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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

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women’s basketball seniors make history

In Washington, millions of people watched a historic Presidential inauguration and looked forward to the next four years. A little farther north on the Main Line, a considerably smaller gathering witnessed history of a different sort – history that was made over the last four years.

The Muhlenberg women’s basketball team rallied late to defeat Haverford, 56-49.
Alexandra Chili
Chili’s four three-pointers gave her 49 for the season – 20 more than anyone else in the CC.
That made this year’s seniors - Lauren Boyle, Bethany Enterline, Erin McSherry and Kaitlin Strumph - the winningest class in program history. With a four-year record of 78-19, the quartet topped last year’s seniors, and with at least 11 games left to play, they have a chance to put some distance between first and second place.

“It means a lot to us,” said McSherry. “We’ve all been together since the start and to have accomplished so much is very exciting.

“We wouldn’t have this record if it wasn’t for all the teammates we’ve played with, so it’s a tribute to them too,” she added.

With their fifth straight win, the Mules (12-2, 9-0) matched their best Centennial Conference start ever and extended their lead at the halfway point of the CC season to three games, thanks to Dickinson’s loss to McDaniel.

Muhlenberg’s seniors own eight of their wins against the Fords (2-10, 1-7), and like most of them this one was hard to come by. The teams seesawed back-and-forth all game, with 15 lead changes and eight ties, until the Mules said “Yes we can!” in the late going.

Down 40-39 with 8:30 left to play, Muhlenberg went on a 13-2 run to open up the biggest lead of the game, a 10-point bulge with a minute left. Freshman Alexandra Chili scored seven of her game-high 20 points in the run, including a pair of three-pointers.

Boyle scored 10 of her 16 points in the second half. McSherry blocked three shots and pulled down seven rebounds.
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