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After giving up 23 offensive rebounds at Franklin & Marshall in a 78-71 overtime loss that ended its 11-game winning streak, the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team made rebounding a priority for its next game against Centennial Conference playoff contender Gettysburg.

The strategy worked, especially in the second half, as the Mules (16-2, 11-2) pulled away for a
Kristen Piscadlo
Five assists moved Piscadlo into sole possession of eighth place on the all-time CC chart with 367 for her career.
52-38 victory that prevented the one loss from turning into a losing streak.

“I think this was a crucial game for us,” said senior Stephanie Coluccini. “When you have a winning streak like we had and lose it can lead to a real downfall. It was important to win today to pick up morale and get back on track.”

It took Muhlenberg a little more than a half to get completely back on track. Up 22-20 after a tight first half, the Mules saw the Bullets (11-8, 8-4) scored the first seven points of the second half to claim their biggest lead.

Gettysburg took its last lead, 32-30, on a pair of free throws with 12:29 on the clock, but made only two field goals the rest of the way. The Bullets shot just 18.8 percent in the second half, and most of the time they missed, Muhlenberg was there to collect the rebound.

The Mules outrebounded the Bullets, 30-22, in the second half, with Coluccini (nine), junior Meghan Courtney (eight) and senior Lacie Smith (six) accounting for all but seven of the boards.

Courtney (21 points, 14 rebounds) and Smith (11 points, 11 rebounds) both finished with double-doubles, while Coluccini, playing courageously with her ankles heavily taped to protect an injury that kept her out of most of the F&M game, finished with 11 rebounds and six points. It was the first time Muhlenberg had three players with double figures in rebounds since 1991.

Held to 30 points in the first 29 minutes, the Mules improved their offensive execution to the point where all the points in their game-closing 22-6 run came on layups and free throws.

Muhlenberg went ahead for good with a 7-0 run near the 10-minute mark. Courtney started the spurt with a putback and free throw to make the score 33-32. Senior Kristen Piscadlo then stole the ball at midcourt and passed to freshman Lauren Boyle for a fast-break layup. After a Gettysburg miss, Coluccini snagged the rebound and dished off to Piscadlo, whose fullcourt pass to Smith resulted in another layup.

The cushion was more than enough for the Muhlenberg defense, which held an opponent to 40 points or fewer for the fifth time in six CC home games. The Mules also held the CC’s leading scorer to eight points, 11 below her average.

In addition to recording her fifth double-double of the season, Courtney blocked a career-high five shots, just one short of the school record.

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