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1998-99 Winter Sports Update

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For the Week of February 1 to February 7
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News and notes about Muhlenberg athletics
CLARKE NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK
For the fourth time in her career, Muhlenberg senior Sarah Clarke has been named player of the week by the Centennial Conference.Sarah ClarkeClarke was honored after tying a school record with five three-pointers and scoring 21 points in the Mules' 62-57 at Western Maryland. She also committed no turnovers in 36 minutes of action against the Green Terror, which had won 13 consecutive CC regular-season games. Clarke averages a team-best 12.2 points per game and needs just 43 points to become the third 1,000-point scorer in school history.


MUHLENBERG WOMEN, MEN IN FIRST PLACE
The Muhlenberg women's basketball team, in search of its fourth straight Centennial Conference East Division title, reduced its magic number to one by defeating Washington on Feb. 6. The Mules need to win one of their five remaining games to clinch the championship and homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs. Standings through games of Feb. 6:

EAST         CC    All
MUHLENBERG   9-1   12-7
Washington   6-5   12-7
Ursinus      5-6    8-11
Swarthmore   4-7    8-10
Haverford    3-8    5-14
Bryn Mawr    0-11   1-17
WEST
Western Md. 10-1   16-4
J. Hopkins   9-1   16-4
Gettysburg   6-4   10-9
F & M        4-7   10-11
Dickinson    2-7    5-14
The men, who have won or shared the East crown four of the last five years, are tied with Ursinus with four games to play:
EAST         CC    All
MUHLENBERG   6-3   14-6
Ursinus      6-3   10-10
Washington   4-5   11-9
Haverford    2-7    4-16
Swarthmore   1-8    3-16
WEST
F & M        9-0   18-2
J. Hopkins   7-2   16-4
Gettysburg   7-2   13-7
Dickinson    2-7    7-13
Western Md.  1-8    4-16

WATERBURY REMAINS IN LEAD
Through games of January 31, Muhlenberg senior Amanda Waterbury remained in first place on the list of Division III free-throw percentage leaders. She had a percentage of .934 (on 57-for-61) and was the only player shooting better than 90 percent. Waterbury's percentage went down slightly (to .925) when she missed a free throw against Ursinus, ending a streak of 17 in a row. As a team, the Muhlenberg women ranked third nationally in free-throw accuracy (.740) and 17th in scoring defense (51.6 points per game).

Tuesday, February 2
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 76, Ursinus 65. Sophomore JESSICA DRENNAN had a season-high 16 points and eight rebounds as the Mules solidified their hold on first place. Muhlenberg held Ursinus without a field goal for the first six minutes and had a 26-13 lead late in the first half. The Bears closed to within nine at halftime but the Mules maintained a double-digit lead the entire second half. Muhlenberg's three seniors all scored in double figures: AMANDA WATERBURY had 13 points and seven rebounds; SARAH CLARKE 12 points, seven assists and four steals; and JILL ROTH 12 points. Clarke moved to within 31 points of the 1,000-point plateau. Click here for box score.
MEN'S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 93, Ursinus 54. Senior JIM DOUMATO was the biggest -- literally and figuratively -- of many heroes as Muhlenberg took over sole possession of first place in convincing fashion. The Mules led 23-8 after 10 minutes, 37-12 after 15 minutes and rolled to their biggest margin of victory ever in a Centennial Conference game. Doumato had 17 points and tied career highs with 17 rebounds and four assists. The 17th point, on a free throw with 3:25 remaining, made the 6-7 center the 29th 1,000-point scorer in team history. Junior MATT SCHNEIDER scored a season-high 21 points, junior CHRIS KENNY had 13 points and five assists, and a pair of freshmen -- MARK LESKO and JOHN-PAUL PAWLOWSKI -- came off the bench to score 10 points apiece. Pawlowski entered the game with a career total of three points, but drilled three three-pointers in the first half. Click here for box score.

Wednesday, February 3
WRESTLING Ursinus 25, Muhlenberg 13. Two close losses in 5-3 decisions spelled the difference as the Mules dropped their third straight. Freshmen TYLER CATHEY (heavyweight) and BILL HOLSINGER (141) and sophomore DAN OCHOA (165) racked up wins for the Mules. Holsinger, 21-3 on the season, has won his last two bouts on major decisions by scores of 9-0 and 13-0. Freshman ANDY FAUST (149) had his 15-bout winning streak snapped. Click here for box score.

Saturday, February 6
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Muhlenberg 63, Washington 59. The Mules took a giant step toward their fourth straight Centennial Conference East Division title by defeating second-place Washington. Muhlenberg has a four-game lead in the loss column and needs to win just one of its final five games to clinch the title and homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs. This game featured 10 ties and six lead changes before the Mules pulled away by outscoring the Shorewomen 22-14 over a 12-minute span of the second half. Senior JILL ROTH and freshmen JENNIFER RISLEY and AMANDA SPENGLER combined to score all but two of the 22. Roth finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while senior SARAH CLARKE scored 18 to increase her career total to 987. Click here for box score.
MEN'S BASKETBALL Washington 76, Muhlenberg 67. Washington outscored Muhlenberg 39-26 in the second half to make the Centennial Conference East race a little tighter. The top three teams are now separated by just two games. The Mules shot 54 percent from the field, but committed 15 more turnovers than the Shoremen. Juniors MATT SCHNEIDER and CHRIS KENNY scored 16 and 14 points, respectively. Freshman MARK LESKO added nine and tied a career high with eight rebounds. Click here for box score.
WRESTLING Hunter 40, Muhlenberg 6; York 41, Muhlenberg 18. A depleted Mule team dropped a pair of matches in New York City. Freshmen TYLER CATHEY and BRYAN JOHNSON were double winners, Cathey scoring a decision and a pin at heavyweight. Click here for box scores.
INDOOR TRACK at Swarthmore Challenge. The men were third out of four teams and the women fourth out of five at the Swarthmore Challenge. Senior STEPHANIE KALINER placed in three events, taking third in the 55 meters and fourth in the long and triple jumps. On the men's side, junior MATT HAZELTON came in a close second in the 200 meters. Click here for highlights.


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Last updated February 6, 1999