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Women’s Basketball Ranked Fifth in First Regional Poll

In the first poll of the season, the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Committee ranked the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team fifth in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Three of the top six Mid-Atlantic teams are members of the Centennial Conference.

These rankings take precedent over those of the top-25 national polls and are used as guidelines for NCAA Tournament selection and seeding. For the purposes of these rankings, only games against regional opponents are taken into account.

NCAA Mid-Atlantic Rankings
Team Region Overall
1 Messiah 20-0 20-1
2 Scranton 17-2 19-2
3 Gwynedd-Mercy 18-2 18-2
4 McDaniel 18-2 18-2
5 MUHLENBERG 17-3 18-3
6 Dickinson 16-4 17-4
Sophomore Lauren Boyle of the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team earned ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District II College Division honors, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America. She is a third-team selection.

Boyle excels as a mathematics major and as a basketball player at Muhlenberg. She is the Mules’ second leading scorer this season,
Lauren Boyle
Earlier this season, Boyle was named to the Lehigh Valley Small College Basketball Team of the Month for the first month of the 2006-07 season.
averaging 15.0 points per game, and she ranks second on the team in assists (51) and steals (23). Her .774 free-throw percentage is tops on the team and also lands her fourth on the list of Centennial Conference leaders in that category. Her scoring average is good enough for fourth in the conference, as well, and she ranks 12th in assists and 13th in field goal percentage (.411).

Boyle has played a key role in Muhlenberg’s current six-game winning streak. In the Mules’ victory over local rival Moravian, she contributed a career-high 29 points, five rebounds and two steals.

District II College Division consists of all NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA colleges and universities in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. To be nominated for the team, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average and a starter or significant reserve on her team.

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Last updated February 8, 2007