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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL EARNS DUBIOUS DISTINCTION

The Muhlenberg women’s basketball team is the best in the country that was not invited to the NCAA Division III Tournament, according to the latest d3hoops.com national poll.

The Mules are ranked 22nd, and all 21 teams ahead of them received bids to the 50-team NCAA tournament. The two teams behind them, No. 23 St. Thomas and No. 24 Lebanon Valley, also were left out. The national poll has no bearing on the selection process.

The complete poll:
School Record Pts Last
 1 Washington (Mo.) (25) 25-0 625  1
 2 Bowdoin 24-1 569  3
 3 Wilmington 26-1 556  4
 4 Hope 26-2 527  6
 5 Hardin-Simmons 25-1 511  5
 6 Southern Maine 25-2 506  8
 7 Eastern Connecticut State 25-2 473  2
 8 Wis.-Stout 23-4 460 11
 9 Wis.-Stevens Point 24-3 384  7
10 Messiah 23-3 354 15
11 Emmanuel 26-2 337 13
12 Scranton 23-4 330 16
13 DePauw 22-3 320 10
14 King’s 23-3 291  9
15 Carleton 22-5 247 25
16 St. Benedict 23-4 237 12
17 St. Lawrence 24-3 226 18
18 Pacific Lutheran 21-3 216 19
19 Webster 23-2 189 21
20 Salisbury 23-4 144 24
21 Springfield 24-3 129 23
22 Muhlenberg 21-4 105 17
23 St. Thomas 21-5  79 14
24 Lebanon Valley 23-4  67 22
25 Case Western 19-6  45 20
Others receiving votes: Ithaca 38; Marymount 29; Anderson 23; Wis.-Oshkosh 20; Western Maryland 19; Wheaton (Ill.) 15; Wartburg 14; Guilford 8; Lakeland 8; Middlebury 7; Baldwin-Wallace 5; Christopher Newport 5; Centre 2; Chapman 2; Alvernia 1; Buffalo State 1; Ohio Wesleyan 1.

CAN THE SOFTBALL TEAM MAKE IT THREE IN A ROW?

The two-time defending Centennial Conference champion Muhlenberg softball team opens its 2002 season in Osceola, Florida, on Sunday. The team will play eight games in six days during the trip.

Last season Muhlenberg was one win shy of tying the school record for most wins. The Mules finished 25-17 while winning the CC title and finishing
Elizabeth Kostelnick
Kostelnick needs 16 RBI to break the Mules’ career record of 82.
third at the NCAA Atlantic Regional. Clearly last season was the best so far under head coach Ruth Gibbs’ five-year stint, and she hopes the sun gets brighter this coming season.

Gibbs realizes that last year was very good but she knows that this year can be even better with the personnel she has returning. “Expectations are as high as they ever were in my six years here,” Gibbs says. “We have a very experienced and talented pitching staff coming back, and we have great senior leadership. Ultimately we would like to repeat as CC champions and make a run at nationals.”

The returning pitchers are senior Angela Tyson and sophomore Danielle DeLucia. Tyson recorded a 2.26 ERA and an 11-8 record and was an All-CC honorable mention selection. This is Tyson’s fourth year and as a personal goal she said, “I want to pitch to my capability and play every game like it is my last because this is my last season.” DeLucia was named CC pitcher of the year after finishing last season with a 13-8 record and a 1.27 ERA, which is the fourth lowest in team history.

Top returning hitters include senior Elizabeth Kostelnick and sophomores Becki Toth and Jaclyn Maser. Kostelnick, a three-year starter at first base, was named to the All-CC first team and led the Mules with 26 RBI. Toth, an All-CC first team and All-East Region selection as an outfielder, batted .417 and became only the third player in school history to have 50 hits in a season. Maser was named to the All-CC second team at third base while hitting .321 and leading the team with 12 extra-base hits.

Junior Meghan Woods and sophomore Kate Dischino shared the duties behind the plate last season. Woods led the team with 1.000 fielding percentage and batted .294 with nine extra-base hits, while Dischino batted .286.

Other returning starters are junior Kelly Berg and Kristen Best and sophomores Amanda Ibey and Nicole Sarno. Berg, a two-time All-CC second-team selection, batted .321 while serving as the designated hitter most of last year. Best, an outfielder, knocked in six runs. Ibey batted .323 while starting at second base, and Sarno earned All-CC honorable mention as a centerfielder after batting .298 and stealing nine bases.


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Last updated February 28, 2002