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Seniors Emily Wright and Chris Pothering have at least two things in common: basketball and brains.

The two Muhlenberg hoops standouts were honored by their coaches at the Lehigh Valley Small College Basketball luncheon on Tuesday. They were named to the women’s and men’s scholar-athlete teams for their accomplishments on the basketball court and in the classroom.

Emily Wright
Wright leads the Centennial Conference in three-point shooting percentage.
Wright, a member of the women’s basketball team, is a neuroscience major with an economics minor and holds a 3.8 grade-point average.

“Emily is usually very quiet and doesn’t like having the spotlight on her, but she deserves this honor,” said Ron Rohn, the women’s basketball head coach. “She is an outstanding student.”

As a senior, Wright is preparing for life after graduation. She plans to either do neurological research this summer or apply for grad school.

When Wright is not studying the human nervous system, she can be found studying her game plan. She averages 11.3 points per game and leads the Mules in field goal percentage (.478) and three-point field goal percentage (.452). Her three-point field goal percentage also lands her eighth in Division III.

Chris Pothering
Pothering drained three three-pointers in overtime in a win at Gettysburg on Jan. 6.
Pothering, on the other hand, has been a spark off the bench for the men’s basketball team and leads all non-starters with 5.5 points per game. He has also dished out seven assists and recorded six steals so far this season.

“Chris is a pleasure to coach,” said men’s basketball head coach Dave Madeira. “He has never been a full-time player, yet he is a captain this year because of his work ethic and leadership.”

Pothering extends that positive charge towards his school work, as well. He has maintained a 3.4 GPA as a biology major by remaining determined and focused — skills he said he learned on the court. He even spent this past summer doing ecological research for class credit.

“I would love to go to medical school,” Pothering said, “and I had to go through biology to get there.”

Wright and Pothering will be back on the court — trying to outsmart their opponents — when they take on Ursinus tomorrow at Memorial Hall. The women’s game will tip off at 6:00, and the men’s game is slated for 8:00.

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Last updated January 16, 2007