NESCAC POW Lucy Sprung '08 Powers for 27 Points, 19 in 2nd Half, as Cards Rally Past Bates, 66-55
Recovering from a 13-point first-half deficit, the Cardinals rallied for a 66-55 NESCAC win over visiting Bates Fri., Feb. 1, to remain atop the conference standings with a 4-0 mark. But that changed against nationally ranked Tufts (18-1) at home Sat., Feb. 2, as the Jumbos prevailed, 66-52. Down 30-17 vs. Bates midway through the first period, the Cards narrowed the margin to 34-32 at intermission. It became a 10-minute game as the teams entered the second portion of the second half knotted at 42-42. Lucy Sprung '08 (#34, photo courtesy of SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com) rebounded a miss by teammate Nikki Maletta '08 and rolled to a layup at 9:52 to put Wesleyan ahead for good, 44-42. Maletta didn't miss with her next two drives to the hoop to spot the Cards a 48-42 cushion. Though it was only a 48-46 edge with 8:00 to go, Sprung erupted for 10 of her game-high 27 points in the final 5:12 to keep Wesleyan in charge. Ali Fourney '09 had 15 points in the first half and finished with 18 in the game, bringing her career total to 974 as she strives to become only the second Wesleyan women to reach 1000 points during her junior year. Maletta helped out with 13 points. Fourney and Sprung both had eight boards to pace the team in that department. The win snapped a five-game skid to Bates which included an 80-60 setback at Springfield during a tournament four weeks earlier. In the game vs. Tufts, the visitors jumped out to an 18-5 lead after 7:40 of play and Wesleyan got no closer than 10 points the rest of the way. Tufts led by as many as 23 in the second half before the Cards made it a little more respectable. Fourney led the team with 19 points, leaving her just seven point shy of 1000. Maletta chipped in with 16 points while Sprung had nine points and nine rebounds. The team will be on the road to Trinity for its next outing Fri., Feb. 8.