While Loss to Tufts in NESCAC Semis Ended Season, Ali Fourney '09 & Lucy Sprung '08 are All-NESCAC
Taking on the region's top-ranked squad and 15th-ranked nationally, Wesleyan got off to a good start vs. Tufts in its NESCAC semi-final game at Amherst Sat., March 1. Jumping ahead 12-4 in the first six minutes and pulling out to a 16-7 advantage in the first half, Wesleyan saw its leads dwindle and eventually disappear when the Jumbos took the lead for good, 26-25 with 4:05 left en route to a 37-29 lead at halftime. It took a blistering 61-percent shooting half for the Cardinals to hang with the powerful Jumbos. But the luck ran out in the second period as Tufts used a 14-4 run to open the stanza for a 51-33 lead and never looked back en route to a 67-50 victory and a date with host Amherst for the NESCAC title March 2. Amherst downed Tufts in the title game, 59-53. Both Tufts and Amherst received entry into the NCAA Division III tournament, Amherst with the automatic bid and Tufts as at-large pick. Also making the 63-team field from the NESCAC was Bowdoin, seeded fourth in the NESCAC tournament and a 62-49 loser at home to Wesleyan. Thus, Wesleyan's season came to a close with a final record of 17-9, the team's eighth straight winning campaign. Back to the Tufts game, Wesleyan got 13 points from Ali Fourney '09 (#11, photo), who now has 1,066 points in her career. She has more points than any Wesleyan woman after three years of play and the second-most of any Wesleyan basketball player, male or female. Fourney also added a team-high six rebounds and four assists. Leading the NESCAC in both scoring average (16.4 PPG) and steals (2.92 per game), Fourney gained a spot on the all-NESCAC first-team this season. She was a second-team pick in 2006-07 and the NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2005-06. Fourney also garnered honors from d3hoops.com in 2007-08 as she was named to the Northeast Region second-team. Also connecting for double-digit scoring against Tufts were Nikki Maletta '08 and Meredith Lowe '09, both with 11. Lucy Sprung '08 (#34, photo insert lower left), though quiet vs. Tufts, posted a 15.2 PPG average and a team-leading 9.0 rebounds per game, both figures putting her in the top-10 in the NESCAC. She received a nod to the all-NESCAC second-team.