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Lauren Boyle
Boyle scored seven of the Mules’ 13 points in overtime. She also pulled down a season-high eight rebounds.
The Muhlenberg women’s basketball team will go into its holiday break on cloud nine with a perfect 9-0 record.

Sophomore Erin McSherry hit a layup with 3.6 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Muhlenberg past Susquehanna, 63-61. The win is the Mules’ 21st in a row at home, setting a new school record.

“It means a lot to come out with a victory against such a talented team,” said McSherry, who scored six points and collected seven rebounds.

Four players combined for 54 of the Mules’ 63 points. Sophomore Lauren Boyle led all scorers with 21 points and added eight rebounds. Seniors Meghan Courtney and Emily Wright and junior Abra Like each contributed 11 points. Courtney also pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds.

Meghan Courtney
Courtney’s 15 rebounds made her the 16th player in team history with 500 career boards. She has 513.
Like opened the game with two threes in the first two minutes to give the Mules a quick 6-0 lead, but the Crusaders immediately responded with a 12-2 run. After three lead changes and three ties, Muhlenberg went into halftime with a slight 23-22 lead.

In the second half, with the Mules up 29-24, the Crusaders went on another 12-2 run to take a 36-31 lead with 14:30 remaining in regulation. Susquehanna’s lead grew to as big as eight with 1:59 left on the clock, but Wright hit an off-balance three to spark an 8-0 Muhlenberg run to close out the half. Boyle hit two free throws, and Like scored the game-tying three with 22 seconds left to end regulation.

Susquehanna led by as many as three points on two occasions in overtime, including a 61-58 lead with 45 seconds to go. The Mules then scored the next five points to take the lead and the game. Boyle hit a three to tie the game at 61-61 with 35 seconds on the clock.

The Crusaders got the ball back but turned it over on an errant pass, and on Muhlenberg’s next possession, Wright caught the ball at the top of the key and passed it to McSherry for the eventual game-winning shot.

Susquehanna got off a desperation three as time expired, but the shot was too strong and bounced off the backboard and out of bounds.

“We played so hard the entire game, and to come out with the win was a great feeling,” said McSherry.

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