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WOMEN’S TEAM RANKED SECOND IN REGION, 15th IN COUNTRY

The Muhlenberg women’s basketball team is ranked second in the Mid-Atlantic Region, according to the poll released by the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Committee today.

Ranked right ahead of the Mules (17-2) is King’s (19-1), who will travel to Memorial Hall on Monday, Feb. 11, for a showdown that could have significant implications for the NCAA Tournament.

Muhlenberg has games against Haverford (home) and Washington (away) this week, while the Lady Monarchs visit Delaware Valley and host Lycoming. Should the Mules defeat 3-16 Haverford, they will enter Monday’s contest with a 20-game home winning streak. King’s has been perfect on the road, its lone loss coming to DeSales.

In the d3hoops.com national poll, King’s is ranked fourth and Muhlenberg 15th.

NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic poll
(with in-region records through games of Sunday)
1. King’s (15-1)
2. Muhlenberg (15-2)
3. Scranton (12-3)
4. Messiah (14-2)
5. Swarthmore (12-2)
6. Lebanon Valley (14-3)
7. Franklin & Marshall (15-4)
8. DeSales (14-5)

d3hoops.com Division III poll
School Record Pts Last
 1 Washington (Mo.) (25) 20-0 625  1
 2 Hardin-Simmons 20-0 559  3
 3 Hope 20-1 552  4
 4 King’s 19-1 526  6
 5 Southern Maine 20-1 517  5
 6 Bowdoin 16-1 478  2
 7 Wilmington 19-1 471  8
 8 Eastern Connecticut State 19-1 468  7
 9 Messiah 18-2 400 11
10 Wis.-Stevens Point 19-2 377 10
11 DePauw 18-2 372 12
12 New York University 17-3 335 15
13 Wis.-Stout 17-4 271 20
14 St. Benedict 18-3 270 14
15 Muhlenberg 16-2 259 18
16 Emmanuel 17-2 253  9
17 George Fox 19-2 238 21
18 Case Western 15-4 189 17
19 St. Thomas 17-4 141 16
20 Wis.-Eau Claire 17-3 132 13
21 Scranton 17-4 127 19
22 Webster 17-2  99 24
23 St. Lawrence 17-3  75 25
24 Carleton 17-4  71 23
25 Springfield 17-3  68 rv
Others receiving votes: Capital 61; Pacific Lutheran 54; Marymount 21; Lebanon Valley 20; Wheaton (Ill.) 20; Bates 10; Franklin & Marshall 10; Wartburg 10; Salisbury 9; Johns Hopkins 8; Anderson 6; Bridgewater (Va.) 6; Chapman 5; Lakeland 5; Wis.-Oshkosh 5; Christopher Newport 4; Franklin 3; Guilford 3; Gustavus Adolphus 2; DeSales 1; Salem State 1.

MEN’S BASKETBALL CLINCHES POSTSEASON BERTH

Senior Mark Lesko and junior Aaron Holden each recorded a double-double as the Muhlenberg men’s basketball team completed its season sweep of Haverford with an 83-59 win.

The victory enabled the Mules (16-5, 7-3) to clinch a spot in the
Mark Lesko
With his 16 points against Haverford, Lesko moved into eighth on the Mules’s all-time scoring list with 1,340 career points. Seventh place is 89 points away.
Centennial Conference playoffs (at worst a tiebreaker game) for the ninth straight season.

Lesko had his 10th double-double, with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Holden notched his third with 12 and 13. Their inside dominance helped Muhlenberg to a 41-25 advantage on the boards.

Senior Michael Barletta scored 10 points, while junior Toomey Anderson had eight, including his first career dunk. Four other players scored at least six points.

The Fords (3-18, 2-8) hung with the Mules for most of the first half and trailed by just one point, 24-23, with 5:30 to play. Holden’s dunk kicked off a 10-0 run to end the half for Muhlenberg.

A dunk by Lesko and an ensuing free throw capped a 17-3 run to begin the second half that gave the Mules their biggest lead, 51-26.

Muhlenberg held its opponent under 60 points for the fifth time in seven games.

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Last updated February 5, 2002