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Women's Basketball: Mules start strong, sink Green Terror

Women's Basketball: Mules start strong, sink Green Terror
McDaniel's Caroline Ward scores against Dickinson in a Centennial Conference women's basketball game (Bill Ryan / For the Carroll County Times)

Muhlenberg jumped out to a 17-2 lead and limited McDaniel to just 11 first-half points in a 63-36 win Saturday afternoon in Allentown, Pa.

Caroline Ward led the Green Terror (11-10, 6-10 Centennial Conference) with 12 points off the bench.

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Ny Thomas led a balanced attack for the Mules (13-6, 9-5) with 13 points.

Carly Hamilton hit a layup 2:07 into the game to start a quick 7-0 burst to start the game. A Liv Storer jumper with 6:51 showing broke up the shutout but Thomas' second 3-pointer in the first 4:02 started another 10-0 run that stretched the lead to 17-2 with 2:08 remaining. Caroline Ward and Hamilton traded jumpers in the final 22 seconds of the quarter to make it a 19-4 game after 10 minutes.

The Mules stretched the lead to 23-4 before an Allyson Shipley jumper and Madeleine Thompson 3-pointer on back-to-back possessions trimmed the deficit to 14. Muhlenberg, however, closed the half on a 12-0 run to stretch the advantage to 37-11 at the break.

A Tara Szawaluk 3-pointer and Madison Kirchofer layup in the first 61 seconds of the third quarter pushed the lead to 31. The lead swelled as large as 34 in the period. Eight straight points from Ward to start the fourth quarter and an Anna Mondoro triple closed the deficit to 54-32. Ashley Polera drained a 3-pointer with 4:11 on the clock to snap a 10-minute, 22-second drought from the floor and push the lead back to 25.

Hannah Ravenscroft was honored as the Green Terror's Aril Bryant Award winner for community service following the game.

McDaniel returns to action Tuesday at Washington College for a 7 p.m. tip.

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