Ali Fourney '09 Nets Career-High 27 Points to Pace Cards Past Saints, Gets NESCAC POW Honor

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Ali Fourney '09 (#11, photo courtesy of SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com) collected a career-high 27 points and hit a huge three-pointer with 1:02 left to give the Cardinals a 68-64 lead and Wesleyan went on to defeat visiting Emmanuel Thurs., Dec. 6, 74-66. Wesleyan pulled away from a 30-30 tie late in the first half to assume a 36-32 lead at halftime. The Cardinals never trailed in the second half and led by as many as eight (49-41) with 15:14 to go. But the Saints stayed within single digits all the way and narrowed the margin to a single point, 65-64, with 1:24 to go before Fourney connected from downtown for her fourth trey in five attempts during the game. She was 8-for-11 from the field and 7-for-8 from the line while adding nine rebounds, three assists, five steals and a block in a complete game's work. Fourney's previous best point total before this game was 26, also against Emmanuel a year ago in Middletown. Lucy Sprung '08 (#34, photo insert lower right by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com) enjoyed a solid outing with 15 points, nine caroms, three assists and a pair of blocks in tonight's game. The Cardinals 44-30 edge on the boards counteracted their 23 turnovers vs. just 14 by the Saints. With 48 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, eight steals and a block while shooting 60 percent from the field, 78 percent on treys and 85 percent at the line over Wesleyan's last two games, Fourney was honored at NESCAC Player of the Week. Wesleyan's final game of the first semester came on the road Tues., Dec. 11 against R.I.C. Fourney and Sprung were a unstoppable one-two punch as Fourney netted 24 points while Sprung posted her first career double-double with 20 points and 15 boards. The two combined to shoot 17-for-27 (63 percent) as Wesleyan jumped ahead 14-3 after 5:30, led by as many as 15 in the first half before settling for a 35-28 margin at intermission. The Cards scored the opening six points of the second period and led by 10 or more most of the way with the final score the greatest difference. Wesleyan is now 10-0 all-time vs. the Anchorwomen. After an 18-day layoff, the Cardinals will be back in game mode Sat., Dec. 29 with a trip to Montclair St. for a first-ever meeting with the Red Hawks. This game will be webcast (audio only) by D3Hoops.com. A link to listen to the game is located on the Wesleyan athletic home page under "Webcasts."