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 Mike Falk
 Sports Information Director
 Muhlenberg College
 2400 Chew Street
 Allentown PA 18104
 484-664-3232
 falk@muhlenberg.edu

Women’s Basketball
2003-04 Season Review:

When the six seniors on the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team agreed to a new style of play before the 2003-04 season, they knew they had the talent to pull it off and turn some heads.

2003-04 Records

NCAA DIVISION III RECORDS
• Three-point field goals made in a season (265)
• Three-point field goals made per game in a season (10.19)
• Three-point field goals attempted in a season (866)
• Three-point field goals attempted in a game (64 vs. Haverford)
• Three-point field goals attempted in a game, both teams (72 vs. Haverford)

SCHOOL RECORDS - TEAM
(^ CC record)
• Points in a season (2,362) ^
• Points per game in a season (90.8) ^
• Points in a game (116 vs. Washington and vs. Ursinus) ^
• Points in a game, both teams (203 vs. McDaniel) ^
• Points in a half (64 vs. Mary Washington) ^
• 100-point games in a season (8) ^
• 90-point games in a season (14)
• Field goals made in a season (825) ^
• Field goals made in a game (44 vs. Ursinus)
• Field goals attempted in a season (2,267) ^
• Field goals attempted in a game (118 vs. Haverford) ^
• Three-point field goals made in a season (265) ^
• Three-point field goals made in a game (19 vs. Haverford) ^
• Three-point field goals attempted in a season (866) ^
• Three-point field goals attempted in a game (64 vs. Haverford) ^
• Free throws made in a season (447)
• Rebounds in a season (1,315)
• Rebounds per game in a season (50.6)
• Assists in a season (512)
• Assists in a game (32 vs. Ursinus)
• Blocked shots in a season (83)
• Steals in a season (506)
• Steals in a game (35 vs. Washington) ^
• Turnovers forced in a season (920)
• Turnovers forced per game in a season (35.4)
• Turnovers forced in a game (58 vs. Washington) ^

SCHOOL RECORDS - INDIVIDUAL
• Three-point field goals made in a career (122 by Gwen Doyle)
• Three-point field goals made in a season (53 by Gwen Doyle)
• Consecutive games making a three-point field goal (29 by Gwen Doyle) ^
• Three-point field goals attempted in a career (418 by Gwen Doyle)
• Three-point field goals attempted in a season (171 by Tiffany Kirk)
• Assists in a season (117 by Kristen Piscadlo)

They may not have realized the kind of numbers they would produce.

The Mules rode the run-and-gun, pressure-defense system to a 19-7 record, third place in the Centennial Conference and the semifinals of the CC tournament. Along the way, they rewrote most of the Muhlenberg record book
Jill Friedman
Friedman was a first-team All-CC and a third-team D3hoops.com All-Mid-Atlantic Region selection. Marchiano and Richmond earned All-CC honorable mention.
and a fair portion of the conference’s.

Muhlenberg finished the season with a Division III-record average of 10.2 three-pointers per game. The Mules scored 90.8 points per contest, which led all NCAA divisions and made the Mules the fifth Division III team to average 90.

And it wasn’t just about the records. Not only did the Mules scored more than 100 points eight times, they won 14 of their 18 CC games, and everyone played a part.

No Mule averaged much more than 16 minutes per game, and none averaged much less than five. Eight different players led the team in scoring in a game. The squad’s top two scorers and rebounders, All-CC seniors Jill Friedman (13.7 points, 7.2 rebounds per game) and Susan Marchiano (10.2 points, 6.2 rebounds), played the same position and rarely took the floor together.

The winning started early for Muhlenberg, which took its first 10 games. Included in that stretch was a Scotty Wood Tournament title, a 5-0 conference start and a pair of wins at the Land of Magic Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The Mules also won six of their last seven regular-season contests, including their second 116-point outing of the year and a win at Haverford, where they set a Division III record by taking 64 threes and came up just one shy of the record for made threes with 19.

In the CC playoffs, Muhlenberg suffered an 83-76 defeat to McDaniel, which went on to win the championship and advance to the NCAA Sweet 16. The loss was tough to swallow at the time, but did little to diminish the accomplishments of the season.

Junior Gwen Doyle led the three-point attack by setting new ’Berg season and career records for threes made, and sophomores Kristen Piscadlo and Tiffany Kirk also surpassed the old season mark, set by Doyle last year. Piscadlo also led the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio and set a school season record for assists.

The Mules also excelled in the classroom, placing eight players on the CC Academic Honor Roll. Seniors Friedman, Marchiano, Becky Richmond and Lindsay Tis, juniors Doyle and Aril Bryant and sophomores Stephanie Coluccini and Lindsay Orosz made the list. No other CC women’s basketball squad had more than five honor roll selections. Most had two or fewer.

In such a team-oriented system, the most important ingredient is leadership, and the Mules had plenty. The senior class - centers Friedman and Marchiano, shooting guard Erin DeVaney and forwards Richmond, Tis and Amber Nelson - was one of Muhlenberg’s best ever, and Head Coach Ron Rohn checked with them before implementing the new system.

NCAA Team Scoring Leaders
School Division W-L Points PPG
1. MUHLENBERG III 19-7 2,362 90.8
2. Anderson (S.C.) II 25-7 2,719 85.0
3. California (Pa.) II 35-1 3,046 84.6
4. DePaul I 23-7 2,531 84.4
5. Drury II 36-2 3,198 84.2
6. Louisiana Tech I 29-3 2,639 82.5
7. Duke I 30-4 2,785 81.9
8. South Dakota State II 26-7 2,703 81.9
9. Ashland II 23-8 2,526 81.5
10. Lake Superior State II 28-4 2,596 81.1
Some were hesitant, but they all bought in and pulled the rest of the team along, leading to a successful season. On senior night against Bryn Mawr, all six seniors started, resulting in a technical foul, but giving an oustanding group a proper sendoff.

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