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MULES RETURN TO WIN COLUMN

The Muhlenberg women’s basketball team is back to its winning ways.

Just two days after dropping its first game of the season to McDaniel at home, the Mules traveled to Baltimore and handed Johns Hopkins its first home loss of the season, 50-45.
Erin McSherry
Sophomore Erin McSherry recorded a career-high three blocked shots and also pulled down seven rebounds.
It was also the Mules’ first regular-season victory at Goldfarb Gym.

In a close second half, Johns Hopkins’ Andrea Dodrill scored four straight points to give her team its first lead, 45-41, with 3:57 to go.

Muhlenberg responded with a 9-0 run to close out the game. A three pointer by senior Emily Wright and a layup by senior Megan Courtney gave the Mules (12-1, 7-1) the lead for good with 3:05 to go, and a layup by sophomore Lauren Boyle extended the lead to 48-45 with 1:18 left. The Blue Jays (7-6, 5-3) fouled the Mules down the stretch in an attempt to regain possession of the ball, but junior Abra Like hit two free throws with seven seconds on the clock to seal the game, 50-45.

“Johns Hopkins taking the lead and us coming back really showed how we played well in the second half,” said Boyle.

The Mules also came out strong in the first half, looking like a team that did not want to lose two straight contests.

“We talked about coming out hard and playing hard to make up for the loss on
MEN FINISH 0-3 WEEK

The Muhlenberg men’s basketball team dropped its third game of the week, 78-58, in the second game of the doubleheader at Johns Hopkins.

The 19th-ranked Blue Jays (13-2, 7-1) shot 72.7 percent in the first half, opening up a 44-18 lead. They eventually led by as many as 37 before the Mule reserves closed the gap in the final 10 minutes.

Freshman Ryan Foster led Muhlenberg (5-9, 4-4) with a career-high 14 points in only 14 minutes.

The game was preceded by a moment of silence for McDaniel coach Bob Flynn, who died suddenly at age 49 after suffering a heart attack on Friday night. The last game he coached was against Muhlenberg.

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Thursday,” Boyle said.

Muhlenberg started the game on an 8-0 run, holding the Blue Jays scoreless for the first four minutes and without a field goal for the first five. From that point, it was a half of runs, with each team scoring in spurts; but Muhlenberg used one five-minute and one four-minute Blue Jay scoring drought to hang on to the lead and go into the locker room up by four, 25-21.

Four Mules scored 46 of the team’s 50 points, with Boyle’s 17 leading the way. Courtney added 12 points and pulled down 11 boards for her fourth double-double, while Like scored nine points and dished out seven assists. Wright finished the game with eight points.

Muhlenberg held Johns Hopkins to just 20.9 percent shooting from the field for the game, including 14.3 percent on 5-for-35 shooting in the first half.

“We really like to pride ourselves on our defense,” Boyle said, “and we feel like if we can hold our opponents to less than 50 points, we can find a way to win.”

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Last updated January 13, 2007