Women's Basketball 2012-13 Season Review


Alita Zabrecky
Zabrecky had six double-doubles and scored at least 20 points six times, with a high of 24 in an 82-52 win against Dickinson. Her selection gave the Mules a first-team All-CC player for the eighth consecutive season a streak unprecedented in CC history.
Although the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team may have encountered its usual rough patch in January (going 4-5 this year and 14-14 in the past three seasons), the typically resilient Mules bounced back and qualified for their eighth straight Centennial Conference tournament.

Muhlenberg (17-9, 14-6) closed the regular season with six straight conference wins, beginning with a dramatic 71-64 overtime victory at Franklin & Marshall in which the Diplomats banked in a three to tie things up at the end of regulation.

The Mules’ season, and six-game winning streak, came to a close in the CC semifinals with a 62-56 loss in a tight game that turned when a Swarthmore pass that was headed out of bounds hit a referee and stayed in, leading to a Garnet basket.

Kate Clawson
Clawson posted a career-high 23 points, including a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe, in an important 68-59 victory over Haverford that kept the Mules in sole possession of third place in the conference standings. She finished her career with 606 points.
Senior co-captain Alita Zabrecky, a first-team All-CC selection, provided a little bit of everything during the season, leading the team in points (14.5 per game), rebounds (7.4 per game) and steals (58) and finishing second in three-pointers (27) and third in assists (64).

She scored her 1,000th career point in a 93-41 rout of Misericordia and ended her career as Muhlenbergs sixth-leading scorer with 1,234 points, just three shy of fifth place. She also ranked in the top 10 on the career lists in six other categories – field goals (fifth with 450), three-point field goals (seventh with 86), free throws (eighth with 247), rebounds (eighth with 655), assists (ninth with 221) and steals (seventh with 191).

Classmate Kate Clawson, who moved into the starting rotation for the second half of the season, received All-CC honorable mention. She finished the year averaging 9.2 points per game and 4.5 rebounds. She was a huge part of the Mules end-of-the-season winning streak, averaging 15.7 points over the course of those six games.

Clawson led the team with 31 three-pointers and led the conference with a .477 clip from long-range. She missed just five free throws all year, finishing 51-of-56 from the line.

Sophomore Nicole Pepe also moved into the starting rotation in the final weeks of the season when senior Julie Kelly was sidelined with an injury. Pepe scored in double figures in five of the last seven games, notching her first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in a 67-47 road win at McDaniel.

Julie Kelly
Kelly scored nine points in a 49-43 win at Johns Hopkins in a rematch of the previous two CC championship games. She finished the season with 102 points in 19 games after scoring 146 in 63 in her first three years.
Despite battling a midseason injury, Kelly had the best season of her career, averaging 5.4 points per game and finishing fourth on the team with 23 three-pointers. Her best game was a 14-point effort in a 61-46 victory over eventual CC champion Gettysburg.

Juniors Erin Laney and Leeann Lanza averaged 6.5 and 6.2 points per game, respectively, as well as 5.2 and 4.7 rebounds per game. Lanza also averaged 1.3 blocks per game, moving into fourth on Muhlenberg’s all-time list with 87 for her career.

The point guard tandem of sophomore Hannah Rush and junior Colleen Caldwell, who never played together, combined to average 6.73 assists per game, which would have ranked fourth in Division III coming from one person. Rush led the conference with 103 assists and was fifth in the country with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.34.

Down low, sophomore transfer Leanna Tallamy played in every game but three and notched a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds at Misericordia. Junior Katy Mitton averaged 2.8 points in 23 games and was fourth on the team with 12 blocked shots. Freshman Christina Santone, who made 13 appearances on the season, set a school record with seven blocks against in a 100-34 defeat of Bryn Mawr.

Sophomores Abby Stenger, Emily Lesher and Laura Gregory and freshman Jordan Labbe all contributed to the team’s depth, playing in at least half the games. Stenger was fifth on the team with 11 threes, Lesher scored in double figures twice, and Gregory was 9-for-13 from the field. Labbe saw spot minutes as the third point guard.

The Mules led the CC in scoring, averaging 65.3 points per game, and ranked 34th in Division III in field-goal percentage defense (.325). They outscored their opponents by at least 9.9 points per game for the fifth consecutive season.