Ali Fourney '09 Scores 25 at Wheaton to Take over Fourth on the All-Time Wesleyan Scoring List

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Scoring 25 points or more for the fifth time in her outstanding career, Ali Fourney '09 (#11, photo) made nine field goals and six free throws en route to 25 points during the team's first game of 2009 at Wheaton Sat., Jan. 3. Fourney ended up with nearly half the team's points as the Cardinals came up short of their host, 76-56.

With her 25 points, Fourney raised her career total to 1,234 points, moving her solidly into fourth place on the all-time Wesleyan scoring list. Her next step toward reaching the top of the list will be 1,349 points, a figure which will move her past Allison Palmer '95 for third place.

Wheaton broke a 21-21 tie midway through the first half en route to a 37-30 lead at intermission. The closest Wesleyan got in the second period was three (40-37) when Fourney cruised in for a layup off a McKinley Tennant '11 assist with 17:12 to play. But the Lyons scored the next 10 points for a 50-37 lead and never looked back on their way to the 20-point win. It was the first meeting between the teams in 10 years as it improved Wheaton's all-time record vs. Wesleyan to 12-6.

In addition to her 25 points, Fourney also recorded five assists and five steals. In the latest Division III rankings, Fourney was tied for 24th nationally in steals with 4.0 per game.

The Cardinals played the first of three straight Little Three games Wed., Jan. 7, traveling to Amherst for a battle with the Lord Jeffs, who are ranked 7th nationally and came into the contest undefeated at 11-0.

Amherst stayed unbeaten thanks to a 57-54 victory as the Lord Jeffs broke a 54-54 tie with the game's final bucket, a three-pointer with :40 left. The Cardinals had two final possessions but could not convert on either despite two missed Amherst free throws.

Fourney again led the way with 19 points, bringing her career total to 1,253. Wesleyan built a 40-32 lead with just under 15 minutes to play before Amherst went on a 17-5 run over the next 10 minutes to pull ahead 49-45. Amherst extended the margin to 54-47, but seven straight Cardinals points, including the last basket by Meredith Lowe '09 with 1:32 to play, produced the games fifth and final tie.

The next contest for the squad comes up on Tues., Jan. 13 when Williams comes to town. The game will be webcast and details for watching the game are available on the athletics home page under "Webcasts."