The 1999-00 Women's Basketball Team posted a final record of 10 -14. The Cardinals showed they were the equal of most teams on their schedule by outscoring (1478-1415) and outrebounding (1015-1009) their opponents for the year.
The Cardinals faced another typical year of very competitive Division III basketball. Arguably one of the top five toughest Div. III conferences in the country, NESCAC sent five of its 10 teams to post-season play. Wesleyan showed its mettle with very strong showings vs. ECAC winner, Trinity College, and NCAA qualifer Wellesley College while taking NCAA Regional semi-finalist Clark University to overtime before bowing out in a tightly contested non-conference game.
Defense was again the Cardinals' trademark. Opponents were held to shooting only 37% from the floor, 27% from beyond the three-point circle. The defensive-minded squad forced opponents into committing 25 turnovers per game, averaging 13 steals per game.
Team travel highlighted the season as the squad participated in the Swarthmore College Tip-Off Tournament. A 2-0 "road trip" to the San Francisco, Calif. area during January break was the warm-up the Cardinals needed, going 5-3 in the month of January. The month culminated in a very satisfying 80-61 victory at Williams College, as part of the historic "Little Three" competition between Wesleyan, Williams and Amherst.
With three seniors graduating, the trio will be remembered for their contributions both on and off the court. Lynn St. Martin `00 ended her career leading her team in the categories of points, assists, steals and blocked shots. As a 1,000-point scorer, St. Martin is third on the list of career 1,000-point scorers with 1,220. Among NESCAC individual leaders, she was third in assists (4.3/game) and fourth in steals (2.8/game). Finally, St. Martin was voted to the third-team NESCAC all-star team. Julie Bennett `00 guided the team from the point position and started every game of her four years, even after returning from an ACL injury sustained in the spring of her junior year. Joan Altman `00 made her mark off the bench as the sixth player with a three-point strike. As tri-captains, their dedication and work ethic will be the foundation for future success.
The future looks promising for the Wesleyan Cardinals as freshmen and sophmores accounted for high scoring and rebounding in most of the contests, especially in the latter part of the season.