January 31, 2009

Muhlenberg remains perfect in CC play, complete season sweep of McDaniel

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Alexandra Chili recorded a game-high 24 points to lead No. 22 Muhlenberg to a 77-55 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) women’s basketball action on Saturday.

            The Mules (16-3, 13-0 CC), who also got 17 points from Sheila Cook and 12 points from Lauren Boyle, remained perfect in conference play and moved within a game of clinching at least a share of the regular-season title.
            Ali Moreland (Davidsonville, Md./South River) led the Green Terror (10-8, 8-5 CC) with 14 points and six rebounds.
            Behind back-to-back jumpers from Boyle, Muhlenberg opened up a 4-0 lead in the game’s first 1:29.
            A Sally Grace (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales Academy) 3-pointer in the left corner with 17:13 remaining in the first half knotted the game at 7-all but the Mules responded with a 16-6 run over the next five-and-a-half minutes to take a double-digit advantage for the first time.
            Chili connected on 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to key the burst.
            McDaniel closed to within five twice, including 30-25 with 3:14 on the clock but Muhlenberg netted the game’s next eight points to stretch the lead to its largest point at 38-25.
            Morelandhit an 18-footer in the final 13 seconds to make it a 38-27 game at the intermission.
            Out of the break, the Mules tallied 17 of the half’s first 18 points to swell the lead to 27 just 4:34 into the stanza.
            A Kelly McKeon 3-pointer pushed the lead to as many as 29 at 60-31 with 13:21 to play.
            Cook and McKeon added eight rebounds apiece for Muhlenberg.
            Since the CC went to one division in 2003-04, it marks the third time the Mules have swept the Green Terror, also accomplishing the feat in 2005-06 and 2007-08 – both championship seasons for the Muhlenberg.
            McDaniel also got six points and six rebounds from Ashley Lyles (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti). Kim Staub (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) and Catherine Mills (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) added six points apiece.
            For the Green Terror, the 22 points was the largest margin of defeat since an 82-58 loss in the 2003 CC championship game at Johns Hopkins. The margin was also the Mules’ largest in the series since an 85-62 win on Feb. 1, 1997.
            McDaniel returns to action at Franklin & Marshall on Tuesday. Game time is 7 p.m.

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