Mules Break Away From Shorewomen, 56-39

Mules Break Away From Shorewomen, 56-39

Quattro Scores Nine Points and Hauls Down Eight Boards

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Host Muhlenberg used a 9-0 run early in the fourth quarter to turn a 39-34 lead into a 48-34 advantage on its way to a 56-39 win against visiting Washington College on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Hall in Centennial Conference women's basketball action.  The Mules are now 3-7 overall and 1-4 in the Centennial, while the Shorewomen fall to 6-5 and 3-3 respectively.

Muhlenberg 56 Washington College 39

How It Happened
- Muhlenberg raced out to a 9-2 lead with 6:39 left in the first quarter following two free throws by Sara Peretti.  However, Washington was able to trim the lead to 11-7 after one quarter. 
- Bridget McLaughlin gave the Shorewomen their first lead of the game at 12-11 on a jumper 1:01 into the second quarter.  The basket capped a 10-2 run by Washington spanning the first and second quarters.
- The Mules answered with a 7-0 run of their own to take an 18-12 lead with 4:03 remaining in the second on a free throw by Tori Dowd.  The Shorewomen would outscore the Mules though 7-2 the rest of the second to cut the lead to 20-19 at halftime.  Andrea Prestianne canned two free throws with 1:41 to go to cap the scoring.
- Cassidy Quattro would give WC a 21-20 lead 38 ticks into the third quarter on a jumper before Peretti answered with a layup to give the Mules a 22-21 lead with 8:39 remaining.  The layup, which put the hosts ahead for good, ignited a 10-4 run to put Muhlenberg ahead 30-25 with 4:26 to go in the third on a Dowd lay-in.
- Leading 33-30, Muhlenberg scored six of the last eight points in the third to take a 39-32 lead after three.
- After Emilee Cramer scored a layup for the Shorewomen to trim the lead to 39-34 nine seconds into the fourth quarter, the Mules scored nine unanswered points to take a 48-34 advantage with 7:31 to go on a two Emilie Benton free throws.  Benton began the run with a three-pointer just nine ticks after Cramer's score.  The closest WC would get the rest of the way was 10 points at 48-38 following a Taylor Samuels basket with 5:55 left.

For The Shorewomen (6-5, 3-3 CC)
- Quattro (nine points and eight rebounds to lead team to go along with two blocks), Caitlyn Clark (eight points), Bridget McLaughlin and Crystal Jones (two blocks and two assists)
- Washington shot 26% from the field (15-for-58), 22% from three-point range (2-for-9) and 78% from the foul line (7-for-9) 
- Washington had 15 turnovers in the contest.
- The Shorewomen held a 15-14 advantage in bench points and 10-8 in second-chance points. 

For Muhlenberg (3-7, 1-4 CC)
- Peretti (game-highs of 12 points and nine rebounds), Emily O'Mahoney (nine points), Ashley Polera (contest-best five assists), Kassidy Stout (game-best four steals)
- Muhlenberg shot 34% from the field (19-for-56), 25% from behind the arc (4-for-16) and 74% from foul line (14-for-19). 
- Muhlenberg outrebounded Washington 41-39 and outscored the guests in points off turnovers (16-6) and points in the paint (16-14).
- The Mules had just 11 turnovers in the win.

Notes
- The Shorewomen won the first meeting on November 16 at home, 50-46.

Up Next
1/7 v. Swarthmore – 12:30 p.m. (Centennial Conference game)