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Berg Women Hit 19 Threes, Clinch Playoff Spot
The Muhlenberg womens basketball team broke the Centennial Conference
record with 19 three-pointers in a game and fell just one short of the
Division III record of 20, as they defeated Haverford, 105-81, to clinch a
berth in the Centennial Conference playoffs.
The Mules (17-5, 12-3) broke the Division III record for three-point attempts with 64. The previous record was 56, set by Cabrini in 1994 and Emory & Henry in 1996.
Muhlenberg also broke the school record for field goal attempts (118) and, for the second straight game, tied the record for assists (27). The Mules broke the school single-season record for assists and now have 431.
Nine players made threes for Muhlenberg, including junior guard Gwen Doyle, who hit two to tie her own school record with 46 this season. Sophomore Tiffany Kirk hit five shots from behind the arc and led the Mules with 17 points. With 44 threes, she is only two behind Doyle in the race for the individual season record.
Even junior Aril Bryant, who had taken four three-pointers all year, got into the act, knocking down two of her three shots from long range to become the 11th Mule to make a three this season.
Sophomore Sam Tager led squad with seven assists, and Bryant added five. In all, 13 Mules assisted on at least one basket.
A total of 16 Mules scored. Sophomore Stephanie Coluccini put in a season-high 13, despite being one of just five Mules not to hoist a three. Senior Erin DeVaney shot eight threes and made four for 12 points.
The Mules scored 100 points for the seventh time. They entered the game leading the entire NCAA in scoring and ranked second in three-pointers made per game. They pushed their average to 10.1 threes per game to reclaim the top spot. Muhlenberg has now hit 223 three-pointers, the third-highest single-season total in Division III history.
Muhlenberg grabbed 36 offensive rebounds, seven by senior Susan Marchiano, who had 10 total. Sophomore Lacie Smith led the Mules with 11 boards.
With three games left in the regular season, the Mules are in third place in the CC, three games ahead of fifth-place Swarthmore. Muhlenberg can finish no worse than tied with the Garnet, over whom they own a tie-breaking sweep of the season series.
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