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Women Stay Undefeated

In order to head into final exams with its perfect record intact, the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team had to make some midterm adjustments.

Trailing last-place Washington at halftime, the Mules (8-0, 4-0) scored the first 13 points of the second half to take command and went on to a 79-60 win.

Senior Meghan Courtney poured in a career-high 30 points – the first 30-point game by a Muhlenberg women’s player in 15 years. She also had 15 rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots.

Courtney’s three-pointer with four seconds to go in the first half cut a Shorewomen lead that had been as much as seven to two, 35-33. Washington (2-6, 0-5) forced 13 Mule turnovers in the first 20 minutes.

Sophomore Lauren Boyle, held out of the first half due to an injury she suffered in Thursday’s win at Drew, started the second half and provided an immediate spark. Her jumper on the Mules’ first possession of the half knotted the game at 35. After a Courtney putback, Boyle converted a pass from junior Abra Like for a layup to make the score 39-35.

A three-pointer by senior Emily Wright, sophomore Kaitlin Strumph’s layup (assisted by Courtney) and a layup by Wright completed the 13-0 run, giving Muhlenberg a double-digit lead.

The Mules took much better care of the basketball in the second half, turning it over just once in the first 15 minutes, and shot 58.1 percent from the field.

Wright finished with 12 points and four assists, while Boyle scored 10 points in only 12 minutes. Sophomore Erin McSherry pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds and blocked two shots.

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The Muhlenberg men’s basketball team defeated Washington, 87-61, on Saturday at Memorial Hall. The 26-point spread is the largest margin of victory for the Mules this
Fields has 35 points and 15 rebounds in the last two games.
season, and the win is their 14th straight at home against the Shoremen.

The Mules jumped on Washington (1-5, 1-3) early, going on a 10-0 run to take a 23-10 lead with 7:10 remaining in the first half. Freshman Obi Nwizugbo scored all four of his points in that stretch.

Muhlenberg led by 21 points at halftime. Despite its tendency for squandering first-half cushions, the team resisted the temptation to become complacent and instead increased its lead to 26 by the end of the game. Before today’s game, the Mules (4-3, 3-1) had not won by more than six points all season. Even in their losses, the games had been decided by seven points or fewer.

Senior Justin Fields earned a spot in the Muhlenberg starting lineup for the first time this season, and he proved that he deserved the honor. He scored 17 points on 8-for-12 shooting and pulled down six rebounds in 25 minutes of play. A pair of seniors named Chris also had strong showings. Chris Huber scored a game-high 20 points, and Chris Pothering scored seven points.

Senior Brandon Mefford dished out a career-high seven assists and did not commit a turnover. Senior Tom Scott barely missed out on a double-double, with nine points and nine rebounds.

In addition to scoring the most points they’ve had all season, the Mules also played hard on the defensive end. They held the Shoremen to 37.9 percent shooting from the field, including 28.0 percent in the first half. They even held Washington senior Joey Breslin – who leads the Centennial Conference in scoring – to well under his 22.4 scoring average, allowing him only nine points on 4-12 shooting.

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Last updated December 9, 2006