Posted: Nov 19, 2010
"We started out great," Earlham Head Coach Liana Coutts said. "We controlled the tempo and were up 27-22 at the half."
After trailing at the beginning of the contest, the Quakers battled back to build their five-point halftime lead.
However in the second half as part of a 13-2 run, Carnegie Mellon (1-1) went on top 30-29 to take the lead for good with 16:22 remaining in the contest. The Tartans ended the run with a 35-31 lead at 14:46.
"We came out slow in the second half and just got pounded on the boards," Coutts said of the 60-41 rebounding edge for the Tartans. "But we played a heck of a game."
Carnegie Mellon eventually held a 49-36 lead with 5:01 to play before the Quakers began to rally.
Danielle Altman (Carthage, IN, Knightstown) got Earlham to 53-50 when she hit a 3-pointer with 18 seconds on the clock, but that was a close as the Quakers could get.
Nikki Darrett (Evansville, IN, Bosse) led the Quakers with 18 points, while adding seven rebounds and three assists. Bria Sneed (Indianapolis, IN, University) finished with 12 points and a team-high four assists.
Charvonne Long (Edwardsville, IL, Edwardsville) grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Quakers.
The Halftime Lead
The Tartans jumped out to a quick lead, but Darrett hit a basket and added a free throw to tie the contest at 6-6 with 17:50 left in the first half. Later, she hit a 3-pointer to make it 10-6 at 15:32.
Carnegie Mellon worked its way to a small lead, but the Quakers answered when Long scored to make it 22-15 with 6:45 to go in the opening frame. She found the basket again to give the Quakers a 27-19 advantage at 3:36.
Despite not scoring from that point, the Quakers led 27-22 at the break to set the stage for Carnegie Mellon's comeback.
Earlham (0-2) wraps up its two-day stay in Pittsburgh on Saturday as the Quakers face Case Western University at 2 p.m..