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          Seasons end with wins at Carnegie Mellon

          Tondo leaves with a win, women's basketball with a winning record

          Greg Meyer

          Issue date: 3/5/10 Section: Sports
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          Senior guard Ashleigh Tondo finished her collegiate career on Saturday. Tondo is fourth all-time in points and second all-time in assists.
          Senior guard Ashleigh Tondo finished her collegiate career on Saturday. Tondo is fourth all-time in points and second all-time in assists.
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          The Spartans needed a win in their final game to finish the season with a winning record. On Saturday, they got a big one.

          The women's basketball team dominated host Carnegie Mellon University with a 17-point victory. The Spartans (13-12, 4-10 UAA) took control almost instantly in the game over the Tartans of Carnegie Mellon (9-16, 2-12). A foul early by freshman Erica Iafelice allowed the Tartans to score first, but after that it was all Spartans.

          "We knew we had a good chance of winning coming into the game, so our mentality was to go out and have fun, and that's what we did," senior guard Ashleigh Tondo said.

          Junior Caitlin Henry scored 15 of her career- and game-high 24 points in the first half, leading the Spartans' fast-paced attack. The Spartans tied the game just 26 seconds in and claimed the lead after just over a minute.

          The Tartans crawled to within one possession a handful of times, but the quick attack by the Spartans could not be stopped, however, as the Spartans shot 54.3 percent from the field and 77.8 percent from behind the arc. Totaling 52 points in the first half, the Spartans' explosion of offense tied or passed three of their total final scores this season.

          The Spartans finished the game with their best shooting percentage from the field and also from behind the arc this season, shooting 48.4 percent and 64.3 percent, respectively. Ultimately, they ended with their second-highest point of the season.

          Coming out of the break with a 52-34 lead, the Spartans continued to apply pressure to the Tartans, going on a 7-0 run that increased their lead to 25 points. A pair of free throws by Tondo, competing in her final collegiate game, ended the run.

          Tondo hit a layup to give the Spartans their largest lead of the night, 28 points in a 66-38 game. Tondo finished the game with 15 points and nine rebounds, leaving her mark on the Spartan record books.

          Tondo finished her career with 1173 points (fourth all-time), 358 assists (second all-time), and 568 rebounds (seventh all-time).

          "It has been quite a ride for me over the years. There were a lot of ups and a lot of downs throughout my career, but in the end it has made me a stronger person," said Tondo. "When I look back, the things I will remember most are the friendships and memories I have come away with. The bus trips, staying at Case over Christmas break, the inside jokes, the many cities play in, pre-season, five spot close-out, which I will not miss. It has all been special to me and something I will be able to reflect on throughout the years."
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