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Tuesday, February 24, 2004
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Women Continue to Break Records
Men Drop Finale to Bears

The Muhlenberg men’s basketball team came back from an 11-point halftime deficit to tie, but could not take the lead and lost at Ursinus, 85-68.

Down 44-33 at the break, the Mules (8-17, 6-12) opened the second half with a 16-5 run to tie the score at 49 with 14:30 left. Junior guard Ryan Bonda scored the final eight points of the run.

The Bears (16-9, 12-6) then put together a 12-3 spurt and never relinquished the lead.

Sophomore Jimmy O’Brien knocked down seven of his eight shots from the field to lead the Mules with 17 points. He shared the team rebound lead at six with freshman center Jeff Stewart, who had 16 points.

Junior guard Donté Borden hit four three-pointers, scored a career-high 14 points and pulled down five boards. He and Stewart each recorded four assists.

Bonda gave the Mules a chance by keeping Ursinus star Dennis Stanton in check. Stanton, who leads Division III with an average of 32.1 points per game, scored 20 in the first half. Bonda held him to four points on 2-for-9 shooting in the second.

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On the day known as Fat Tuesday, the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team put some fat numbers on the scoreboard and in the record books, beating Ursinus, 116-84, in Collegeville, Pa.

The Mules (19-6, 14-4) knocked down 16 three-pointers, the second-highest total in school history, to push their season total to 259, breaking the NCAA Division III record of 253, set by Whittier in 1995-96.

Muhlenberg broke the Centennial Conference record for points in a season. The Mules have scored 2,286 points in their 25 games, bettering Johns Hopkins’ mark of 2,234, set in 29 games in 1994-95. The Mules also set a CC record for field goals made in a season with 800.

The Mules broke the school season record for free throws made by pushing their total to 427 and set single-game records with 44 field goals and 32 assists. They tied their record for points in a game, set earlier this season against Washington.

Sophomore guard Kristen Piscadlo dished out eight assists to break the school record with 112 this season. Becky Richmond led the all scorers with 20 points on 5-for-6 three-point shooting, and fellow senior Susan Marchiano added 16 points and 13 rebounds for her second straight double-double.

Muhlenberg led throughout, hitting four three-pointers in the first three minutes and never letting the Bears (9-16, 6-12) back in it. Senior Jill Friedman had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Mules, and sophomore Stephanie Coluccini added 11 and five.

The Mules added a full point to their NCAA-leading scoring average, which now stands at 91.4 points per game. They reclaimed the all-division lead in three-pointers per game, pushing their average to 10.36.

A total of 16 ’Berg players scored, and 13 recorded assists. Sophomore Sam Tager made four assists, one of six players with at least three.

Richmond made five of Muhlenberg’s 23 steals, and senior Amber Nelson added four in just seven minutes of action. Marchiano and Coluccini each blocked a pair of shots, pulling the Mules within one swat of the school season record of 81.

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Last updated February 24, 2004