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Tuesday, February 10, 2004
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Playing perhaps its best game of the season, the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team shot a season-best 51.8 percent from the field to cruise past Centennial Conference playoff contender Swarthmore, 103-56.

The Mules (16-5, 11-3) posted their sixth 100-point game of the season against one of the best defensive teams in Division III. The Garnet (12-8, 7-6) came in leading the CC and ranked among the national leaders in scoring defense, allowing only 53.3 points per game.

Muhlenberg topped that mark in the second half alone, when it shot 59.5 percent and scored 55
Susan Marchiano
Marchiano’s 13 points moved into the top 10 on the Mules’ all-time scoring list. She is now tied for ninth with 871 career points.
points. All but three of the Mules’ 18 players made field goals as the team missed the school record of 42 field goals in a game by one.

“This has been a hard academic week for us and coming out of it we were all relaxed and able to find a rhythm,” noted senior forward Becky Richmond, who contributed seven points and tied for the team high with eight rebounds. “When your teammates start hitting shots and you get into the flow, then you get confidence.”

Good passing contributed to the team’s rhythm. The Mules tied a school record with 27 assists and need seven more to break the school record of 410 in a season.

The 103 points enabled Muhlenberg to break the school record of 1,877 points in a season, set in 25 games in 1989-90. That team averaged 75.1 points per game; this year’s Mules have scored 1,904 in 21 for an average of 90.7 per game. They are the only team in all of NCAA women’s basketball averaging more than 90 points a game.

Muhlenberg jumped out to an 18-4 lead in the first five minutes and never looked back. Swarthmore closed to within six, at 22-16, with nine minutes left in the half, but an 11-0 run later in the half gave the Mules their first 20-point lead, 41-21.

The gap was 21 at the break (48-27), and Muhlenberg maintained a 20-point advantage the entire second half. Unlike recent games in which they held a big lead, the Mules finished strong, holding the Garnet without a field goal for the final eight minutes while closing out the game with a 20-1 run. After failing to score 90 points for five straight games, they reached the century mark on a three-point play by Lindsay Orosz with 1:10 left.

“We’ve been striving to hit our peak as we go into the playoffs,” said Richmond. “If we hit our peak now it will give us momentum to go into the playoffs, and hopefully the championship.”

Senior Jill Friedman led four players in double figures with 14 points, and her counterpart at center, senior Susan Marchiano, dropped in 13.

Reigning CC player of the week Kristen Piscadlo had an outstanding game running the point, scoring 10 points and dishing out eight assists with no turnovers. Classmate Stephanie Coluccini recorded 12 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Freshman Emily Wright added a career-high six points, making all three of her field-goal attempts.

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Last updated February 10, 2004