women’s basketball completes sweep
The Muhlenberg women’s basketball team overcame a sloppy start to score 49 points in the second half and complete a season sweep of Gettysburg with a delightful 69-56 win on a snowy Saturday.
The win, combined with other results, left the Mules (9-2, 6-0) and Washington (8-1, 3-1) as the only two teams with fewer than two losses in the Centennial Conference.
The two teams combined for more turnovers (20) than field goals (15) in the first half, which ended with Muhlenberg clinging to a 20-17 lead. That quickly went away when the Bullets (6-6, 3-2) hit two three-pointers in the first minute of the second half.
Gettysburg’s lead was still three points two minutes later before the Mules finally came alive, going on a 22-4 run to open up a 46-31 advantage with just under nine minutes to play.
Senior Lauren Boyle started the surge with a jumper and ended it with a three-point play. Sophomore Sheila Cook scored eight of her season-high 14 points in the run.
One sequence in the run started with the Mules up 34-31. Freshman Alexandra Chili hit a three-pointer, then grabbed a defensive rebound, dribbled away from pressure and made a great pass to Boyle, who in turn fed junior Alexis Bates under the basket for a layup. The five points in 19 seconds extended a three-point lead to eight.
Chili scored 14 of her team-leading 16 points in the second half, and Boyle finished with 12 points. Sophomore Kelly McKeon played an outstanding game, with 13 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and no turnovers in 39 minutes.
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