ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Muhlenberg College canned 10-of-12 free throws over the final 1:31 to push past Gettysburg College 61-46 in the Centennial Conference women's basketball opener for both teams on Tuesday night inside Memorial Hall.
One game removed from a career-high 20 points, junior Alyssa Isler (New Hope, Pa./New Hope-Solebury) dropped in 18 points to pace Gettysburg (1-2, 0-1 CC). Junior Caroline Murphy (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) notched her second double-double in three games with 10 points and 13 boards, while freshman Jessica Porter (Narberth, Pa./Lower Merion) put up nine points.
Julie Kelly canned four three-pointers as part of her 14-point performance to lead Muhlenberg (2-1, 1-0 CC). Alita Zabrecky notched a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds to go with six assists and Erin Laney added 10 points and eight boards.
It was a sluggish start for both teams as Murphy's lay-in 17 seconds in would be the only bucket in the game's opening 4:17. Muhlenberg broke into the scoring column on back-to-back possessions just over four minutes in and the Mules would not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game.
Gettysburg would stay within range in the first half with a jumper by Porter setting the score at 15-11 with 7:04 left in the first period. The Mules went on to knock down a pair of three-pointers with Zabrecky's triple at 3:58 giving the team its largest first-half lead at 21-11.
Isler connected on a jumper with just over a minute left in the half to pull Gettysburg to 24-17 at the break.
Muhlenberg's lead would grow to 16 (33-17) following a jumper by Zabrecky four minutes into the final period. The Bullets refused to go away, eventually cutting the margin to eight (49-41) with 1:51 to play following back-to-back scores by sophomore Jenna Swope (Warminster, Pa./Archbishop Wood) and Murphy.
The Mules held off the charge with a strong performance at the charity stripe with Laney knocking down five of the 10 makes.
The Bullets were out-rebounded 54-38. Muhlenberg only shot 30.2 percent (19-of-63) from the field, but the hosts knocked down 9-of-21 three-pointers.
Gettysburg returns home to face No. 17 York (Pa.) College in a non-conference affair on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 1 p.m.