Academy) with half the period still to play. The Tartans then finished the final five minutes of the first period with an 11-6 run that they extended to 18-6 through the first 4:48 of the second period.

While the Gators shot 64.3% in the first period, they went cold in the second, hitting just one of 13 from the floor and scoring just five points. The Tartans hit seven field goals and shot 41.2% from the floor to lead 35-25 at the break.

The Gators would score the first four points of the second half to pull within six points but the Tartans answered with a 15-0 run that began with a layup by sophomore Laura Ochsner (Chester Springs, Pa. / Downingtown STEM Academy). The run put the Tartans up 50-29 with 4:34 to go in the third period.

The Tartans continued to add to their lead, which topped out at 32 when freshman Kylie Huffman (California, Pa. / Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic) drained the team's eighth three-pointer of the game with 1:46 to play in the game.

Mayberger collected six assists and seven rebounds in the game while playing 37 minutes, as Ochsner scored seven points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the team.

The Tartans will continue their season on the road Tuesday, November 21 at Bethany College at 4:00 p.m.