Pledger Tallies Her Sixth Double-Double This Season
ALLENTOWN, PA – Alexandra Chili scored a game-best 25 points and topped all players with five assists as host Muhlenberg downed visiting Washington College, 87-55, on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Hall in Centennial Conference women's basketball action. The Mules improve to 12-4 overall and 8-3 in conference play, while the Shorewomen drop to 6-10 and 4-7 respectively.
Washington took a quick 4-2 lead 1:18 into the game before Muhlenberg countered with a 14-3 run to take a 16-7 lead with 12:36 left in the first half on a Kate Clawson three-pointer. The Shorewomen scored the next eight points to cut the Mules' lead to 16-15 with 10:40 to go in the first half on a trifecta by junior guard/forward Sally O'Donnell (Cape May Court House, NJ/Wildwood Catholic). Muhlenberg would answer with a 16-4 spurt to grab a 32-19 lead with 4:58 remaining in the opening 20 minutes on a jumper by Alita Zabrecky. The Mules took a 39-26 lead into halftime.
In the second half, Muhlenberg scored the first six points and 15 of the first 19 points of the half to take a 54-30 lead with 13:56 left in the game on a Colleen Caldwell free throw. The Mules' lead the rest of the contest ranged between 21 and 32 points.
Kelly McKeon scored 10 points, grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and recorded a game-topping four steals for the host Mules, while Zabrecky also added 10 points. The Mules shot 42% from the floor and 71% from the foul line. Muhlenberg turned the ball over just five times while forcing 24 Washington turnovers and had a 31-2 edge in points off turnovers.
Freshman forward Latisha Pledger (Chesapeake, VA/Indian River) recorded her sixth double-double of the season with a team-best 13 points and game-high 14 rebounds for the Shorewomen. She has recorded double-figures in rebounds in four of her last five games and eight for the season. The 14 boards also ties her career-high. The Shorewomen shot just 25% from the floor and 64% from the charity stripe. Washington did have a 16-10 edge in second-chance points in the contest and held a slim 50-48 edge on the boards.
Washington returns to action on Wednesday night with a 6:00 p.m. Centennial Conference home game against Ursinus.