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MUHLENBERG SWEEPS WEEKLY HOOPS HONORS

Muhlenberg basketball players Lindsay St. Lawrence and Mark Lesko both earned player-of-the-week honors in the Centennial Conference’s first report of the new year.

St. Lawrence was honored after scoring a season-high 19 points to lead the Lindsay St. Lawrence undefeated Mule women’s team to a 79-66 upset of ninth-ranked Scranton. The senior guard had 14 points and two assists in the first 7:16 alone to help Muhlenberg sprint out to a 28-13 lead. St. Lawrence is averaging 12.7 points per game for the Mules (10-0) and leads the Centennial Conference in three-point field-goal percentage (.457). She is the second Muhlenberg player to earn the weekly honor this year.

Lesko was the men’s player of the week for the fourth time in his career after leading Muhlenberg to tournament championships at Muskingum and Whittier, averaging 26.0 points and 12.0 rebounds while Mark Lesko shooting 69.8 percent from the field in the four games. He scored a team-leading 51 points in two games at Muskingum (no tournament MVP was named) and was the MVP of the Whittier Classic after recording 32 points and a career-best 17 boards in the title game win over Richard Stockton. Lesko, a senior forward, is the leading scorer in the Centennial Conference, averaging 20.5 points per game, and also ranks among the league leaders in rebounding (9.1 per game), field-goal percentage (.689), free-throw percentage (.788), blocked shots (22) and steals (24).

MULE WOMEN JUMP INTO TOP 10

The Muhlenberg women’s basketball team is ranked 10th in the first d3hoops.com national Division III poll of 2002.

The Mules, who were ranked 25th in the previous two polls, made the big jump after toppling Scranton, then ranked ninth (now 19th) last Thursday. The top-10 ranking is the first in program history.

Muhlenberg is one of nine undefeated teams remaining in Division III women’s basketball. One of the others is fourth-ranked King’s, which is scheduled travel to Allentown to face the Mules on Feb. 11.

d3hoops.com Division III poll
Team W-L Pt Last
 1 Washington (Mo.) (22) 12-0 622  1
 2 Hope (3) 13-0 593  2
 3 New York University 11-0 553  4
 4 King’s (Pa.) 11-0 518  5
 5 Eastern Connecticut State 9-0 499  3
 6 Bowdoin 8-0 448  8
 7 Hardin-Simmons 10-0 432  7
 8 Wis.-Stevens Point 13-1 398 14
 9 Wilmington 12-0 351 18
10 Muhlenberg 9-0 332 25
11 Messiah 11-1 325 12
12 Emmanuel 8-1 323 10
13 St.Thomas 8-1 292 13
14 Pacific Lutheran 10-1 266 rv
15 Case Western 10-1 253 22
16 George Fox 11-1 249  6
17 St. Lawrence 8-1 209 19
18 Southern Maine 12-1 194 23
19 Scranton 9-2 186  9
20 Capital 10-2 161 15
21 DePauw 11-2 123 rv
22 Wis.-Oshkosh 12-2 114 rv
23 Wis.-Eau Claire 11-2 109 17
24 Johns Hopkins 10-1 95 21
25 Simpson 9-2 92 12
Others receiving votes: St. Benedict 84; Lake Forest 54; Springfield 36; Salisbury 32; Franklin 27; Ithaca 27; Wittenberg 21; Ramapo 20; Wis.-Stout 12; Albion 11; Rochester 11; Chapman 9; Carleton 8; DeSales 6; Middlebury 5; Central 3; Bethany 2; Bridgewater (Va.) 1; Lakeland 1; Mary Hardin-Baylor 1.

Questions or comments? Send mail to falk@muhlenberg.edu
Last updated January 8, 2002