Women’s basketball concludes regular season play with loss to Rochester

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The Carnegie Mellon women’s basketball team finished the season at the University of Rochester this past Saturday and fell to the Yellowjackets in a devastating 52–103 loss. This moves the team’s record to 5–20 overall and 0–14 in the University Athletic Association. The team graduates three seniors, Corey Innes, Stacie Aleski, and Colleen Light, who conclude their collegiate career in the last standing of the conference without a win against UAA competition for the past two years. Senior Rachelle Roll redshirted her sophomore year, so she will still be eligible for next season as she finishes up her architecture degree. Despite the dry spell, the seniors have played an integral role in shaping the program’s history and have prepared the underclassmen for future success.

The sixth-seeded Yellowjackets started with a 16–2 run as Johanna McNelis hit her first four attempts, including a three-pointer. On the other hand, Innes was the Tartans’ spark as she scored the first seven Tartan points. Roll then converted two straight three-point plays to bring the Tartans within 25–13 at the 11:48 mark of the first half. Rochester, however, hung on to its lead with its hot shooting. The Yellowjackets shot 50 percent from the floor, made nine three-pointers, and sank 20 of 24 free throws.

Innes led all scorers with a career-high 26 points as the Tartans’ main scorers Aleski and first-year Jacki Cortese sat out due to injury. McNelis led the Yellowjackets with 22 points, while Jodie Luther scored 17 and Alex Porter put in 11 and grabbed 13 boards for Rochhester.

Saturday’s game against Rochester was the final time Light and Innes will represent Carnegie Mellon on the basketball court, as Aleski finished her collegiate playing at Chicago last weekend before enduring an injury that kept her out of this past matchup.

Throughout her career as a Tartan, Innes has proven to be a contributor of both points and rebounds. She grabbed a career-high nine rebounds against New York University last season and scored a career-high 14 points twice in that same year.

Light has had a successful career over the past four years, as she started most of the games she played. She had a spectacular game against Thiel College (Pa.), scoring a career-high of 23 points and grabbing 10 rebounds last season.

Aleski has proven to be a great force for the Tartans, starting all 25 games in 2006–2007 and 2007–2008, and scored a career-high 29 points against Lynchburg College in the 2006–2007 season. She also grabbed a career-high eight rebounds in two games that same year, and dished out a career-high nine assists in another game. That year, she led the Tartans in assists and three-pointers made. Last season, Aleski continued to prove herself as she led the team in scoring, steals, field-goal percentage, and three-pointers made. She was also named second-team All-UAA.