Ali Fourney '09 is 1st-Team All-NESCAC, Lucy Sprung '08 is Second Team, Both for 2nd Straight Year
For the second year in a row, both Ali Fourney '09 (#11, main photo) and Lucy Sprung '08 (#34, photo insert lower left) earned all-NESCAC honors, Fourney as a first-team pick and Sprung as a second-team honoree. Each was honored the same way a year ago while for Fourney, it was her fourth consecutive year with NESCAC accolades. She was a second-teamer as a sophomore and the NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2005-06.
Fourney led the NESCAC in scoring with her 18.7 PPG figure, the highest average of her career. She also was ranked in four other categories among NESCAC players - second in steals (3.7 per game), seventh in shooting percentage (47.4%), eighth in assists (3.35 per game), and ninth in blocked shots (1.0 per game). As testament to her versatility, Fourney is the only Wesleyan player in the team's 37-year history to accumulate at least 100 career field goals, three-pointers, free throws, rebounds, assists, blocked shots and steals. Her 1,498 career points is a team standard as are her 335 career free throws.
Fourney also received two honors from the New England Women's Basketball Association (NEWBA) as she was chosen for the NEWBA first team while also being chosen to play in the annual NEWBA Senior All-Star Classic, this year to be played at W.N.E.C. on Sat., March 28.
Sprung ranked third in scoring among NESCAC players with 14.4 points a game and was 10th in rebounds, averaging 6.5. A rock at the free-throw line, Sprung led the conference with her 84.6 percent figure as she canned 77 of 91 attempts. Over her final 13 games, she hit nearly 90 percent at the line (44-for-49).
Fourney and Sprung were key figures in Wesleyan securing its ninth consecutive winning campaign with a 12-11 record. The Cardinals were seeded sixth in the NESCAC tournament, falling to third-seeded and NCAA Division III qualifier Tufts in the opening round. Before the turn of the century, Wesleyan enjoyed just six winning seasons over its first 28 campaigns. Wesleyan made its own trips to the NCAAs in 2005 and 2006, reaching the Sweet-16 its first time out behind a 22-5 mark.
(both photos by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography,com)