What do you know?
Sure enough, the Green Terror cut the gap to five, and even though
Then the Mules opened the second half with a 17-1 blitz, and suddenly you weren’t quite sure what you knew.
Muhlenberg kept its undefeated Centennial Conference record intact with a 77-55 win against its rival, a win that was almost shocking in its thoroughness. The two teams, who have combined to win the CC regular-season and/or tournament title every year since the CC went to one division in 2004, have played six one-point games and four overtime games since 2002, with the first meeting this year falling into both categories.
Although McDaniel has posted some big margins against Muhlenberg, the reverse has been rarer. The Mules won by 18 in Westminster last year, but their last five series wins at home had been by a total of 16 points.
McDaniel (10-8, 8-5) came into the game as one of five teams tied for second place in the CC with four losses. The Mules (16-3, 13-0) can clinch a tie for the regular-season title, as well as tie the CC record for best start ever, by winning their next league game (at home against Bryn Mawr on Thursday).
Muhlenberg shot 50 percent in the first half, with three players combining for all but two of its 38 first-half points. Freshman Alexandra Chili and sophomore Sheila Cook scored 13 apiece in the first 20 minutes, and senior Lauren Boyle added 10.
Three other players got their names in the scoring column in the second-half spurt, which ended with the Mules ahead 55-28 and 15:25 still to play. McDaniel did not get the spread under 20 until the last minute of the game.
Chili finished with 24 points, while Cook added 17 and Boyle totaled 12 points to go along with 5 assists (including the 250th of her career).
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