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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL EARNS RANKING,
PLAYOFF BERTH
MULES RANKED 22nd

For the first time in four years, the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team is ranked in the top 25 in Division III.

The Mules (18-2) are ranked 22nd in the D3hoops.com poll and 23rd in the USA Today ESPN/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association poll. They were just outside the top 25 in both last week, before winning at then-No. 19 Moravian.

Muhlenberg achieved its highest national ranking ever in 2002, climbing to No. 8.

One of 19 teams in Division III with two or fewer losses, the Mules also appear in the NCAA statistical rankings through Sunday’s games. The team is seventh in Division III in field-goal percentage defense (.314) and ninth in scoring defense (50.0 points per game). Senior Kristen Piscadlo is 14th with her average of 5.9 assists per game.

D3hoops.com Division III poll
Team W-L Pt Last
 1 Southern Maine (21) 19-1 620  1
 2 Scranton (2) 20-1 598  2
 3 Washington (Mo.) 18-2 539  3
 4 Mary Washington (2) 20-0 526  4
 5 DePauw 21-1 518  5
 6 Bowdoin 18-2 509  6
 7 Hope 20-1 495  7
 8 Baldwin-Wallace 19-2 435  8
 9 Randolph-Macon 19-2 393 13
10 Calvin 18-2 355 14
11 McMurry 20-1 348  9
12 Messiah 19-2 346 15
13 Hardin-Simmons 18-2 315 17
14 Wheaton (Ill.) 17-3 279 10
15 Brandeis 15-3 273 11
16 Capital 18-3 212 20
17 New York University 17-3 210 12
18 Simpson 17-3 168 22
19 Williams 19-3 142 25
20 Puget Sound 18-3 129 rv
21 Pacific Lutheran 17-3 110 18
22 MUHLENBERG 18-2  95 rv
23 Salem State 17-3  93 21
24 Mississippi College 16-3  81 16
25 Wis.-Stevens Point 16-5  74 rv
Others receiving votes: Rochester 72, Moravian 59, Lawrence 42, Bates 30, Oglethorpe 24, Carroll 11, Mount St. Mary 7, Maryville (Mo.) 7, Otterbein 4, Washington & Jefferson 2, Bridgewater 2, Eastern Connecticut 1, Wilmington 1.
Piscadlo Breaks Assists Mark

The Muhlenberg women’s basketball team clinched a Centennial Conference playoff berth with a 58-50 win at Bryn Mawr.

Ahead by only two points at halftime, the Mules (19-2, 13-2) gradually
Lacie Smith
Senior Lacie Smith became the second Mule forward in as many games to reach the 500-rebound mark. She pulled down eight boards, increasing her career total to 503, and hit a three-pointer with 8:25 left in the first half to kick off a 10-2 run that gave Muhlenberg the lead for good.
pulled away, building a 10-point lead with nine minutes to go and holding off the Owls (3-20, 0-16) to remain a game behind first-place Johns Hopkins, which handily defeated McDaniel.

Senior Kristen Piscadlo scored 10 points and had eight assists to break her own school record of 117 assists in a season. She now has 125 for the year and 385 for her career, good for seventh place on the Centennial’s all-time list.

“It feels great because it means everyone is making shots and playing well,” said Piscadlo, who set the record two years ago when Muhlenberg was the highest-scoring women’s basketball team in the country. The Mules are averaging more than 25 points per game fewer this season. “It shows a lot about our team, that we can set the ball up and make quality shots.”

Junior Meghan Courtney improved her shot-making in the second half, going 7-of-9 from the field to score 15 of her game-high 19 points. Freshman Lauren Boyle added 10 points for the Mules.

Dickinson, a game behind Muhlenberg, also clinched a CC playoff berth with its win against Franklin & Marshall.

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Last updated February 7, 2006