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It was Katelyn Tolan’s birthday, but every member of the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team received a nice present: a decisive win against Franklin & Marshall.

The Mules (14-3, 9-3), who had dropped two straight road games, returned home for a 77-36 thumping of the Diplomats (5-12, 4-7). After scoring just 34 points in a loss at Dickinson on Tuesday, Muhlenberg topped that total in each half.

“We’ve been playing well; we just had a little shooting slump,” said junior Michelle Feldman. “We know that we’re a good shooting team and if we persisted, we’d get out of it
Diana Canzoneri
Freshman Diana Canzoneri dished out four assists in 10 minutes.

The Mules shot 44.3 percent for the game and were 10 of 19 from behind the three-point arc.

Muhlenberg trailed 8-6 before back-to-back three-pointers by junior Abra Like turned the tide. Ahead 20-13 with 9:51 on the clock, the Mules closed out the half with a 19-0 run to take a 39-13 lead into the locker room.

Senior Meghan Courtney kicked off the run with a three-point play and scored all of her game-high 14 points in 13 first-half minutes. She also blocked three shots.

The large lead enabled the Mules, in the middle of a three-game week, to go to the bench early in the second half. Freshman Kaitlyn O’Malley scored a career-high 10 points, and Tolan, backed by an enthusiastic group of fans, celebrated her birthday with eight points and four rebounds.

“It was good for the young players to get some experience under their belts,” commented Feldman. “As we get down to the second half of the season, it will be important to go deeper on our bench.”

Feldman played an outstanding game, pulling down a career-high eight rebounds and adding four assists with no turnovers in 20 minutes. She did not take a shot until, at the goading of her teammates, she fired up a three-pointer in the final 30 seconds.

“I like to get my teammates involved, and I like to pass,” she said. “I know playing team basketball is going to help us.”

So will more games like this.

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Last updated January 25, 2007