February 8, 2010

Mules Overcome Diplomats in Final Minute

Box Score

LANCASTER, Pa. – The No. 19 Muhlenberg women’s basketball team went on a 6-0 run with 49 seconds remaining in regulation to seal a 55-61 victory over Franklin and Marshall in Centennial Conference action on Monday evening. The Mules improve to 17-3, 14-2 CC on the year, while the Diplomats fall to 9-12, 5-11 CC.

Tied at 55 apiece with just over 1:30 to go in the second half, Muhlenberg’s Alexandra Chili was fouled on a made jumper, and capitalized on the three-point play, sinking a free throw. Kelly McKeon notched three more free throws to nab the win over the Diplomats for the second time this season.

F&M opened up the game with a 9-2 advantage five minutes into play, as Muhlenberg slowly got its momentum. The Mules took their first lead of the game with nine minutes to play in the half off a layup from Chili and never gave it up, going into the break with a 28-27 edge over the Diplomats.

The lead changed six times in the first three minutes of the second period as the squads’ defenses took charge. F&M forced 10 turnovers in the half, totaling 11 points off of those errors.

The Mules took a five-point lead, the highest of the half, five minutes into play to go up 40-35. The Diplomats chipped away at the deficit, taking its own five-point lead a mere five minutes later. Down two with just over a minute and half to play, Beth Holt hit a fast break layup to die the game. Holt would score F&M’s final points, however, as Muhlenberg took advantage of foul shot opportunities for the win.

Megan Pauley recorded a double-double for the Diplomats, scoring a team-high 15 points along with 10 rebounds. Alexa Barbush added 10 points and three assists, and Amy Chabitnoy grabbed 11 rebounds along with her eight points.

McKeon tallied a game-high 20 points in addition to her 10 rebounds and three steals, while Chili scored 14 points and nabbed three steals. The two combined for 56 percent of the Mules’ points.

F&M returns to action on Wednesday when they travel to Gettysburg for another conference double-header. Tip off is slated for 6:00 p.m.

MUHLENBERG 61, FRANKLIN & MARSHALL 55
MUHLENBERG (17-3, 14-2 CC)
Kelly McKeon 8-15 3-4 20; Alexandra Chili 5-15 3-4 14; Kate Clawson 2-5 2-2 7; Kaitlyn O'Malley 2-6 0-0 6; Alita Zabrecky 1-7 4-4 6; Alexis Bates 2-6 0-0 4; Alexandra Berlin 0-0 2-2 2; Maiza Mock 1-2 0-0 2; Kathleen Naddaff 0-3 0-0 0; Katy Rossino 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-59 14-16 61.

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL (9-12, 5-11 CC)
Megan Pauley 5-13 4-4 15; Alexa Barbush 4-12 2-3 10; Amy Chabitnoy 3-8 2-3 8; Beth Holt 3-9 0-0 7; Emily Johnson 3-3 0-0 6; Alison Menna 1-1 1-2 3; Allison Bauer 0-6 3-8 3; Elizabeth Snyder 0-1 2-2 2; Colleen Bott 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 19-53 15-24 55.

Muhlenberg.................... 28 33 - 61
Franklin & Marshall........... 27 28 - 55

3-point goals--Muhlenberg 5-20 (Kaitlyn O'Malley 2-4; Kelly McKeon 1-2; Kate Clawson 1-3; Alexandra Chili 1-6; Alexis Bates 0-3; Alita Zabrecky 0-2), Franklin & Marshall 2-8 (Megan Pauley 1-2; Beth Holt 1-5; Alexa Barbush 0-1).

Fouled out--Muhlenberg-None, Franklin & Marshall-None.

Rebounds--Muhlenberg 39 (Kelly McKeon 10), Franklin & Marshall 39 (Amy Chabitnoy 11).

Assists--Muhlenberg 7 (Alexandra Chili 3), Franklin & Marshall 11 (Beth Holt 3; Alexa Barbush 3).

Total fouls--Muhlenberg 18, Franklin & Marshall 16.

Technical fouls--Muhlenberg-None, Franklin & Marshall-None.

A-207