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MEN’S BASKETBALL WINS BIG
Women Fall in OT Again; Indoor Track Gets Going
Women Score 100, Lose in OT

For the second straight day, the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team helped set the record for combined points scored in a Centennial Conference game. And for the second straight day, the Mules were edged in overtime, this time by McDaniel, 103-100.

The Mules (10-3, 5-2) tied a school record with 13 three-pointers and hit 25 of their 31 free throw attempts, but could not pull away from the Green Terror (11-2, 8-0). The game tipped off less than 17 hours after a 99-93 overtime loss to Johns Hopkins last night that set the pevious record for combined points by two teams in a CC matchup. It was the first time the Mules have ever played back-to-back overtime games.

Senior Jill Friedman led all players with 24 points and 13 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. She went 12-for-14 from the free throw line. Sophomore Kristen Piscadlo knocked down four threes in five attempts and tied a career high with 18 points. She also led the team with six assists.

Piscadlo opened the game with two three-pointers, and the Mules led by as many as 12 in the first half. McDaniel climbed back and the game reached halftime tied at 51. The second half was close throughout, with McDaniel hitting the final two shots to force overtime at 94-94. The Mules had a chance to tie in the final seconds, but could not get off a clean shot against the Terror defense.

Friedman gave Muhlenberg a 96-95 lead in the first minute of overtime, but the Green Terror reeled off the next six points. The Mules got to within one in the final minute on Piscadlo’s three-point play and a free throw. McDaniel hit two foul shots with 17.2 seconds left, and Muhlenberg could only get off a desperation three-pointer before time ran out.

Junior Gwen Doyle contributed three of the record 13 three-pointers, and sophomore Tiffany Kirk added two and totaled 11 points. Sophomore Stephanie Coluccini had four assists.

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INDOOR TRACK TAKES OFF AT KUTZTOWN; WRESTLING DROPS HOME OPENER

Indoor Track: The Mules got off to a promising start to the 2004 season Friday night at the Kutztown Invitational.

Senior Rob Uniszkiewicz beat out 20 other runners to win the men’s mile, and sophomore Karen Mount won the women’s 3,000.

Junior Katie Macomber was the first Mule across in the 300, establishing a school record at 48.66 seconds.

Defending Centennial Conference champion John Brodowski finished second in the high jump. Freshman Lex Mercado placed third in the 1,000 in his first collegiate track meet.

Sophomore Danielle Seiler was third the in women’s 400, one spot ahead of freshman Lily Hatfield, who also placed fourth in the pole vault. Hatfield was one of four freshman women to place in multiple individual events. She was joined by Rachel Drosdick (fourth in 55-meter hurdles and seventh in high jump), Kim David (sixth in pole vault and triple jump) and Katie Hicks (sixth in triple jump and high jump). Overall, Mule freshmen placed in 15 individual events.

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Wrestling: Johns Hopkins 33, Muhlenberg 13. Muhlenberg (1-8, 0-2) held a 13-3 lead after four bouts, but Johns Hopkins captured all six remaining bouts and spoiled the Mules’ home opener.

Muhlenberg’s three wins came in a row, with sophomore Dale Mills’ first period pin sandwiched around two bouts with dramatic endings. At 141, junior Jeremy Hart took his opponent down with five seconds left to get the two points he needed for a major decision (8-0). At 157, sophomore Chris Gibson scored a reversal with 23 ticks on the clock for a 7-5 decision.

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After taking the Centennial Conference’s top two teams down to the wire in its last two games, the Muhlenberg men’s basketball team broke a four-game losing streak by beating McDaniel, 91-75, at Memorial Hall.

The Mules (4-8, 3-4) shot 62.1 percent from the field, including 19-of-26 shooting in the first half. They led by 12 at the break and extended the margin to as many as 24 points late in the second half.

“It was a big win,” said sophomore Jimmy O’Brien. “You’ve got to get the ones at home and you’ve got to get a conference win. There’s a lot of teams fighting for the third and fourth spots in the league.”

O’Brien led all scorers with 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting. He also had six rebounds and five assists. O’Brien scored 21 points in Friday night’s loss to Johns Hopkins and 26 Tuesday against Franklin & Marshall, both close losses to teams with then-unblemished CC records.

“I’ve been feeling it,” O’Brien said. “I’ve just been coming out and playing with confidence and being aggressive.”

The Mules won their first two Centennial games before losing four straight, including this week’s two close ones.

“We’ve been right there lately,” said junior point guard Donté Borden, who scored a career-high 10 points and dished out a game-high six assists. “We’re just glad to see all of our hard work is paying off.”

Three other Mules scored in double-figures. Freshmen Jeff Stewart and Tom Scott scored 17 points each. Stewart had a game-high seven rebounds and Scott had five assists. Junior guard Ryan Bonda added 11 points on 3-of-6 three-point shooting. The ’Berg team was 8-for-14 from behind the arc.

The Mules jumped ahead early and led, 16-6, on a Scott three-pointer 4:39 into the game. They made 16 of their first 20 shots. McDaniel (4-10, 1-6) hit nine threes, but could not get the deficit under seven points in the second half.

Chase Licata scored nine points and handed out five assists. Freshman Justin Fields scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds in just 12 minutes. Muhlenberg outrebounded the Green Terror, 35-21.

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Last updated January 17, 2004