Though Wesleyan women's basketball did not win more games than it lost during the 1998-99 season, posting a final record of 9-14, the Cardinals showed that they were the equal of most teams on their schedule, including many that qualified for post-season competition. Despite the losing mark, Wesleyan outscored (1468-1454) and outrebounded (990-927) its opponents for the year. Wesleyan battled to the wire with ECAC qualifiers Wellesley and Trinity and came within a whisker of knocking off NCAA tournament participant Bowdoin. Wesleyan produced a 4-6 record in its 10 NESCAC games, and each of the six losses came against a team that finished with a winning record. Wesleyan also defeated a 13-11 Colby team in overtime when Lynn St. Martin `00 put in a three-pointer at the buzzer.
St. Martin was the Cardinals' most consistent performer throughout the 1998-99 season, gaining numerous honors over the course of the year. Named both ECAC and New England Women's Basketball Association player of the week several times, St. Martin led Wesleyan in most every statistic and was named second-team all-NESCAC and third-team all-NEWBA. She averaged 17.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 4.0 steals, and 1.0 blocks a game while also leading the team in three-pointers (22-for-78). She was the highest scoring player in the NESCAC, which sent five of its 11 teams to post-season play, led by top-seeded NCAA Division III Northeast regional choice Williams College. Over the final 11 games, St. Martin led the team in scoring each time with a minimum of 16 points and averaged 21 points a game over the stretch.
Three other players started every game they played -- Julie Bennett `00, Lindsay Gaskins `99 and Jill Pelletier `99. Gaskins and Pelletier, the team's co-captains, both were named academic all-NESCAC. Julie Ames `01 was the youngest member of the starting lineup as three other sophomores and five frosh all were part of the 14-player squad.
In addition to the thrilling overtime win against Colby, triumphs over Tufts in overtime and a 22-point dismantling of a well-regarded Rhode Island College team were feathers in the Cardinals' caps. In those two games, St. Martin scored 32 and 30 points, respectively, the former representing a career-high.