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Monday, January 10, 2005
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Sophomore Meghan Courtney scored a career-high 18 points as the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team snapped its two-game losing skid and picked up its first win in nearly a month, 92-63 against Penn State-Altoona.

The Mules (8-3), who struggled with their shooting in their first two
Meghan Courtney
Courtney grabbed eight of her 11 rebounds on the offensive end, leading the Mules to a 55-47 advantage on the boards.
games of the new year, took a while to find their groove. They missed 15 of their first 16 shots from the field, including all nine of their three-point attempts, and fell into a 15-6 hole seven-and-a-half minutes into the game.

Courtney ended the drought when she took a long pass from senior Aril Bryant and converted a layup. She was fouled on the play and missed the free throw, but got the offensive rebound and kicked it back to freshman Abra Like for a jumper from the top of the key.

That four-point play kick-started a 13-2 run that gave Muhlenberg its first lead, 19-17. The teams traded leads six more times before the end of the half, which ended with the Mules ahead, 39-35.

The Lions (2-7) made a free throw 12 seconds into the second half, but Muhlenberg scored the next 19 points, in little more than five minutes, to break the game wide open. During the run, the Mules repeatedly pounded the ball inside on the Altoona center who picked up four fouls in the first half. Junior Stephanie Coluccini scored six points in the run, and Courtney added four.

Muhlenberg led by as many as 30 points en route to topping the 90-point mark for the fifth time this season. The Mules outscored Altoona, 53-28, in the second half.

Courtney scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half and added 11 rebounds for her first career double-double. Junior Kristen Piscadlo scored 13 points, while Coluccini finished with 11.

Junior Valerie Robuck, playing against her hometown team and three former high school teammates, netted a career-high 11 points to go along with eight rebounds and three blocked shots.

Muhlenberg forced 47 turnovers against an Altoona team that was playing for the third time in four days.

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Last updated January 10, 2005