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Monday, November 19, 2001
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A weekly look at what’s going on in the Centennial Conference:


In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Western Maryland led Washington & Jefferson, 21-17, with 7:48 to play, but the undefeated Presidents scored a late touchdown for a 24-21 win.

Women’s Basketball

Like Muhlenberg, Franklin & Marshall and Johns Hopkins won their tipoff tournaments. The Diplomats defeated Waynesburg and Lycoming behind MVP Amy Abernathy, who averaged 22 points and 17 rebounds. For the Blue Jays, newcomer Kathy Darling took MVP honors after scoring 41 points in wins against Washington & Jefferson and Chowan ... Freshman Kelly Cramp was the MVP as Western Maryland won Lebanon Valley’s tournament ... Bryn Mawr recorded its first win in 21 months, defeating Hilbert in the Haverford/Bryn Mawr Tipoff Tournament. Both host schools went 1-1 ... At Messiah’s tournament, Ursinus played the top-ranked hosts tough in the first round before losing, 70-61. The Bears rebounded to defeat Pitt-Greensburg ... Dickinson also lost to a 2001 national semifinalist, Emmanuel, then beat New Paltz State ... Swarthmore lost to Plymouth State in the championship game of its tournament. Juniata, Muhlenberg’s opponent tomorrow, went 0-2 in the tourney ... Washington finished third in its tournament, and Gettysburg placed fourth at the eight-team Marymount Classic.

Men’s Basketball

Three CC teams started the season 2-0: defending champion Gettysburg, nationally ranked Franklin & Marshall, and Swarthmore. The Bullets captured their tournament with an overtime win against Lebanon Valley; Terence Callahan was the MVP. The Diplomats got an MVP performance from Steve Juskin in toppling Springfield and Salem State. The Garnet opened up 2-0 for the first time in five years by defeating Tufts and Washington & Lee in the Equinox Classic. Haverford lost to the same two teams ... In the Blue Jay Invitational, host Johns Hopkins and Washington both went 1-1, defeating Case Western Reserve but losing to Greensboro ... Dickinson lost to Muskingum in the championship game of its tournament ... Ursinus started out 0-2 at Susquehanna’s tournament ... Western Maryland snapped an 11-game losing streak with a win against Maryland Bible in its season opener ... Arcadia, the Mules’ opponent on Tuesday, opened up at Elizabethtown, losing to the hosts in the first round before defeating Eastern Mennonite in overtime in the consolation game.

Sophomore center Susan Marchiano of the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team has been named co-player of the week by the Centennial Conference.

Susan Marchiano Marchiano was honored after leading the Mules to the championship of the Scotty Wood Tournament. She averaged 21.0 points and 10.5 rebounds while shooting 67.9 percent from the field in two games to earn MVP honors.

Marchiano recorded her first career double-double with 16 points and 12 boards in a 60-48 win over 25th-ranked Springfield in the championship game. She also added three blocks and three steals in the game to go along with 26 points on 13-of-15 shooting in the opening game against Widener.

Also honored as player of the week was another sophomore center, Amy Abernathy of Franklin & Marshall. The two will go head-to-head next Saturday.

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Last updated November 19, 2001