(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) - The Carnegie Mellon University women's basketball team improved its record to 5-0 with an 84-38 victory over visiting Thiel College on Sunday, November 24. Five players scored in double figures for the Tartans, who held their opponent (1-4) to 22.2% shooting from the field.
Sophomore Liza Otto (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) and freshman Lisa Murphy (McLean, Va./McLean) were the game's high scorer with 15 points each while juniors Chandler Caufield (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) and Gabrielle West (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame) each scored 11. Freshman Sade Idera (Morris Plains, N.J./Morris Catholic) was the fifth Tartan to reach double figures, as she scored 10.
The Tartans led from start to finish when sophomore Lindsay Poss (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) hit the first shot of the game, a three-pointer on the Tartans' first possession.
Caufield followed Poss's trey with one of her own before Otto hit a jumper after a steal by Caufield for the Tartans' 8-0 lead.
Halfway through the first period the Tartans led by 17 points after freshman Uzoma Nwankwo (Livonia, Mich./Stevenson) scored on back-to-back possessions for a 23-6 lead. The Tartans went on to lead by 24 at the break, 41-17, as West hit her second three-pointer of the half with five seconds to go.
The Tartans hit 15 field goals in each half and shot 41.1% for the game. The battle on the boards was also won by the Tartans, 49-44, as Nwankwo recorded a game-high and career-high 11 rebounds, with eight offensive boards.
The largest lead for the Tartans, 47 points, came with 3:03 to play in the game when Idera grabbed her own rebound and nailed a jumper in the paint.
The Tartans scored 35 points off 27 Tomcat turnovers and put in 21 second-chance points off 20 offensive rebounds.
Senior Jacquie Shaw (Portland, Ore./Grant) recorded a career-high seven assists and tied a career-high with five steals. West also tied a career-high with seven steals.
The Tartans will return to the court for their fourth game in eight days on Tuesday, November 26 at home against Baldwin Wallace College (4-1). Tip is set for 6:00 p.m.