ALLENTOWN, Pa. — DeSales hung tough but fell short in the end, dropping a 66-60 decision to No. 19 Muhlenberg in a non-conference game on Monday evening.
Alita Zabrecky had a team-high 16 points for the Mules and pulled down eight rebounds. Leeann Lanza finished with a double-double line of 14 points and 12 rebounds. Erin Laney brought a boost off the bench with nine points and seven boards.
The Bulldogs (3-3) were led by senior Cherelle Simmons who notched her 16th career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds and sophomore Sondrine Glovas with 15 points. Sophomore Faith Gilbert totaled nine points and sophomore Alexiah Grant had a career-high eight points to lead the charge off the bench.
A tight first half saw three ties and six lead changes as DeSales took control early, opening up leads of 11-5 and 17-9 before Muhlenberg rallied to take a 20-19 lead with 7:05 left to play. It was a tie game at 25 with 2:41 left when the Mules used a 7-2 half-ending run to secure a five-point halftime lead.
The second half saw DeSales quickly erase the deficit using a 7-0 run after Muhlenberg scored the first basket of the half to tie the game at 34, thanks in part to five points from Glovas during the spurt. The Mules answered with six consecutive points as DeSales chipped away, getting within two on several occasions over the next few minutes.
Still a two-point game, 44-42 with 14:08 left, Muhlenberg used an 8-1 run to take its largest lead to that point, 52-43 with 11:49 left. DSU continued to chip away but could not put a dent in the deficit as MC continued to hold a nine-point edge with 5:59 left on the clock.
The Bulldogs then went cold missing their next six shots, despite shooting very well overall in the second half (48.1 percent). Muhlenberg used the drought to open up a 65-50 lead with 1:39 to go. DeSales did not quit, ending the game on a 10-1 run to pull within six but ran out of time as the Mules cashed in on a win.
A tie game on the glass in the first half (23 each) was one-sided in the second half as Muhlenberg out-rebounded DeSales 28-12 in the second-half and scored 11 second-chance points.