November 20, 2018
By: Erica Rose
I am covering my first winter sport tonight when I head to Moravian College for Women’s basketball, so I figured I would take a look at their season outlook, as well as their opponent, DeSales. Anyone who follows college basketball already knows that Moravian, DeSales & (of course) Muhlenberg women are top contenders in their conference nearly every year. In fact, the Greyhounds are looking to make their 18th consecutive post-season appearance this year. The Bulldogs have finished as the runner-up for the past three years in their league. Moravian Head Coach Mary Beth Spirk, who is a fantastic coach, is entering her 32nd year with a career record of 579-275. She has had her team playing in the postseason in 28 of 31 years, and this year she will have a new face beside her in Jasmyne Fox. Fox is from Cincinnati (Ohio) and joins the team as an assistant coach.
The Greyhounds bring back a ton of talent and experience with 10 returning players from last year’s 17-9 squad with three of those being starters. Last season’s team also played in the Landmark Conference Semi-Finals.
As for this season, the Hounds are already 4-0 and won the Kean Classic Title. In just those games, returning starters Maddie Capuano, Karlie Brogan, and Nadine Ewald have already made their marks. Both Brogan and Capuano have had career-high nights in scoring - Brogan with 21 points & Capuano with 33.
Tonight, the Greyhounds will be hosting local rival DeSales in what should be a very exciting match. The Bulldogs are also currently undefeated at 3-0, and just won the tournament they participated in. The Bulldogs, who are picked as the MAC Freedom Pre-Season favorite, have not just been winning – they have been crushing their opponents. Last year’s conference runner-up returns 4 starters. Head coach, Fred Richter, is also a tremendous coach. Richter enters his 29th season with a career mark of 531-237, and Desales all-time winningest coach.
Senior Leandra Sterner already reached a career 1,000 points this year. As a team, the Bulldogs tied a school record of most points scored in a game with 111. They also broke the record for largest margin of victory winning by 88 points.