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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL EKES BY FORDS

The Muhlenberg women’s basketball team used a 17-3 run over the final 7:31 of the game to come away with a 50-46 victory over visiting Haverford.

Haverford (4-17, 2-12), looking to end its 27-game losing streak to the
Lauren Boyle
Boyle, who also made the game-winning basket in an overtime win at Ursinus two weeks ago, was the Mules’ leading scorer in the first half with eight points.
Mules, took its second 10-point lead with 8:24 remaining in the second half, right after Muhlenberg (17-2, 12-2) called timeout to settle down after a potential three-point play was erased by an offensive foul.

“In the timeout coach told us to keep playing defense,” said senior Kristen Piscadlo. “We needed to execute our plays, look for the open shot and play Muhlenberg basketball.”

Muhlenberg did just that, scoring the next seven points, including a pullup three-pointer by Piscadlo with 5:43 to play, narrowing Haverford’s lead to 43-40. The teams exchanged baskets, and the Fords added a free throw to go up four points. With 2:19 left in the game, Piscadlo hit another three, bringing the Mules within one at 46-45.

After a defensive rebound by senior Stephanie Coluccini, Piscadlo drove down at the basket and bounced a pass across the baseline to freshman Lauren Boyle, whose jumper with 58 seconds to play gave Muhlenberg its first lead, 47-46, since the early minutes of the game.

“I saw one of their girls come across the lane and I knew Lauren would be able to get free and get a shot off,” said Piscadlo, who had a game-high and season-high 16 points. “They got a hand on the pass, but luckily it kept bouncing right to Lauren.”

Coluccini forced a turnover at the other end. Classmate Lacie Smith hit the first free throw, and Boyle came down with the rebound when the second one missed. Piscadlo then iced the game with a pair of shots from the charity stripe.

Haverford came out of the gates hot, attacking the Mules, who were without their top shot-blocker and rebounder, inside. The Fords made nine of their first 12 shots on their way to a 20-10 lead just over seven minutes into the game. Muhlenberg tightened up on defense and only allowed Haverford two baskets (on 18 shots) the remainder of the half. The Fords led 27-26 going into the locker room.

Piscadlo started the second half with a free throw to knot the game at 27, but Haverford used a 16-6 run to take the 43-33 lead.

“We knew they were going to come out strong,” said freshman Bethany Enterline, who had a team-high six rebounds. “They have been playing a lot of younger players and have improved a lot since the first time we saw them [an 82-46 win]. We weren’t executing correctly early and they took advantage, but once we settled down and played Muhlenberg basketball, we were able to work our way back into the game.”

Boyle and Smith also finished in double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Boyle had a game-high five assists and three of the Mules’ 14 steals.

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Last updated January 31, 2006