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DeSales Hands Women’s Hoops First Loss

The starting point guards on both Muhlenberg basketball squads were named to the Lehigh Valley Small College Team of the Month for the first month of the 2004-05 season.

Donte Borden Senior Donté Borden was honored for the men’s team. Described as a “coach on the floor” by the Mules’ coach on the bench, Dave Madeira, Borden leads Muhlenberg with 20 assists and is tied for the team lead with seven steals. He is third in the Centennial Conference in assist-to-turnover ratio and has manned an offense that averages 77.6 points per game.

Kristen Piscadlo Junior Kristen Piscadlo represented the women’s team. She entered the DeSales game leading the Mules in scoring (11.0 points per game), assists (20) and steals (15). Piscadlo led the CC in assist-to-turnover ratio and also ranked in the top five in the league in assists, steals, three-pointers and free-throw percentage.

The Team of the Month consists of one player from each of the seven area small college schools (six for men). Borden and Piscadlo were honored at the Lehigh Valley College Basketball Media Organization’s first luncheon of the season, at Starter’s Pub in Bethlehem.

The DeSales women’s basketball team pulled away late to defeat Muhlenberg, 98-83, handing the Mules their first loss of the season in a thrilling matchup between Lehigh Valley rivals.

Muhlenberg (5-1) started out cold, missing its first 12 attempts (nine from three-point range) from the field, and found itself in a 10-0 hole five minutes into the game. The
Lacie Smith
Junior Lacie Smith hit back-to-back three-pointers, banking in the second one, during the Mules’ first-half comeback. She finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Mules kept firing away, however, and achieved a 32-32 tie on a layup by junior Stephanie Coluccini with 3:20 left in the half.

The Bulldogs (5-1) had a 40-35 lead after making two free throws with 32 ticks on the clock, but senior Gwen Doyle sank one three-pointer and, after a steal by Coluccini, drained another one from halfcourt as the buzzer sounded to send Muhlenberg into the locker room with its first lead, 41-40.

The game remained tight through most of the second half. The Mules took their biggest lead, 56-51, on a layup by junior Sam Tager five minutes into the half. Midway through the half, the score was tied at 62 before DeSales scored the next five points to take the lead for good.

Muhlenberg was within three points, at 71-68, with 7:30 to play, but the Bulldogs, who are ranked 25th in the WBCA Division III poll, finished strong, making nine of their last 11 shots to pull away.

Coluccini and Doyle each scored 14 points for the Mules, with Coluccini adding nine rebounds and tying a career high with six steals. Tager finished with a career-high 11 points.

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