NESCAC Schedule Ahead as Cards Go 10-3 Outside the League with 4 in Double-Digits vs. Fitchburg St.
Wrapping up the non-NESCAC schedule with an 88-64 shellacking of visiting Fitchburg St., Sat., Jan 12, the Cardinals headed into the meat of their schedule with a 10-3 mark. The team opened its Little Three slate (but not its NESCAC contests) Tues., Jan 15 vs. undefeated Amherst in Middletown. Wesleyan used a 13-0 run over a four-minute span to erase a 64-54 deficit and grab a 67-64 lead with 4:03 to play, but Amherst closed out the game with a 12-4 streak to capture a 76-71 decision. Lucy Sprung '08 (#34, photo insert lower right) scored six of her team-high 16 points to trigger the Cardinals' run. Against Fitchburg St., Wesleyan jumped out to a 14-4 lead but the Falcons scored six points to narrow the gap to 14-10 with 12:10 to go in the period. Wesleyan then scored the next 11 points and finished the stanza with a 35-17 run to assume a commanding 49-27 lead at intermission. Sprung had 11 points at the break while Nikki Maletta '08 (#13, main photo) added 10 and had two of the team's five three-pointers as Wesleyan was 5-for-7 from behind the arc. The lead peaked at 26 points in the second period (64-38) and never fell below 18 as the Cardinals coasted in for the win. The 88 points, 79 of which came from the starting five, was the highest output by the squad since picking up a 90-46 victory over Elms on Dec. 2, 2000. Sprung and Meredith Lowe '09 (#20, photo insert upper right) both posted a double-double as Sprung had 17 points and 10 rebounds while Lowe had 18 and 10 (also 15 points against Amherst). Maletta finished with 17 points (she had 11 vs. Amherst) while making three of four three-point tries, and had four assists and three steals. Ali Fourney '09 took team scoring honors with 19 points (she had 15 vs. Amherst) along with five assists and three steals. The Cardinal inaugurate NESCAC play this season on Sat., Jan 19, hosting Conn. College. (all photos courtesy of SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com)