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Wednesday, February 16, 2005
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Women Pull Away in Second Half

Junior Tiffany Kirk made four three-pointers for the third game in a row and scored a team-high 16 points as the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team kept its Centennial Conference playoff hopes alive with an 80-56 win at Bryn Mawr.

The Mules (11-12, 7-9) are tied with Ursinus for seventh place in the CC with two games to play, both at home. Muhlenberg is two games behind fifth-place Gettysburg, which lost at Johns Hopkins, but the Bullets’ two remaining games are against teams ahead of them in the standings, Swarthmore and Dickinson.

Franklin & Marshall, which is in between Gettysburg and Muhlenberg, has home games remaining against Washington and Johns Hopkins. The top five teams qualify for the playoffs.

The Mules led by only seven points at halftime, 34-27, but opened the second half on a 16-0 run to blow the game wide open. Twelve of the 16 points came on four three-pointers, two by Kirk and one apiece by junior Lacie Smith and senior Gwen Doyle.

Muhlenberg shot 50 percent (7-of-14) from three-point range and committed only two turnovers in the second half (and seven for the game).

For the first time in 12 games, the Mules had five players in double figures. Smith scored 14 points and nine rebounds, just missing her fourth double-double of the season. Doyle made three three-pointers and finished with 13 points. Junior Kristen Piscadlo (12 points) and sophomore Meghan Courtney (11) also scored in double figures.

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Men Overcome Halftime Deficit

The Muhlenberg men’s basketball team outscored Dickinson 35-14 over the final 11:20 en route to a come-from-behind 68-55 victory.

The Mules (11-12, 8-8), who won their third in a row, trailed by eight points at halftime and midway through the second half before going on a game-turning 13-0 run. Senior Dennis Severino scored seven of the points, five of them on one play.

In the race for the fifth and final Centennial Conference playoff spot, the Mules are two games behind Haverford with two games left. Muhlenberg has home games against McDaniel and Ursinus, while the Fords close out the regular season at Dickinson and home against archrival Swarthmore.

The Mules turned the ball over 13 times in the first half and went into the locker room down 29-21. It was 41-33 before sophomore Chris Pothering kicked off the 13-0 run with his second three-pointer. After a turnover by the Red Devils (8-15, 5-11), Severino drilled a deep three and was fouled. The officials ruled that the foul came after the shot and awarded Severino a one-and-one. He sank both free throws for a rare five-point play that tied the score at 41 with 10:02 left.

Severino hit a jumper with 8:56 on the clock to give Muhlenberg the lead for good, and sophomore Tom Scott capped the run with a three-pointer.

The Mules held Dickinson to 37-percent shooting for the game in holding an opponent under 60 points for the third time in four games. This was the second straight game in which Muhlenberg overcame a halftime deficit of at least five points to win.

Sophomore Jeff Stewart, despite playing only 20 minutes due to foul trouble, led all scorers with 13 points, while Severino finished with 10. Senior Chase Licata narrowly missed his second double-double in a row, finishing with nine points and 10 rebounds.

Sophomore Brandon Mefford gave the Mules a big lift off the bench with eight points and three assists.

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Last updated February 16, 2005