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The Muhlenberg women’s basketball team celebrated the end of finals week with a 93-77
Amber Nelson
Nelson was one of seven Mules with eight or more points and added three assists.
win at Penn State-Altoona, in a homecoming game for a pair of Mules.

Senior Amber Nelson and sophomore Valerie Robuck, both Altoona natives, started for the Mules (5-0). Nelson scored eight points, grabbed four rebounds, while Robuck had an assist in 11 minutes.

“It’s a little different, but it’s home,” said Nelson, “It’s good to play in front of my friends and family who can’t come to my games at Muhlenberg because it’s so far away.”

Sophomore Lacie Smith, from Bellefonte, about an hour from Altoona, also started. She tied her career high with 14 points and tied for the team lead with nine rebounds.

The Mules led by just two points at halftime, and the game was tied at 63 midway through the second half before Muhlenberg went on a 23-3 run to pull away. The Lady Lions (1-6) went almost nine minutes without making a field goal.

“Coming off the long trip and finals, it was hard to come out and get going,” Smith said. “Once we got going, we were okay.”

Senior Susan Marchiano had nine boards and scored 12 points. Jill Friedman tied for the team lead with 14 points and had five rebounds. Senior Erin DeVaney matched her career high with 11 points.

Muhlenberg shot just 32.9 percent from the field, but was able to score 93 points. The Mules set a school record by scoring 90 or more points for the fourth time this season. They had three 90-point games in both 1990-91 and 2001-02.

The game was Muhlenberg’s first since Dec. 2 and its second road game of the season, thanks to the postponement of last Saturday’s game at Washington (Md.). It was the Mules’ final tune-up before traveling to Daytona Beach, Fla. for the Land of Magic Classic Dec. 29-30.

“It was a tough one,” said Nelson. “We needed to get one on the road before break and before going to Florida.”

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Last updated December 13, 2003