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Tuesday, November 22, 2005
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In their final games before Thanksgiving break, both Muhlenberg basketball teams posted a pair of comfortable wins to improve to 3-0 on the season. And to get ready for the upcoming Holiday season, both teams displayed the spirit of sharing.

The women’s team got scoring from 13 of its 15 players, with only one player in double figures and no one logging more than 21 minutes, in its
Michelle Hirst
Senior Michelle Hirst pulled down six rebounds (second-most on the team) and blocked two shots.
Centennial Conference-opening 66-39 defeat of Bryn Mawr. The men got points from 14 of 15 participants in a non-conference 83-60 win against Arcadia.

With the Mules trailing 3-0, senior Kristen Piscadlo hit a pair of threes, had a steal and an assist to key a 14-0 first-half run.

Muhlenberg led by as many as 30 over the Owls (1-2) and accumulated 18 assists and 17 steals while forcing 31 turnovers.

The Mules’ 14 straight points were part of a 19-2 run to give the team a 19-5 advantage. Junior Megan Courtney, who had a game-high 12 points, scored eight of the next 10 Mule points, expanding the score to 29-11 with four minutes to play in the first half.

Freshman Lauren Boyle, making her first career start, hit a layup at 14:42 of the second half, giving Muhlenberg its largest lead at 48-18. Boyle finished the game with nine points.

Sophomore Michelle Feldman came off the bench to contribute eight points and four rebounds in 14 minutes of action. Piscadlo had a game-high six assists, and sophomore Abra Like led the Mules with four steals.

“It’s important to get that first conference win,” said Courtney, who leads the Mules with 12.7 points per game. “It allows us to go into the Thanksgiving Break and come back ready to play some of our strong conference games. Our bench is so deep. Everyone can pull their own
Tom Scott
Two of Scott’s 10 points came on a layup off an alley-oop pass by Christopher Strachan in the second half.
on the court and today the freshmen really stepped up and showed that they were ready to compete.”

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Extraordinary offensive efficiency enabled the men’s team to pull away from Arcadia.

Muhlenberg shot 67.9 percent (19-of-28) in the first half to open up a 43-22 lead at the break. Of the nine times the Mules missed, they got the offensive rebound six times and scored immediately after three of those times.

The high shooting percentage was mainly a function of crisp passing that led to easy shots. Of Muhlenberg’s 19 first-half field goals, 12 were layups, and 13 were assisted.

Although the Mules made their first six shots, turnovers and offensive rebounds by the Scarlet Knights (0-3) kept the game close for the first five minutes. Muhlenberg broke an 8-all tie by going on a 14-1 run that ended with a three-point play by junior Justin Fields and a three-point field goal by junior Chris Pothering.

In the second half, Pothering hit three consecutive three-pointers in a span of 67 seconds as part of a 13-0 run that gave the Mules their biggest lead, 73-39 with seven minutes to play.

Junior Jeff Stewart led Muhlenberg with 15 points and eight rebounds, while Pothering scored 12 points in only 13 minutes, and juniors Tom Scott and Chris Huber contributed nine points apiece. Senior Jimmy O’Brien had nine points, four assists and a career-high five steals.

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Last updated November 22, 2005