Cards Roll to Highest Point Total in 16 Years as McKinley Tennant '11 Dishes 10 Assists in 94-41 Win
Scoring on 18 of 20 possessions during an 11-minute stretch in the first half, Wesleyan turned an 11-7 lead into a 49-24 margin just before halftime of its game vs. St. Joseph (CT) at home Tues., Dec. 2. When the smoke cleared at the end of the game, Wesleyan chalked up a 94-41 victory.
The 94 points was the most scored by the team in more than 16 years. The last time the squad got to 94 points was during a 96-80 victory over Williams Feb. 1, 1992. The team record for points in a game is 100.
Point-guard McKinley Tennant '11 (#10, photo by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography,.com) rose to the occasion in the contest, becoming the first Wesleyan player since Nora Bowman '05 to hit double-figures for assist in a game. Tennant had 10, seven of them during the first half. She played 22 minutes in the contest and added 11 points for a unique double-double. Bowman had a 10-assist game vs. Hunter Nov. 17, 2001, the second game of her career.
Wesleyan got 16 points and eight rebounds from Lucy Sprung '08 while both Meredith Lowe '09 (15 points) and Eileen Gaffney '12 (14 points) enjoyed a double-digit evening. Twelve of the 13 Cardinals who saw action had at least one point and one rebound. Ten of them had an assist as the team totaled 28 on 40 baskets.
Wesleyan hit the road Thurs., Dec. 4 to take on WPI in Worcester, Mass. for its next game. There the teams engaged in a tight battle with the score ranging in a 12-point swing. Wesleyan held the largest margin at 12-5 seven minutes into the first half while WPI's biggest lead came in the opening minute of the second period, 37-32. But Wesleyan regained the lead and carried a 56-50 edge into the last six minutes. WPI score 13 of the next 17 points for a 63-60 margin in the final minute. Sprung scored a layup to make it 63-62 at :27. When WPI missed a free throw three seconds later, Wesleyan got the rebound. A foul by WPI put Sprung on the line. Though she missed the attempt, she chased down the rebound. Tennant tried to drive the lane in the closing seconds but her attempt to get off a shot was stuffed and another Wesleyan foul gave the Engineers two more points at the line for the 65-62 final score. Ali Fourney '09 led Wesleyan in scoring and rebounding with 22 points and eight boards. Sprung had 14 points and six caroms. Erin Gold '11 had 12 points, making three of her four three-point tries.
Up next for the team is an excursion to New London for a meeting with the Coast Guard Sat., Dec. 6. The game will be aired as an audio webcast by Coast Guard and a link to listen to the contest is available on the Wesleyan athletics home page under "Webcasts."