Women's Basketball Ranked Ninth in Both Polls

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Men’s basketball

Julie Kelly
The Mules are very serious about winning on the court, but they like to have fun off the court. Today in The MuhlBox, junior Julie Kelly (above) writes about the team's recent trip to see a Broadway play. Click here to read.
The Muhlenberg women’s basketball team keeps inching its way toward the top.

For the fourth consecutive time, the Mules moved up a spot in the D3hoops.com national poll, this time to No. 9. They are one spot away from their highest national ranking ever, achieved during the 2001-02 season.

Muhlenberg also is tied for ninth, up from 11th, in the poll released by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

Wis.-Stevens Point dropped out of the top 10 in both polls after losing to Wis.-River Falls. The undefeated Mules trail two-loss Washington University in the D3hoops poll and are tied with the Bears in the WBCA ranking. Washington’s two losses are to No. 7 DePauw and No. 2 Chicago (by three points last weekend).

Muhlenberg is one of 10 undefeated teams remaining in Division III, along with Amherst, Calvin, Chicago, Franklin, George Fox, Mary Washington, Piedmont, Rochester and William Paterson. The team will take its perfect record and new ranking into a crucial stretch of five games in three days, beginning on Thursday with a trip to 9-3 Franklin & Marshall, which recently knocked off a Lebanon Valley team that was ranked in the top 10.

The Mules’ two games after that are at home against the two teams they beat in the Centennial Conference playoffs last year, Gettysburg (Saturday) and Johns Hopkins (Monday). Hopkins is 10-1 and received votes in the WBCA poll for the second week in a row.

Muhlenberg also is in the top 10 in four NCAA statistical categories, through games of last Sunday. The Mules are second in scoring offense (81.7 points per game), third in scoring margin (24.1 points per game) and fourth in turnover margin (10.73 per game). Senior Alexandra Chili is 10th in three-point field-goal percentage (.453).