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Thursday, December 8, 2005
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Junior Meghan Courtney scored a game-high 21 points, including the go-ahead three-point play with less than five minutes to play, to lead the Muhlenberg women’s basketball team to a 67-60 win against Drew in the final home athletic event of 2005.

Two teams that are off to good starts played a predictably close game, with neither team leading by more than eight points. The Mules (6-1) did
Stephanie Coluccini
Senior Stephanie Coluccini scored a season-high nine points, including the 500th of her career.
not trail until the Rangers (5-3) hit a three-pointer six minutes into the second half to take a 41-40 lead.

For the next nine minutes, neither team led by more than four points. Beginning at the 12-minute mark, the teams had a stretch of 13 straight baskets that either tied the score, untied the score or resulted in a lead change.

Drew hit a three-pointer with 4:55 left to take its final lead, 59-58. It would also be the final field goal for the Rangers, as Muhlenberg reeled off the next nine points. Courtney’s three-point play was followed by baskets from junior Valerie Robuck, freshman Bethany Enterline (assisted by Robuck) and senior Tiffany Kirk.

“Our offense has carried us the last two years, but we’ve been concentrating on our defense this year and it really paid off at the end of the game,” said Kirk, who made three three-pointers and finished with a season-high 11 points. “And on offense, when the pressure is on you have to be able to put the ball in the hoop.”

Drew, playing for the third time in four nights, had been whistled for only two fouls at the end of the 9-0 run and could not get into the bonus quickly enough to extend the game by sending Muhlenberg to the line.

The Rangers, whose only previous losses were to No. 10 Scranton and No. 12 Moravian, kept the Mules on their toes with a patient, Princeton-style offense.

“One of the most challenging parts of the offense is the backdoor cut,” said Kirk. “We really worked on that in practice and they only got by us a few times so I think we were pretty successful.”

Muhlenberg, meanwhile, had success passing into the post on offense, getting 27 of its 33 first-half points from its forwards. When Drew switched to a zone for large stretches of the second half, the Mules executed well on offense. Eleven of their 14 second-half field goals were assisted.

Senior Kristen Piscadlo led the way with seven assists, moving to within one of 300 for her career. Freshman Lauren Boyle had an off-night shooting but assisted on five baskets.

Muhlenberg enjoyed a 44-30 advantage on the boards and allowed only three offensive rebounds. In addition to topping the 20-point mark for the second straight game, Courtney pulled down 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.

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