The Muhlenberg women’s basketball team paid tribute to the many former players who returned to Memorial Hall yesterday by hosting a post-alumnae game reception. And by playing a one-point game against McDaniel.
The thrilling 60-59 win added another chapter to a remarkable rivalry that has included eight one-point games in the last 13 years.
That’s eight one-point games in 30 meetings with the Green Terror. Over the same stretch, the Mules have played a total of six one-point games in 315 meetings with all other opponents.
Here’s a rundown of those nailbiters:
- 2001-02 Western Maryland 83, Muhlenberg 82 (ot)
- 2001-02 Western Maryland 53, Muhlenberg 52 – Centennial Conference semifinal
- 2002-03 Muhlenberg 63, McDaniel 62
- 2005-06 Muhlenberg 65, McDaniel 64
- 2005-06 Muhlenberg 56, McDaniel 55 (ot) – Centennial Conference semifinal
- 2008-09 Muhlenberg 77, McDaniel 76 (ot)
- 2009-10 McDaniel 72, Muhlenberg 71 (ot)
- 2013-14 Muhlenberg 60, McDaniel 59
Not making the list was another overtime game, won by McDaniel by a relatively comfortable margin of three points in 2003-04. In the Mules’ CC championship season of 2005-06, they defeated the Green Terror three times by a total of five points.
Incredibly, yesterday’s game was the fourth of the eight decided on free throws with fewer than 5 seconds remaining. In 2002-03, Muhlenberg’s Lindsay Tis made a pair of winning free throws with 3 seconds to play. In 2008-09, Alexis Bates sank a pair with 2.1 showing as the Mules escaped one of few close calls they had in their undefeated CC season.
McDaniel’s win the following season came on two free throws with 2.5 seconds to play. Yesterday, Erin Laney made the second of two foul shots for the winning point with 0.8 showing on the clock. In the screen cap at left, Laney’s shot goes through the basket as the anxious Mule men’s team looks on.
The two teams had gotten away from their thrilling games the last few years as McDaniel went through a rebuilding phase. Muhlenberg won all six meetings between 2010-11 and 2012-13 by an average of 16 points.
But McDaniel is back near the top of the CC standings, where it resided for most of the last decade. After yesterday’s game, the Green Terror and Mules are tied for third place in the CC with identical 9-4 records. Only three weeks remain in the regular season, and both teams are in good position to make the playoffs. If they do, the current Mules could join their predecessors who played McDaniel in the postseason eight times.
Alumnae returning yesterday included:
(front) Abra Like ’08, Kaitlin Strumph ’09, Kristen Piscadlo ’06, Meg Malatack ’03, Lindsay Tis ’04, Gwen Doyle ’05, Randi Baran ’03, Kathleen Naddaff ’12, Alita Zabrecky ’13, Kelly McKeon ’11
(back) Ron Rohn, Michelle Feldman ’08, Jill Friedman Crossan ’04, Tiffany Kirk ’06, Lacie Smith ’06, Sam Tager ’06, Julie Kelly ’13, Kate Clawson ’13, Lauren Boyle Dexter ’09, Bethany Enterline ’09