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Women Win 10th Straight

Meghan Courtney

Like the men’s team in the first game of the doubleheader, the Muhlenberg women sent Washington home with a 25-point loss.

Junior Meghan Courtney (above) had 19 points, eight rebounds and three blocks, and freshman Bethany Enterline scored a career-high 13 points as the Mules extended their winning streak to 10 with a 65-40 victory.

Muhlenberg (14-1, 9-1) remained tied for first place in the Centennial Conference with Johns Hopkins, a 60-31 winner over Bryn Mawr. Dickinson, the Mules’ opponent on Tuesday, defeated Cabrini in a non-conference game but fell a half-game back.

Courtney was 5-for-6 from the field in the first 6:18 to help Muhlenberg to a 16-6 lead. The Shorewomen (4-13, 1-9) made it 18-10 with 8:30 on the clock but went dry the rest of the half, going into the locker room with a 29-10 deficit.

Senior Kristen Piscadlo had six assists to move into ninth place on the CC all-time list with 345 in her career.

Although the Mules extended a long winning streak, they had an even longer streak snapped. They were 0-for-6 from three-point range, failing to make a trey for the first time since 2001, a span of 118 games.

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Men Avenge Road Loss

It’s amazing what a change of scenery can do.

The Muhlenberg men’s basketball team never trailed as it overpowered Washington, 81-56, to win its 13th in a row against the Shoremen in Allentown.

When the teams last met, host Washington (8-9, 6-4) controlled the game and put up a season-high 97 points, shooting 11-of-22 from three-point land. That was then. This
Jimmy O'Brien
O’Brien finished with 13 points, six rebounds and a game-high five assists. He made four of five two-point attempts and is shooting 61.9 percent from inside the arc this season.
time it was the Mules’ turn to take control. Muhlenberg (8-8, 4-6) got off to a quick start and held the highest-scoring offense in the Centennial Conference (at 79.6 points per game) to a season-low 56 points, including just 20 in the first half.

Muhlenberg used its size advantage to attack the basket on offense, and on defense, to keep Washington off balance. The Mules held the Shoremen scoreless until the 15:49 mark, but by then, Muhlenberg had already built an 8-0 lead. It was the opposite of the 9-1 lead the Shoremen built in the teams’ previous meeting.

“We were able to get one of their starting forwards in foul trouble and out of the game,” said senior Jimmy O’Brien. “Once that happened, we had a lot of mismatches down low. Their guys were just too small and not strong enough to compete with us in the paint.”

It worked, as 10 of the Mules’ first 11 baskets of the game were layups.

Junior Chris Huber hit a three with 4:22 left in first half to give Muhlenberg its largest lead of the first period, 27-12. Washington scored six in a row, but a turnaround jumper by junior Tom Scott and layups by junior Jeff Stewart and O’Brien pushed the halftime lead to 33-20. Stewart’s basket completed a first-half double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds. He finished the afternoon with 22 points and 15 boards, his ninth double-double of the season and second against Washington.

Muhlenberg made sure Washington would not get close in the second half as O’Brien and Huber each hit a three-pointer to increase the lead to 39-21 early in the period. Again, Washington struggled to score, recording its first field goal of the half at the 15:27 mark. By then, the Mules had built the lead to 20 points. They went up by as many as 28 in the half.

Muhlenberg shot 54.2 percent (32-of-59) from the floor, while holding Washington to 32.8 percent, including just 5-of-20 from beyond the arc.

“When we were down there, they didn’t miss,” said O’Brien. “We played a lot of zone down there, and they got a lot of good looks to beat us. Today we played all man to have a hand in their faces when they took shots and that helped us a lot. Also, the homecourt advantage was definitely a big bonus for us because the crowd was really into it today and gave us a lot of help.”

Stewart, who set a Muhlenberg record with eight blocks the last time these teams met, had four in this game to move into third in Muhlenberg history and seventh in Centennial Conference history. He also advanced to 15th on the Muhlenberg all-time points’ list with 1,177.

“It’s a lot easier once you get a jump from the get-go,” said Stewart. “You play with a lot more confidence. That was definitely beneficial for us today. We worked real hard over the last week to prep for Washington. From the last game, we knew what they were going to run and executed well defensively today to stop them.”

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