Cardinals Gain #3 Seed in NESCAC Tournament After Downing Williams, 65-47


After missing the team's game Fri., Feb. 15 vs. Middlebury due to illness, NESCAC top-scorer Ali Fourney '09 (#11, shown receiving her commemorative basketball from head coach Kate Mullen for her 1000th point) erupted for 23 points and triggered a 13-0 burst to open the second half as the Cardinals rolled past Little Three rival Williams Sat., Feb. 16, 65-47. The win gave Wesleyan the number-three seed in the NESCAC Tournament which starts Sat., Feb. 23. The Cardinals will host sixth-seeded Williams for the third meeting this season between the teams. The game will be webcast and the link to watch the contest is on the athletics home page under "Webcasts." Fourney picked up 10 of her game-high point total in the first 4:15 of the second half as Wesleyan extended a 26-20 halftime advantage into a 39-20 lead. It took Williams 7:45 to get on the board after intermission despite having whittled Wesleyan's 24-12 edge to just six points at the break. Once the margin hit 19 points, it never fell below 18 and reached as high as 24. Wesleyan made amends for its 73-68 setback at Williams Jan. 22 and earned the all-important home game for the first round of NESCACs. Joining Fourney with double-digit scoring vs. Williams was Lucy Sprung '08, who had 11 points and 11 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the year. Also with 11 caroms on the day was Meredith Lowe '09.