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Thursday, February 10, 2005
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MULES GUN PAST BULLETS

Junior Tiffany Kirk tied a career high with 20 points, and the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team, looking like the high-scoring, fast-paced team of last year and earlier this season, defeated Gettysburg 80-73 at Memorial Hall in the second matchup between the teams in a week.

The 80 points was the Mules (10-12, 6-9) highest scoring output in their last seven games and marked the 12th time this season that Muhlenberg has scored 80 or more points in a game. The Bullets (11-10, 8-6) lost their seventh straight at Memorial Hall.

Gwen Doyle
Doyle also set a career high with five assists.
The Mules got off to a hot start, especially on the defensive end, and held the Bullets scoreless for 4:24 in the first half as they built a 22-11 advantage midway through the first half.

The Bullets climbed back into the game, taking their first lead on a field goal with 3:53 remaining, but junior Stephanie Coluccini scored on a layup the next time down the floor to start a 10-4 run to close the first half and give the Mules a 37-31 halftime lead.

Coming off a first half in which the Mules shot 50 percent (15 for 30), the Mules were just as good, if not better, in the second half.

“We didn't have any lulls coming into the second half as we did in the last game against Gettysburg,” said junior Kristen Piscadlo, who had 17 points and collected 10 assists, two off her career high. ”We just allowed our plays to work.”

The Bullets made a run early in the second half and cut the Mules lead to five on a three-pointer less than four minutes in, but Muhlenberg had an answer and a Kirk layup built the Muhlenberg lead back to seven.

Muhlenberg increased its lead to 14 when Kirk knocked down another three-pointer, her fourth and final trey of the game to give the Mules a 73-59 cushion with 4:36 left.

“Tif works her butt off,” said Piscadlo. “She deserved to have a good game like she did tonight.”

Junior Lacie Smith added 18 points and 10 rebounds for her third double-double in the last five games. Senior Gwen Doyle added 12 points on four three-pointers, giving her 57 on the season, breaking the single-season school record that she set a year ago.

The Mules were able to hold their own on the boards against the Bullets, who entered the game in the top 40 in Division III in rebounding. Gettysburg only outrebounded the Mules by one, 38-37 after having a 46-29 rebounding advantage in the Muhlenberg-Gettysburg matchup earlier in the week.

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Last updated February 10, 2005