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Women Remain Perfect in First Round

The Muhlenberg women’s basketball team opened up its 2006-07 season with a 75-48 win over North Carolina Wesleyan in the first round of the Scotty Wood Tournament. The Mules are 14-0 in first-round play at the annual season tipoff and will play Delaware Valley, an 88-71 winner against
Bethany Enterline
Sophomore Bethany Enterline had six points and five rebounds.
Cortland State, in the championship game.

For the Mules, senior Emily Wright burst out of the gates and led all scorers with 19 points on 7-for-9 shooting, including 5-for-6 from behind the arc. Her 19 points in the game nearly match her season total of 21 in 2005-06.

“I was just glad we won,” Wright said. “It was amazing that the team came out strong. It was a good team effort.”

Sophomore Lauren Boyle added 14 points for the Mules, and senior Megan Courtney pulled down an impressive 17 rebounds (one short of her career high).

Sophomore Erin McSherry, who like Wright was making her first career start, had eight points and eight rebounds.

Muhlenberg controlled much of the first half and led by as many as 19. But with the Mules leading 31-14 with 5:35 remaining before halftime, the Battling Bishops went on an 11-4 run – which cut the lead to single digits at 34-25 – to close out the half. The Mules stormed back in the second half and eventually finished the game on a 20-5 run en route to the 75-48 victory.

With a win tomorrow, this year’s senior class of Wright and Courtney will be undefeated in the tournament.

“Senior year, Scotty Wood, it’s the best ever,” Wright said. “Scotty Wood is the biggest deal here. The students all come out to support us, and it is great for the school.”

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Men Win Nail-Biter

Senior Justin Fields tipped in a shot at the buzzer to give the Muhlenberg men’s basketball team a 62-60 win against Rensselaer in the
Jimmie Riggins
Riggins tied his career high with 11 points and also pulled down seven rebounds.
opening round of the 25th Scotty Wood Tournament.

The Mules advance to the championship game against Stevens, which outscored Arcadia 7-1 in the last 1:22 to pull out a 59-54 win.

Muhlenberg led by as many as 12 points in the first half and by 11 points with seven minutes to play, but the Red Hawks tied the score at 60 with a three-pointer and layup sandwiched around a missed Mule free throw in the final 40 seconds.

After the tying basket, with 11 seconds left, Muhlenberg pushed the ball up the court. Sophomore Chris MacIntosh’s off-balance shot from the right side rebounded right to Fields, who put the ball in as the buzzer sounded.

“It felt good,” said Fields, who scored the Mules’ last six points and finished with eight points and five rebounds. “Coach always tells us to hit the boards, so I did what he said.”

Senior Jimmie Riggins, making his first career start, scored seven points in the first two minutes to give Muhlenberg the early lead. The Mules closed the half on a 16-6 run to take a 10-point lead at the break, with sophomore Mike Bernardini drilling a pair of three-pointers en route to leading all scorers with 18 points.

“We won [the tournament] last year and it was a great feeling,” said Fields. “We’re going to come out hard tomorrow.”

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Last updated November 17, 2006