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After an evenly played first half, the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team showed its muscle in the second half and came away with a 68-46 victory over visiting Franklin & Marshall. It was the sixth win in a row
Tiffany Kirk
Kirk is 14-for-29 from three-point range during the Mules’ six-game winning streak. She entered the F&M game third in the CC in three-point percentage.
for the Mules and their fifth-straight over the Diplomats.

Muhlenberg (10-1, 5-1), playing its first home Centennial Conference game since November, looked to run away early as each of its starters scored in the first three minutes for an 11-0 lead. Franklin & Marshall (3-7, 1-3) hung tough and worked its way back into the game by capitalizing on Mule turnovers. The game went into a seesaw the final four minutes of the first half, with the Diplomats coming out on top, 33-32.

“In the first half they beat us by forcing turnovers,” said senior Kristen Piscadlo, who was 4-of-8 from the field. “After we were up early, they came back at us and we all got a little jittery and that led to turnovers. We knew we could play better than that, and in the second half we concentrated on settling down and running our plays, not rushing them.”

The Mules did just that, and proved too much for the Diplomats, outscoring them 36-13 in the second half.

Junior Meghan Courtney completed a three-point play on a pick-and-roll with Piscadlo 11 seconds into the half to put Muhlenberg up two, and it never looked back. Courtney and senior Lacie Smith connected on back-to-back layups to increase the lead to six, 39-33, at 17:52. Freshman Lauren Boyle’s layup at 12:11 gave Muhlenberg a 12-point advantage of 49-37.

When these teams met last year, the Diplomats overcame a large second-half deficit to make it a close game. The Mules, up 49-39 with 11:52 left, made sure it would not happen again by going on a 9-0 run over the next two minutes. Senior Tiffany Kirk’s second three-pointer capped the run.

“We went in at halftime and made a list of things we wanted to do better in the second half,” said Kirk, who leads the Mules with 19 made threes on the season. “Among them was to execute better on offense and eliminate bad turnovers. We came out in the second half prepared, with a positive mentality and accomplished our goals.”

The Mules shot 51.7 percent from the floor in the second half, while holding the Diplomats to six baskets and 15.0 percent shooting. The 13 second-half points allowed by the Mules were a season low as they held their eighth opponent (in 11 games) to 53 or fewer points.

Courtney had 11 of her 17 points in the second half and was joined in double figures by Boyle (12) and Piscadlo (11). Piscadlo also had six assists. Courtney added eight rebounds and a season-high three blocked shots.

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Last updated January 10, 2006