Ali Fourney '09 Becomes Second Wesleyan Junior to Reach 1000 Points as Cards Top Bantams

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Capping a 9-0 Wesleyan run that put the game away at Trinity Fri., Feb. 8 with her only three-pointer of the contest, Ali Fourney '09 (#11, photo courtesy of SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com) became only the second Wesleyan women to score 1000 points as a junior. The first was Hannah Stubbs '06 who did it in the last game of her junior year and 76th contest overall. This was the 71st contest for Fourney, who is now the 11th Cardinal woman in total to reach 1000 points. Angie Palmer, who ranks first all-time in scoring at Wesleyan, hit her 1000th point in the first game of her senior year but her 68th game overall as the fastest Cardinal to 1000 points. At Trinity, Wesleyan trailed 33-25 at intermission and by as many as nine points in the second half. But the Cardinals methodically narrowed the gap and when Nikki Maletta '08 swooped in for a layup at the 6:34 mark, it put Wesleyan ahead for good, 53-52. Three minutes later, Wesleyan had a comfortable 60-52 lead after the Fourney trey at 3:19. Trinity got no closer than five down the stretch in the 67-59 Wesleyan win. Fourney had 11 points in the game while Lucy Sprung '08 had another outstanding effort with 19 points and nine rebounds with Meredith Lowe '09 leading the Cards on the boards with 12. Wesleyan's starting five accounted for 62 of the team's 67 points and 32 of 37 individual rebounds. Wesleyan finished up its NESCAC weekend Sat., Feb. 9 at Little Three rival Amherst, falling to the Lord Jeffs for the second time this season, 70-53. The Cards fell behind early and never really caught up. Fourney paced the team with 17 points. The team's woes continued on Fri., Feb. 15 as Wesleyan fell to Middlebury, 36-32. Forced to play without Fourney, who took sick just before game time, Wesleyan was hampered by poor execution and miserable shooting (16 percent in the first half and 21 percent for the game). Still the Cardinals cut a 16-point lead in the second half down to three with 2:10 to go and had five possessions with a chance to tie but could not convert. Sprung led the team with 13 points and nine boards as the squad produced its lowest output in 12 years. The team can redeem itself in its final regular-season game vs. Williams Sat., Feb. 16 and secure as high as the number three seed in the NESCAC tournament with a win. A loss could send the team as low as the sixth seed. The Williams game will be webcast and the link to watch the contest is available in the athletics home page under "Webcasts."