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1998-99 Winter Sports Update

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For the Week of February 8 to February 14
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
MUHLENBERG WOMEN EAST CHAMPS, MEN IN FIRST
Muhlenberg is the only school to have both its men's and women's teams qualify for the postseason in each of the six years of the Centennial Conference's existence. The Muhlenberg women's basketball team wrapped up its fourth straight CC East Division title, and homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs, by defeating Haverford on Feb. 9. The Mules will host the loser of the Feb. 16 Western Maryland-at-Johns Hopkins contest in the CC semifinals on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Standings through games of Feb. 13:
EAST         CC    All
MUHLENBERG  11-2   14-8
Washington   8-5   14-7
Ursinus      6-7    9-13
Swarthmore   5-8   10-11
Haverford    3-10   5-17
Bryn Mawr    0-13   1-19
WEST
J. Hopkins  11-1   18-4
Western Md. 11-2   17-6
Gettysburg   8-5   12-10
F & M        4-8   10-12
Dickinson    3-9    6-16
The men, who have won or shared the East crown four of the last five years, have a one-game lead over Ursinus with two games to play. The Mules can clinch a tie for the division title and homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs by defeating Swarthmore in their home finale on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Muhlenberg's opponent in the semifinals would be either Johns Hopkins or Gettysburg.
EAST         CC    All
MUHLENBERG   8-3   16-6
Ursinus      7-4   11-11
Washington   6-5   13-9
Haverford    2-9    4-18
Swarthmore   2-9    4-18
WEST
F & M       10-1   19-3
J. Hopkins   8-3   17-5
Gettysburg   8-3   14-8
Dickinson    3-8    8-14
Western Md.  1-10   4-18

WATERBURY REMAINS IN LEAD
Through games of February 7, Muhlenberg senior Amanda Waterbury remained in first place on the list of Division III free-throw percentage leaders. She had a percentage of .915 (on 65-for-71) and was the only player shooting 90 percent or better. As a team, the Muhlenberg women ranked sixth nationally in free-throw accuracy (.727) and 23rd in scoring defense (52.7 points per game).

Tuesday, February 9
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 62, Haverford 49. Senior SARAH CLARKE became the third player in team history to score 1,000 points as the Mules clinched their fourth straight Centennial Conference East Division title. Clarke entered the game needing 13 points and got 11 in the first 6:25, hitting her first three three-point attempts as Muhlenberg sprinted out to a 28-8 lead. She was then scoreless until 6:08 remaining in the game, when she stole the ball at midcourt and drove in for an uncontested layup. Clarke finished with 13 points, seven assists and three steals. Senior JILL ROTH led all scorers with 16 points and needs just 36 more to join the 1,000-point club. Sophomore JESSICA DRENNAN had 13 points and seven rebounds. Click here for box score.

Wednesday, February 10
MEN'S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 96, Franklin & Marshall 90. Senior JIM DOUMATO had 25 points and 17 rebounds as Muhlenberg toppled seventh-ranked Franklin & Marshall in a classic game that featured 10 ties and six lead changes. The Diplomats, who have lost four straight to the Mules, entered the night with a 10-game winning streak and the top ranking in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Behind Doumato's strong inside play, Muhlenberg maintained a small lead for most of the stretch. But he fouled out with 1:11 to go, and the Dips tied the score at 78 on Mark Sadowski's runner with 17 seconds left. Juniors ERIC NOTHSTEIN (15 points) and CHRIS KENNY (18 points) each made a basket in the first minute of overtime, and the Mules didn't allow a field goal for the first 2:50 of the extra session. By that time, it was 89-80. Junior MARK MORRISON sank seven of eight free throws in overtime and finished with 12 points -- all from the line. Junior MATT SCHNEIDER recorded his second double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Muhlenberg has won 15 or more games in three straight seasons for the first time since 1969-71. Click here for box score.

Thursday, February 11
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 82, Bryn Mawr 34. Senior JILL ROTH got more than half of the way she needed to the 1,000-point mark as the Mules breezed to their sixth straight win. Roth, one of three seniors honored on Senior Night for leading Muhlenberg to four straight Centennial Conference East Division titles, scored 19 points in only 18 minutes and needs 17 more to reach 1,000. Another of the seniors, SARAH CLARKE, had six points, a career-high nine rebounds, seven assists and four steals. These freshmen posted career-best numbers: MELISSA LEAHY (nine points, five rebounds), NANCY KEGELMAN (six points, three rebounds) and JENNIFER McKEE (six points, eight rebounds). Sophomore KATE LEDERMAN scored her first career points. The Mules started slowly in this game and led only 16-15 after 10 minutes, then held the Mawrters without a field goal for a 19-minute stretch while outscoring them 41-1. Click here for box score.

Friday, February 12
WRESTLING Messiah 33, Muhlenberg 12. Three freshmen won their bouts at Messiah, a team recently ranked in the national top 25. BRYAN JOHNSON recorded a pin at 125, and TYLER CATHEY (heavyweight) and ANDY FAUST (149) won decisions. It was the fourth straight win for Cathey, and Faust improved his record to 24-4. Click here for box score.

Saturday, February 13
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Dickinson 63, Muhlenberg 58. Dickinson took a 26-24 lead on two free throws just before halftime, then shot 61 percent in the second half to upset the Mules. Senior AMANDA WATERBURY scored a season-high 19 points, while freshman JENNIFER RISLEY added 10 for her first career game in double digits. Senior JILL ROTH scored seven points to move within 10 of the 1000-point plateau. Muhlenberg had its season-best six-game winning streak snapped. Click here for box score.
MEN'S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 78, Haverford 33. The Mules set one Centennial Conference record and tied another in overwhelming Haverford to clinch their eighth straight postseason berth. The 45-point margin of victory tied the CC mark, set by Franklin & Marshall in a 107-62 defeat of Swarthmore in 1994, and the 33 points scored by the Fords were eight fewer than the previous CC low, set by Ursinus in 1994. The win, combined with Washington's 104-100 double-overtime defeat of Ursinus, put Muhlenberg in sole possession of first place in the CC East. The Mules held Haverford to 21.2-percent shooting and had a 47-26 advantage on the boards. Junior CHRIS KENNY scored 15 points and moved into fourth place on the all-time list with 101 career three-pointers. Junior MATT SCHNEIDER scored all 11 of his points in the first half, while freshman MICHAEL BARLETTA and junior SCOTT NIELSEN tied career highs with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Click here for box score.
WRESTLING Muhlenberg 33, Washington & Lee 12; Delaware Valley 37, Muhlenberg 6. Muhlenberg closed out its dual-meet season by splitting a pair of matches at Gettysburg. The win against Washington & Lee gave the Mules their best Centennial Conference record (4-2) in three years. Freshman ANDY FAUST posted a major decision and an overtime win at 149 to raise his record to 26-4. Sophomore DAN OCHOA (165) also was a double winner, with his fifth pin of the season and an overtime decision. Delaware Valley is ranked 10th in Division III. Click here for box scores.
INDOOR TRACK Muhlenberg participated in the Paul Keough Invitational, a non-scoring meet at Haverford that featured 14 teams, including some from Division I and Division II. Senior STEPHANIE KALINER had another good meet, placing third in the long jump, fourth in the triple jumps and 10th in both the 55- and 200-meter dashes. Sophomore KATRINA BECK was fourth in the high jump. For the men, senior JEFF THIEL took seventh in the shot put, and freshman JAMES GOODSTEIN finished eighth in the triple jump. Click here for highlights.


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Last updated February 15, 1999