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A common sentiment behind the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team bench as the game at DeSales wound down was “not again.”

After a year in which the Mules won 14 of 15 games decided by 10 points or fewer, including three in the postseason, here they were again, playing another nailbiter.

But if the team keeps pulling the close games out, the fans won’t mind. The Mules scored the final seven points to edge DeSales, 65-62, and
Meghan Courtney
Courtney hit back-to-back layups that gave Muhlenberg one-point leads midway through the second half.
improve to 4-0 on the young season with their first win in Center Valley since the 1998 NCAA Tournament.

Muhlenberg faced its biggest deficit, four points, when the Bulldogs (2-2) hit two free throws to take a 62-58 lead with 2:52 remaining. The Mules then broke the DeSales press, which gave them trouble throughout the game, and junior Abra Like found senior Emily Wright on the wing for an open three that cut the gap to one.

After a Bulldog miss, senior Meghan Courtney was fouled on the rebound. She missed the front end of the one-and-one, but sophomore Bethany Enterline fought for the offensive rebound and was fouled. She made both free throws, putting Muhlenberg ahead for good with 2:07 left.

DeSales missed three-pointers on its next two trips, and both times Courtney snagged the rebound. Still up 63-62, the Mules called timeout with 28.9 seconds left in the game and nine seconds on the shot clock. Like missed a pullup jumper at the shot-clock buzzer, but Wright grabbed her third offensive rebound of the game. Like was fouled and made one free throw with 15.4 seconds left.

The Bulldogs got a good look at a go-ahead three-pointer on their next possession, but it missed and Courtney rebounded. She was fouled and made the second of two free throws with 2.4 seconds to play, then stole the inbounds pass to preserve the win.

Behind the hot shooting of sophomore Lauren Boyle, the Mules led for all but 30 seconds of the first half. Boyle scored 21 points in the first 20 minutes, including six in a half-ending 14-0 run that erased a 12-0 DeSales run and gave Muhlenberg a 12-point lead at the break.

Although Boyle slowed down in the second half as the Bulldogs adjusted their defense, she finished with 25 points, tying a career high. She also took two charges and finished with three assists and three steals.

Courtney shook off a slow start to end with 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Freshman Alexis Bates had seven points and a career-best nine rebounds.

The win, coupled with Dickinson’s 38-37 loss to New Jersey, left Muhlenberg as the lone remaining undefeated team in the Centennial Conference.

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Last updated November 27, 2006