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Wednesday, February 18, 2004
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Men Stop Skid; Women Set More Records
Women Cruise on Senior Night

The six seniors on the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team went out with a bang in their final regular-season home game. The Mules defeated Bryn Mawr, 84-47, and broke two more team records.

Muhlenberg (18-5, 13-3) hit 31 shots to set a new team record for field goals in a season with 730. The previous record was 728, set in 1989-90. The Mules also set a new team mark for rebounds in a season, grabbing 46 to push their total to 1,176 and eclipse the previous record of 1,134, set by the 1990-91 team.

Junior Gwen Doyle hit three shots from three-point range to tie the Mule career record with 118 threes. She broke her own record for threes in a season, pushing her total to 49. She finished with 11 points.

Senior Susan Marchiano led the Mules with 15 points and eight rebounds in her final regular-season appearance at Memorial Hall. Classmate Jill Friedman had eight points and seven boards. Seniors Erin DeVaney, Amber Nelson, Becky Richmond and Lindsay Tis also started, with Nelson handling point guard duties. Muhlenberg received a technical foul immediately after the tipoff for having six players on the floor.

Muhlenberg scored the first eight points of the game and jumped out to a 25-3 lead before the Owls (2-10, 0-17) could get going. The Mules took a 52-21 lead into the break and led by as many as 42 after scoring the first 11 points of the second half.

Sophomores Kristen Piscadlo and Sam Tager led the Mules with four assists each. Neither had a turnover, and they had lots of company: Muhlenberg committed only five turnovers in the game.

Tager and freshman Meghan Courtney had three steals apiece. Sophomore Lacie Smith put up seven points and seven rebounds.

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Men Pull Away in Final Minutes

Junior Donté Borden had career highs of 12 points and eight assists and hit the go-ahead basket as the Muhlenberg men’s basketball team won its home finale, 80-72 against Dickinson.

The victory snapped a seven-game losing skid for the Mules (7-16, 5-11), who won their final regular-season home game for the 16th straight season. As they were unable to do in many of their earlier games, the Mules won by taking control down the stretch.

The Red Devils (4-19, 3-13) came back from a seven-point halftime deficit to take a 66-65 lead on a pair of free throws with 4:53 remaining. They would not score another basket, however, until a meaningless putback in the final five seconds.

Muhlenberg took the lead for good when Borden hit a three-pointer from the corner with 4:23 to go. After Dickinson was whistled for a player-control foul at the other end, junior Ryan Bonda drilled a three-pointer from the wing to make it 71-66.

After a pair of Devil free throws, sophomore Jimmy O’Brien fed freshman Tom Scott for a layup that extended the Mules’ lead back to five. From there it was a matter of making free throws, and Borden (4-for-4) and Bonda (3-for-4) combined to seal the game from the line.

Muhlenberg forged its halftime lead on the inside play of freshman Jeff Stewart and the outside shooting of classmate Phil Eckman. Stewart had a double-double in the first half alone (12 points, 10 rebounds) and finished with 18 points and a carer-high-tying 16 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season.

Eckman drained three three-pointers in the first four minutes on the way to matching his career best with 12 points.

O’Brien had an excellent all-around game, contributing 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Muhlenberg overcame a big performance by Dickinson guard Brad Litchfield, who scored 39 points, just four short of the Memorial Hall record.

Prior to the game, the Mules, who have no senior players, honored five-year team manager James Benner Jr. for his loyalty and dedication.

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Last updated February 18, 2004