Ali Fourney '09 is NESCAC Player of the Week, Has Scored 67 Points in Last Three Games


Holding a slim 42-40 lead with 10:48 to play, the Cardinals held host Coast Guard without a field goal the rest of way in securing a 61-43 victory Sat., Dec. 6. Ali Fourney '09 (#11, main photo) led with way by scoring 11 of her game-high 26 points over the final 10:48 as Wesleyan finished on a 19-3 run.

Fourney came within one point of her career high, set vs. Emmanuel last year when she scored 27. She improved her all-time scoring to 1,190, just six points shy of taking over fifth place on the career scoring list.. Her 10 points in a first period helped Wesleyan to a slender 31-28 margin at intermission. The Bears stayed right with the Cardinals until the well ran dry as Wesleyan forced Coast Guard into 0-for-11 shooting and eight turnovers in the final 10:48. Fourney, who leads the NESCAC in steals with a 4.14 figure, picked up six in the contest. For her 19.0 PPG and 5.7 RPG averages on the week, along with eight assists, 13 steals and five blocks, Fourney was named NESCAC Player of the Week.

Lucy Sprung '08 (#34, photo insert upper left) posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The win avenged a home loss to Coast Guard last year. That ended Wesleyan's five-year win streak vs. the Bears from 2002-06. Wesleyan leads in the overall series, 17-9.

Wesleyan played its final game of the first semester Tues., Dec. 9 when it hosted Springfield. Fourney netted a game-high 19 points as all five Cardinal starters hit for double-figures in a 70-66 victory. The Cardinals pulled away in the close ballgame to establish a 61-51 lead with 4:08 to play. The Pride mounted a comeback and cut the gap to two at 63-61, but Wesleyan made six straight free throws in the final 38 seconds, four by McKinley Tennant '11. Tennant, Meredith Lowe '09 and Erin Gold '11 all had 12 points while Sprung had 10 points and a team-high nine boards. Fourney is now firmly in fifth place on the career scoring list with 1,209 points and will move into fourth place with just 12 additional points.

Wesleyan takes a 6-2 mark into the break. The team resumes action Sat., Jan. 3 with a trip to Wheaton College.