2006-07 Women's Basketball Has Capable Returnees But Lost a Lot to Graduation

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After two straight trips to the NCAA Division III tournament, including a Sweet-16 appearance in 2004-05, the Cardinals must fill in some holes in the absence of three graduated seniors who left with a collective four-year record of 81-21. Gone are three-time first-team all NESCAC forward Hannah Stubbs '06, who finished second in career scoring at Wesleyan with 1,395 points. Also graduated is 1,000-point scorer Ashley Mastrangelo '06 and potent swing player Meghan Robinson '06. These three players take with them more than half the team's scoring a year ago and almost half the rebounds. Still, the squad has two starting guards back in point Nikki Maletta '08, who averaged 5.4 points while dishing out 65 assists and making 41 steals in 2005-06 ; and shooting guard Sarah Milburn '07, who led the team with 78 assists and had 42 steals. Two forwards who came off the bench to play in every game a year ago and will move into starting spots this season are team captain Kelly Bowman '07 (#24, right in photo) and Ali Fourney '09 (#13, left in photo). Fourney averaged almost 24 minutes a game last year as was named NESCAC Rookie of the Year after hitting a team-high 35 three-pointers while averaging 11.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and leading the team in both blocks (24) and steals (58). Also expected to move into a starting role at power forward is Meredith Lowe '09, who played well in 23 games as a first-year, averaging 11 minutes a game. The team is hopeful that Lucy Sprung '08, another solid forward who was injured early last season, will be healthy enough to give it a go in 2006-07. Returners Stephanie Savas '08, Ginny Hermann '07 and Shannah Lively '09 will be counted upon for greater support this season while top newcomers include Kiah McAndrew '10 at guard and Emilie Knight '10 at forward. The season gets underway Sat., Nov. 18 with a tough test against St. Benedict (MN), a perennial national power, in the opening round of the Emmanual College Tip-Off Tournament. Action continues on Sun., Nov. 19 with the consolation and championship games. Emmanuel takes on Salve Regina in the other first-round game.