Yellowjacket women make push, claim OT win

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The Rochester women’s basketball team saw visiting Carnegie Mellon University rally in the fourth quarter and eventually emerge with 77-74 overtime win on Sunday afternoon at the Louis Alexander Palestra.

A late 11-0 run by CMU forced a 62-62 tie in the fourth quarter with 4:22 remaining.

Despite temporarily losing the lead, a layup by junior Tessa Ludwick tied the game with less than a minute to play in the fourth quarter. She finished the game with 20 points on 9-of-13 from the field and dished four assists.

A missed shot by CMU in the closing seconds forced the contest into overtime.

In overtime, a 6-0 run by CMU permitted a 74-68 disadvantage for Rochester. From there, a late push wasn’t enough to turn matters around.

The Yellowjackets drop to 7-9, 1-4 UAA on the season, while Carnegie Mellon University sits at 8-8, 1-4 UAA.

With 3:30 remaining in the first quarter, Rochester picked up its first lead of the game. Ludwick kept the team within reach, as she put up five points and one assist to start the game.

By the end of the first, the Yellowjackets were even with CMU at 15-15 apiece.

First-year Hannah Lindemuth managed to make an impact on the box score in the second quarter after putting up eight points to go along with an assist. By the end of the game, Lindemuth totaled 17 points and five assists.

A total of 16 lead changes in the first half forced the score to 38-32 to CMU’s advantage.

An immediate 15-3 run by the Yellowjackets gave them their first lead of the second half. It was in large thanks to Ludwick, who scored nine of the team’s points during the stretch.

Rochester cleaned up their play to finish the third, as they shot 9-of-15 (60%) from the field. First-year Callie McCulley scored the team’s last five points to close the quarter. She finished with 10 points and six rebounds.  McCulley’s partner in the post, Shannon Loiseau also had a strong game, finishing with 9 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks.

The Yellowjackets ended the game 27-of-61 (44.3%) from the field and totaled 18 assists. CMU finished 28-of-63 (44.4%) from the field and had 16 assists as a team.

Next, Rochester will travel to take on Washington University in St Louis on Friday.

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