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Fans expecting something special from the Centennial Conference women’s basketball semifinal game between Muhlenberg and McDaniel instead got just an ordinary, routine contest.

Of course, routine for these two teams is a game decided by a minimum of points where the winner isn’t determined until the final buzzer sounds. That is just what happened for the
Lauren Boyle
Boyle is averaging 17.3 points in the last four games. Her 259 points this season are the most by a Mule freshman since 1997.
third time this season (with the added wrinkle of overtime thrown in), and for the third time it was the Mules coming out on top.

A layup by junior Meghan Courtney with 2:51 left in overtime proved to be the game-winning basket as Muhlenberg defeated McDaniel, 56-55, to advance to the CC championship game.

The 15th-ranked Mules (24-2) will face Johns Hopkins (20-6), a 53-49 winner over Dickinson in the first semifinal, which also came down to the final minute. Muhlenberg and Johns Hopkins met for the CC championship five straight years from 1996 to 2000, with the Blue Jays winning three.

Muhlenberg led for most of the game and had a 14-point cushion, at 39-25, at the 13-minute mark. The Mules went nearly 10 minutes without a field goal, however, and – just as it had done in the previous two games – the two-time defending champion Green Terror clawed back, finally tying the score at 49 on a three-pointer from the corner with 59 seconds left.

Senior Stephanie Coluccini responded with a layup to put Muhlenberg up by two. McDaniel tied the game at 51 on two free throws with 7.8 seconds left, and a last-second attempt by the Mules was blocked.

The Green Terror led 53-52 in overtime when Courtney received a post entry pass and her defender fell down. Action stopped for a moment as the players expected a foul to be called, but
Meghan Courtney
Courtney almost completed her eighth double-double of the season in the first half, notching 10 points and nine rebounds.
the whistle didn’t blow and Courtney banked home the wide-open shot.

After a McDaniel turnover, freshman Lauren Boyle sank two free throws with 2:13 left to give Muhlenberg a 56-53 lead.

The Green Terror made a layup and got the ball back following a Mule turnover. With 1:03 left, senior Kristen Piscadlo stepped in to draw a charge on a McDaniel player driving in for a go-ahead layup.

Muhlenberg missed a shot on its next possession, but Boyle forced a tieup on the rebound to keep the ball with the Mules with 36 seconds left. The Green Terror blocked a shot with 10 seconds left, raced down the floor and took a medium-range jumper. It glanced off the iron as the buzzer sounded, and Muhlenberg had escaped with the win.

The Mules’ three victories over McDaniel came by a total of five points. The two teams have played five one-point games the last five years, including two this season.

Boyle led all scorers with 19 points and also pulled down 10 rebounds for her first career double-double. Courtney also had a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Piscadlo added 12 points.

Muhlenberg held McDaniel, which came in 12th in Division III in shooting percentage, to 30.2 percent from the field and a season low in points. The Mules also had a 46-35 advantage on the boards, reversing a 45-31 Green Terror rebounding advantage from the teams’ meeting nine days ago.

With the win, Muhlenberg established a new school record of 14 home victories in a season (the last four by a total of 10 points). This also marked the first the time the Mules defeated a team three times in the same season.

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Johns Hopkins 53, Dickinson 49: Neither team led by more than four points in the first semifinal game. Johns Hopkins broke the 12th tie of the game on a jumper by Katie O’Malley with 14 seconds left. After a Dickinson miss, the Blue Jays iced the win by hitting a pair of free throws.

Muhlenberg and Johns Hopkins split their two regular-season meetings, each team winning at home.

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Last updated February 25, 2006