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Tuesday, February 25, 2003
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Five Muhlenberg basketball players have been selected to the All-Centennial Conference teams by the league’s coaches.

For the women, junior Becky Richmond was named to the second team, while junior Jill Friedman and sophomore Gwen Doyle received honorable mention. Seniors Anthony Strachan and Toomey Anderson earned honorable mention for the men. It was the first time on the All-CC team for all five players.

Richmond takes her averages of 9.3 points and a team-leading 7.7 rebounds Becky Richmond into tomorrow’s CC playoff game against McDaniel. She averaged a team-best 10.2 points in CC games and ranks second on the team in steals (31) and third in three-pointers (16).

Friedman stepped into the starting lineup to replace injured all-star Susan Marchiano and has had a sensational season, averaging 9.0 points and 7.3 rebounds and blocking a team-leading 22 shots. Her field-goal percentage of .492 in CC games ranks fifth in the conference.

Doyle is averaging 8.7 points and leads the Mules in three-pointers, with a school-record 44, and steals, with 35.

Strachan was the leading scorer (12.8 points per game) and rebounder (8.4 per game) for the men’s team. He also led Muhlenberg in steals (53) and free throws made (94) and attempted (161) and was second with 43 assists. Strachan finished his career as the program’s all-time leader with 169 career steals, which also ranked sixth in CC history.

Anderson averaged 11.4 points for the season, but scored 14.2 points per CC game. He led the Mules in assists (73) and was second in three-pointers (37) and blocked shots (18).

Women’s Basketball Playoff Preview

The Muhlenberg women’s basketball team hosts McDaniel tomorrow at 7:00 in a semifinal game of the Centennial Conference playoffs. The other semifinal matches Swarthmore at Johns Hopkins. Wednesday’s winners meet on Saturday for the CC championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. If the Mules win tomorrow, they will host the championship game.

The McDaniel game is a rematch of last year’s CC semifinal. The Green Terror won, 53-52, and went on to defeat Swarthmore to win its first CC title. The two teams met on Feb. 1 this season at Memorial Hall, and Muhlenberg scored with three seconds remaining for a 63-62 win. The last five games between these two teams were decided by a total of 10 points, and the last three were one-point games.

Following is a preview of the game by senior point guard Randi Baran.

Randi Baran How do you feel about the way the season has gone so far? We’re ending the regular season on top of our division, which is a great feeling. We’ve had the opportunity to play in many close games this year, which we feel has helped to greatly improve our mental toughness, thus preparing us for the postseason.

What will be the key for Muhlenberg to win? We have to put it all together and play like a team. It’s important for us to remain focused for the entire 40 minutes of the game and play within ourselves. We need to jump on them right away and get off to a fast start.

What worries you most about McDaniel? McDaniel is a hard-working team who’s always pumped up and ready to face us. Every playoff game is a pressure situation, no matter who it’s against, simply because it’s a do-or-die situation.

What do you remember most about the first game against McDaniel this year? I will always remember how our team came together that day and channeled our energy and emotion into a full team effort. I was so proud of our team that day.

How are playoff games different from regular season games? Playoff games are always very intense, physical and emotional matchups. We’ve spent all season waiting for this moment. This is when it all counts.

Are you motivated by the fact that you’re a senior and this could be your last game? I always try to play every game as if it were my last. I’m really pumped up for the playoffs because I want to leave Muhlenberg as a Centennial Conference champion.

How much will homecourt advantage mean? It’s always comfortable to play at home in our gym, especially since we have the greatest fans. This is where we play our best basketball.

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Last updated February 25, 2003