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Saturday, December 2, 2006
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SECOND-HALF FLURRY LIFTS
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PAST HOPKINS
Men Hang Tough in Loss

Junior Greg Pask achieved a career high in points as the men’s basketball team put up a strong fight against 23rd-ranked Johns Hopkins, but the Mules were unable to pull off the win. The Blue Jays handed Muhlenberg its first Centennial Conference loss of the season, 62-56.

In the first half, Pask hit a jumper with 11:00 remaining to spark a 15-3 run that would give the Mules (2-3, 1-1) their biggest lead of the game at 22-15. During the run, senior Chris Pothering scored six points on two three-pointers. He finished the game with 12 points on 4-for-7 shooting, all from behind the arc. Pask, who scored a total of 13 points last season, scored 16 points and pulled down six rebounds.

Johns Hopkins (7-0, 2-0) responded to the Muhlenberg run by cutting the lead to as little as one and going into halftime trailing by only four.

When the Blue Jays emerged from the locker room, they took immediate control of the second half, scoring the first seven points to take the lead for good. Hopkins shot 58.3 percent in the second half after firing at only a 31-percent clip in the first half.

Despite the Blue Jays’ early run, the Mules never gave up, and after a Blue Jay dribbled the ball off his foot and out of bounds, Pothering hit a three to pull the Mules within three points, 46-43, with 7:25 to go. Johns Hopkins then regained its composure and closed out the game, winning 62-56.

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The temperature in the Lehigh Valley dropped 24 degrees from its record high of 72 in just five hours on Friday night. But that was nothing compared to the rapid change in conditions inside Memorial Hall on Saturday afternoon.

The Muhlenberg women’s basketball team went on a 30-6 run early in the second half to
Bethany Enterline
Sophomore Bethany Enterline made back-to-back Muhlenberg baskets in the big run.
turn a close game into a runaway and went on to defeat Johns Hopkins, 75-58, in a rematch of last year’s Centennial Conference championship game.

The victory kept the Mules undefeated at 5-0 and extended their homecourt winning streak to 18, two short of the school record.

Both teams showed their strengths in the back-and-forth first half, which featured 13 lead changes and four ties. The Blue Jays (3-2, 1-1) held a 31-17 advantage on the boards but committed 14 turnovers to only six for Muhlenberg.

Hopkins trailed 31-30 at the break, but scored off an offensive rebound on the first possession of the second half to go back ahead by one. A minute later, sophomore Lauren Boyle made a jumper to ignite the decisive spurt.

Over the next nine minutes, the Mules made 13 of 15 field-goal attempts while holding Hopkins to two field goals in 12 tries and few second chances. Eight players combined to score the 30 points, with Boyle’s nine leading the way.

When it was over, Muhlenberg held a 61-38 lead with 9:25 on the clock. The Mules eventually led by as many as 27 points, 70-43 with 6:26 left.

Boyle finished with a team-high 15 points and drew three charges but was overshadowed by her starting backcourt mate, junior Abra Like, who finished with a career-high 10 assists to go along with seven points and five steals.

Courtney had 14 points and three blocked shots, and sophomore Erin McSherry scored 11 points.

The win was the 99th in the career of sixth-year head coach Ron Rohn. He will go after No. 100 when the Mules host Swarthmore on Tuesday.

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Last updated December 2, 2006