(WASHINGTON, Pa.) - Senior Makayla Filiere (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton) of the Carnegie Mellon University women's basketball team became the 13th player in program history to score 1000 points, as the Tartans dropped a 60-55 contest to Washington & Jefferson College on Saturday. The loss on the second day of the W&J Springhill Suites Tip-Off Tournament moves the Tartans record to 0-3 while the Presidents are now 3-0.
Filiere led the Tartans with 15 points. The senior also recorded five steals and five rebounds. Sophomore Leah Weslock (Howell, Mich.) was the only other Tartan to score in double figures as she finished with 12 points. Senior Katharine Higgins (Montclair, N.J.) scored nine points of the bench for the Cardinal and Gray.
The Presidents scored the first eight points of the contest and never trailed throughout. W&J took a 16-12 advantage at the end of the first quarter and the opened the second with seven straight point to push its lead to 23-12 three minutes into play. The home team then led 28-15 before heading into the break with an 11-point lead at 33-22.
Carnegie Mellon used a 13-4 run to close the third quarter and cut the W&J lead to 40-37 heading to the fourth. The run started with a traditional three-point play by Filiere, while four different Tartans scored during the stretch.
In the fourth frame, the Tartans tied the game on two different occasions, but the Presidents answered both times, and an and-one by Alie Seto with five minutes to play and a pair of free throws a minute later by Piper Morningstar pushed the lead back to five for the home team.
The Tartans had one last chance. Trailing 58-55 with under 10 seconds remaining a game-tying three-point shot by Filiere missed the mark and Lauren Gilbert knocked down two free throws with two seconds remaining to secure the win for W&J.
Carnegie Mellon returns to the court on Tuesday, November 19 with a 7:00 p.m. contest at Allegheny College.