basketball players honored
Women’s senior Lauren Boyle and men’s junior Peter Barnes opened the year by being named Scotty Wood Tournament MVPs, and with the season winding down they were honored together once again. Both were named to the Lehigh Valley Small College Team of the Year at the final Lehigh Valley College Basketball Media Organization luncheon of the 2008-09 season.
Boyle ranks in the top 10 in the Centennial Conference in scoring (14.1 points per game), field-goal percentage (.438), free-throw percentage (.824), assists (69) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.41). She is third all-time at Muhlenberg in points (1,409) and field goals (566) and fifth in assists (266) and free throws (239). The two-time first-team All-CC pick recently became the fourth player in league history with 1,400 points and 250 assists.
“Lauren is one of those players who doesn’t care about stats,” said head coach Ron Rohn. “I think if she cared at all about records her numbers would be off the charts. She just cares about winning.”
Boyle has excelled in that area as well, leading the Mules to a four-year record of 86-20 (.811), three CC regular-season titles and two CC tournament championships, with a chance at a third next weekend.
Unlike Boyle, who made an immediate impact at Muhlenberg, Barnes has progressed to become one of the top big men in the CC after scoring a total of 17 points as a rookie.
“Peter’s come a long way since his freshman year,” noted head coach Dave Madeira. “Around the league people say how much he’s improved, and it’s through a lot of hard work on his part. He’s a force at both ends of the floor, and he keeps getting better.”
Barnes leads the Mules in scoring (12.6 points per game), rebounding (9.0 per game), field-goal percentage (.589) and blocked shots (45). He leads the CC with nine double-doubles and ranks 30th in Division III in shooting percentage. Barnes’ 85 career blocked shots tie him for sixth on the program’s all-time list.
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