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Tuesday, December 5, 2006
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100th WIN

Ron Rohn
Rohn and Steve Penuel, who has been an assistant coach for all 100 wins, accept game balls from Courtney (14) and Wright (21). Rohn is tied for the second-fastest to 100 wins in the College’s athletic history, behind recent Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Tipping, who recorded his 100th men’s soccer win in his 131st game in 1992. Brian Bodine (softball, 1990) also needed 137 games to reach the century mark.
The women’s basketball team beat Swarthmore, 74-47, and gave coach Ron Rohn the 100th victory of his Muhlenberg career. Rohn is now 100-37 in six seasons as the head coach of the Mules, making him one of only three coaches to reach the milestone in fewer than 150 games.

Rohn’s players wanted to win this game for their coach, and it showed.

“There was no losing tonight,” said junior Abra Like, who followed up her career-high 10 assist performance against Johns Hopkins on Saturday with a career-high 13 points against Swarthmore (3-5, 0-3).

The Mules (6-0, 3-0) came out on fire and opened the game with a 16-0 run, which included three straight three-pointers from senior Emily Wright and six straight buckets from the team without a miss. Wright finished the game with 11 points, all of which came in the first half.

Kaitlyn OPMalley
O’Malley was part of a deep bench that outscored the Garnet’s three reserves, 26-5. Muhlenberg’s bench is averaging more than 20 points per game.
Everyone seemed to get into the offense for the Mules. Junior Lauren Boyle played another stellar game for Muhlenberg, shooting 6-for-10 from the floor for 12 points and dishing out five assists. Sophomore Kaitlin Strumph added a career-high seven points in 10 minutes off the bench. Prior to tonight, Strumph scored a total of nine points on the season.

The Mules dominated the opening period, scoring 47 points on 52.6 percent shooting from the field. They carried their momentum into the second half and allowed the reserves some time to shine.

Freshman Kaitlyn O’Malley played a breakout game, scoring nine points in 12 minutes off the bench. Similar to Strumph, O’Malley scored a total of eight points in 24 minutes of play before tonight.

“Coming out strong against [Swarthmore] and winning for coach was most important,” O’Malley said.

Rohn took in all the praise from his players — including a postgame tribute from senior captains Wright and Meghan Courtney (10 points, 6 rebounds) — and bounced it all back onto them.

“I haven't won any games,” said Rohn. “I've just happened to coach a lot of great players.”

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Last updated December 5, 2006