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1998-99 Winter Sports Update

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For the Week of January 25 to January 31
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
MULES RANK AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS
Through games of Jan. 24, Muhlenberg senior Amanda Waterbury led Division III in free-throw percentage with a mark of 93.1 percent on 54-of-58. She was one of only two players in the country shooting at better than a 90-percent clip. The entire Muhlenberg women's team was fine from the line, ranking second in Division III at 74.8 percent (behind DePauw's 75.7 percent). The Mule women also ranked 22nd nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 52.4 points per game.

Junior Mark Morrison of the Muhlenberg men's team moved up to eighth in Division III in three-point field goal percentage (53.5 percent on 23-of-43).

According to statistics released by the NCAA Division III Wrestling Coaches Association, Muhlenberg freshman Adam Horner was second in the country in takedowns per match through Jan. 24. The 174-pounder averaged 2.47 takedowns (including 10 in one bout) in his 19 matches. Two other freshmen ranked in the top 10: Andy Faust (149 pounds) was sixth in winning percentage (.875) and Bill Holsinger (141 pounds) was 10th in both winning percentage (.864) and reversals per match (0.41).


MUHLENBERG WOMEN, MEN IN FIRST PLACE
The Muhlenberg women's basketball team, in search of its fourth straight Centennial Conference East Division title, has a three-game lead in the loss column. Standings through games of Jan. 30:

EAST         CC    All
MUHLENBERG  7-1   10-7
Washington  5-4   11-6
Ursinus     4-5    7-10
Haverford   3-6    5-12
Swarthmore  2-7    6-10
Bryn Mawr   0-9    1-15
WEST
Western Md. 9-1   14-3
J. Hopkins  8-1   15-4
Gettysburg  5-4    8-8
F & M       4-5   10-9
Dickinson   2-6    5-12
The men, who have won or shared the East crown four of the last five years, are tied for first place with six games remaining, including two with co-leader Ursinus:
EAST         CC    All
MUHLENBERG  5-2   13-5
Ursinus     5-2    9-8
Washington  3-5    9-9
Haverford   2-5    4-13
Swarthmore  0-7    2-15
WEST
F & M       7-0   16-2
Gettysburg  6-1   12-6
J. Hopkins  5-2   14-4
Dickinson   2-5    7-11
Western Md. 1-7    4-15

Tuesday, January 26
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 54, Swarthmore 34. Senior JILL ROTH had 16 points, six rebounds, four assists and a career-high six steals in support of a stifling defensive effort as the Mules defeated Swarthmore for the 13th straight time. In holding the opponent under 40 points for the third time in the last five games, Muhlenberg forced 32 turnovers. In their six conference wins, the Mules are allowing an average of only 40.5 points per game. Roth had half of her points in the first eight minutes of the second half as the Mules went on a 14-2 run to extend a 9-point halftime lead to 21. Senior AMANDA WATERBURY added 11 points and seven rebounds. Click here for box score.
MEN'S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 77, Stevens Tech 74. Junior CHRIS KENNY scored six of his game-high 21 points in the final 17 seconds as the Mules rallied for a dramatic win in their final non-conference game of the season. Stevens led, 73-69, in the waning seconds, when Kenny drilled his third three-pointer of the game. After a Duck free throw made it 74-72, Kenny scored a "conventional" three-point play with 10 seconds left to put Muhlenberg on top. Two free throws by junior MARK MORRISON closed out the scoring. The Mules trailed by 11 points, 62-51, with 8:20 to play. Freshman MARK LESKO dropped in a career-high 20 points, going 12-for-14 from the foul line, and junior MATT SCHNEIDER added 16 points. Though held to six points, senior JIM DOUMATO became the all-time leading rebounder in the Centennial Conference with 761. Click here for box score.

Thursday, January 28
MEN'S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 48, Haverford 46. Junior MATT SCHNEIDER scored on a putback at the buzzer as Muhlenberg moved into a first-place tie in the Centennial Conference East Division. The Mules led by 14 with 11 minutes remaining, but the Fords rallied to tie the score on a three-point field goal with 18 seconds left. Chris Kenny missed a shot with four ticks left, but Schneider, who finished with team highs of 13 points and nine rebounds, grabbed the rebound and beat the clock. Senior JIM DOUMATO and junior KENYAMO McFARLANE scored nine points apeice. The win completed a 4-1 road swing, Muhlenberg's best in 31 years. Click here for box score.
WRESTLING King's 38, Muhlenberg 3. Freshman ANDY FAUST scored a takedown with 29 seconds left in his bout for the Mules' only win. Faust's 4-3 decision extended his winning streak to 14 and set the school record for wins by a freshman (22). Click here for box score.

Saturday, January 30
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 62, Western Maryland 57. Senior SARAH CLARKE scored 21 points and tied a school record with five three-pointers as Muhlenberg toppled 19th-ranked Western Maryland in a battle of Centennial Conference division leaders. The Green Terror, fresh off a defeat of four-time defending West champion Johns Hopkins, had its 13-game CC winning streak snapped. Freshman LINDSAY ST. LAWRENCE scored 11 points in the first half as the Mules opened up a 34-30 lead they never relinquished. She finished a career-high 14 points to go along with six rebounds, four assists and five steals. Senior AMANDA WATERBURY pulled down 10 rebounds, leading 'Berg to a 37-25 edge on the boards. In reaching double digits in wins for the seventh straight season, the Mules held their opponent under 60 points for the ninth consecutive game -- a school record in the shot-clock era. Click here for box score.
MEN'S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 65, Dickinson 56. Playing at home for the first time in two weeks, the Mules pulled away in the second half to clinch their eighth straight winning season. Senior JIM DOUMATO, who also had a season-high 16 rebounds, scored five of his 12 points in a 17-4 run that gave Muhlenberg a 16-point lead with a minute to play. Junior CHRIS KENNY scored a game-high 18 points and tied a career high with six assists. Junior KENYAMO McFARLANE added 10 points. Click here for box score.
WRESTLING Lycoming 37, Muhlenberg 7. Winning for the Mules against the third-ranked Warriors were freshmen BILL HOLSINGER (141) and ANDY FAUST (149). Holsinger scored a major decision for his 20th win of the season, while Faust extended his winning streak to 15 in a row. Wrestling for the last time in Memorial Hall in a dual meet, senior CRAIG FARRIS battled his opponent, ranked fifth in Division III at 157 pounds, to a 1-1 tie before losing on a takedown late in the third period. Click here for box score.
INDOOR TRACK Two Muhlenberg men's teams placed sixth at Dickinson's DuCharme Relays, a non-scoring meet. The sprint medley relay team consisted of sophomore CHRIS CATALANO, junior MATTHEW CAPOGROSSO, junior MATT HAZLETON and freshman WILL ELSON, while junior KURT KUNSCH, Capogrosso, Hazleton and freshman ALEX FICHTEL made up the 4x200-meter team. Click here for highlights.


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Last updated January 30, 1999