Wednesday, December 8, 2004
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The night after an emotionally charged loss to nationally ranked DeSales, the Muhlenberg womens basketball team figured to come out flat against a visiting Haverford team that had lost 24 straight games to the Mules.
Senior Gwen Doyle got Muhlenberg off to a good start, hitting a three-pointer 15 seconds into the game. She hit another one 24 seconds later, and that set the theme for the game. Although the Mules did experience some sloppy play in the first half, they
The Mules (6-1, 4-0 Centennial Conference) broke the Division III mark for points in a half with 78 in the second half. The previous mark of 74 was set by Keene State against Rivier in 1998.
Muhlenberg also made 21 three-point field goals, topping by one the previous Division III record shared by Cabrini (vs. Rosemont, 1994) and Emory & Henry (vs. Eastern Mennonite, 2002). The three-pointers made record came six months after the Mules set the Division III record for three-pointers attempted with 64, also against Haverford.
Berg didnt need nearly as many attempts this time, making its 21 threes in only 53 tries. The Mules shot 13-of-23 (56.5 percent) from behind the arc in the second half.
Muhlenbergs 133 points tied for the fourth-most ever in Division III history, not far from the record of 140, and with 36 assists, the Mules missed the Division III mark by two.
Only three NCAA womens basketball teams, all in Division II, have ever made more than 21 three-pointers in a game. The record of 26 was set by Clarion in 1992.
Doyle set a school record with nine three-pointers (in 14 attempts) to account for all of her 27 points. Junior Kristen Piscadlo, who set a school record with 12 assists, added four three-pointers and finished with 16 points for her first career double-double.
Piscadlos dozen assists overshadowed the 10 handed out by senior Aril Bryant. Prior to this game, only six times in team history had a player reached double figures in assists.
Sophomore Emily Wright scored 15 points and juniors Sam Tager and Lindsay Orosz added 12 and 11, respectively, as Muhlenberg also set school records for field goals made (50) and attempted (120). The Mules pulled down 38 offensive rebounds, missing the school record of 71 total rebounds by one.
Nine different Muhlenberg players hit threes and all 14 players on the roster scored. The Mules hit the 100-point mark for the second time in three games on a layup by junior Lacie Smith with 8:45 to play. The game Fords (3-4, 0-2) played an up-tempo style throughout the contest, taking quick shots and scoring 25 points themselves in the final eight minutes.
Bryants only bucket of the game, on a driving layup, made the score 117-70 with 3:39 left and pushed Muhlenberg past the school record of 116 points in a game it set twice last year. Freshman Michelle Feldman banked in a three-pointer from the top of the key with 2:06 to play to tie the record of 20 in a game, and Piscadlo swished the record-breaker from the arc with 47 seconds left.
The Mules, who set a Division III record by averaging 10.2 three-pointers per game last year, are averaging 12.3 so far this season.
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Last updated December 8, 2004