Lucy Sprung '08 on a Roll with Three Straight Double-Doubles as Cards Defeat Polar Bears and Mules

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Heading to Maine for a NESCAC weekend, Wesleyan returned with a 73-59 victory at Colby Fri., Jan 25 and a 62-49 triumph at Bowdoin Sat., Jan. 26. The team is now 3-0 in NESCAC play this year. The win over Bowdoin ended a 13-game losing skid to the Polar Bears and was only the fourth ever for the Cardinals in 26 meetings. Lucy Sprung '08 (#34, photo) had 14 points and 11 boards for her third consecutive double-double and seventh of the year. She was honored by the NECAC as its Player of the Week. Nikki Maletta '08 nailed a pair of free throws with 15:16 left in the first half to put the Cards ahead for good, 8-6. It was 31-25 at intermission and Wesleyan maintained a comfortable margin most of the second period. Maletta led all scorers with 15 while Ali Fourney '09 added 12 and Allie Southam '11 contributed 10 off the bench. The loss was only the third by Bowdoin on its home court since 2001. At Colby the night before, all five Wesleyan starters scored in double figures lead by Fourney with 19 while Meredith Lowe '09 added 18. Sprung picked up the double-double with 12 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Both Maletta and Stephanie Savas '08 tossed in 10 points. Wesleyan bolted out to a 17-3 lead in the opening seven minutes and assumed a 19-point bulge before settling for a 31-19 margin at intermission. The lead stayed at 10 or more the entire second half, again cresting at 19 points (57-38). Starting the week at Williams, Sprung scored the first six points of the game en route to a 20-point first half as she gathered 32 points and 15 rebounds during a tough 73-68 Little Three loss Tues., Jan. 22. The Cardinals never trailed in the first half and led by as many as 10, 20-10, before settling for a 34-30 lead at intermission. Williams took its first lead with 16:36 to go and rolled up to its own 10-point advantage, holding a 63-53 margin with 5:12 to go. The Cardinals edged back into the game and made it a one-possession contest at 71-68 with :11 left but a pair of free throws made it a 73-68 final for the Ephs. Sprung was not only prolific but accurate as she sank 14 of her 22 field-goal tries and was 4-for-4 from the line on the evening. The 32 points by Sprung were the most by a Wesleyan women's basketball player since Shaleen Bowman connected for the same amount in a win over Hunter on Nov. 17, 2001. Wesleyan will be at home for a NESCAC weekend with Bates (Fri., Feb. 1) and Tufts (Sat., Feb. 2) coming to Middletown.