Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cmu Women Face Another Tough Test

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cmu Women Face Another Tough Test

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The Carnegie Mellon women's basketball team could've been happy just making the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1991.

Or the Tartans could've been happy just to win at fifth-ranked Hope College in the first round.

But, after another upset, here they are in the Division III Sweet 16 for the first time in school history - still not satisfied.

"I don't know that any of us have gotten out of the business-like mindset of 'one game at a time, next game,' " said guard Lindsay Poss, one of two seniors with fellow starter Liza Otto. "We just want to enjoy the experience and enjoy playing basketball rather than stopping to think about where we are."

Where they are is staring down perhaps their toughest NCAA tournament opponent yet. After close weekend wins against No. 5 Hope, 73-72, and No. 14 Ohio Northern, 68-65, the No. 25 Tartans (21-6) face University Athletic Association rival Washington University at 5 p.m. Friday at Thomas More in Crestview Hills, Ky.

The 10th-ranked Bears (22-5) swept the regular-season games, holding Tartans junior Lisa Murphy - the second-leading scorer in Division III at 23.5 points per game - to a season-low eight points on 3-for-5 shooting in a 57-54 win Feb. 14.

"We're very excited to play Wash U. That's exactly who we wanted to play at this point in the tournament," said fifth-year coach Jacquie Hullah, who noted the Tartans had an 11-point lead entering the fourth quarter of their most recent game against the Bears. "Our kids are confident, we're excited and we think it's going to be a great game."

Getting the ball to the 6-foot-1 Murphy, who became the leading scorer in school history Saturday (1,602 career points) - "I was glad that it happened during all this because it didn't have to be a big deal, and we could focus on the Sweet 16 and less on that," she said, with a laugh - will be crucial this time against Washington. …

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