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Thursday, February 5, 2009

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women’s basketball powers past owls;
clinches home court for playoffs

Kaitlyn O’Malley
Junior Kaitlyn O’Malley was one of four Mules with at least four assists. She also scored seven points and blocked a shot.
When public address announcer David Nowack tried to begin pregame announcements before the Muhlenberg women’s basketball contest against Bryn Mawr, the microphone
Kelly McKeon
The 22-0 run included back-to-back steals and layups by sophomore Kelly McKeon, 13 seconds apart. She played only 12 minutes but recorded four assists to go over 200 for her career.
went on the fritz. While that was being attended to, the scoreboard started to malfunction.

The electronics might not have been ready, but the Mules certainly were. They opened the game on a 22-0 run and went on to win, 72-47.

With the win, Muhlenberg (18-3, 14-0) clinched the Centennial Conference regular-season title and hosting rights for the league semifinals and final the weekend of February 28 and March 1. With four games to play, the Mules have a five-game lead over five teams that are all tied at 8-5.

Muhlenberg, ranked 20th in the WBCA Division III poll, also tied the record for best CC start ever. Johns Hopkins started and finished 14-0 in 1997, and McDaniel won its first 14 en route to a 17-1 CC record in 2004.

Coming off an emotional win against rival DeSales and playing against a team they have never lost to, the Mules showed no signs of a letdown. They made eight of their first nine shots and held the Owls (2-18, 0-14) without a field goal for the first 7:57.

Muhlenberg led 39-12 at the half, with freshman Alexandra Chili scoring more points than the entire Bryn Mawr team. She finished the game with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.

Senior Lauren Boyle led the Mules, who shot almost 50 percent, with 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting in only 20 minutes.
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