Wesleyan Headed to Amherst for NESCAC Semi-Finals After 68-49 First-Round Victory over Williams
Repeating their performance of a week earlier when the squad closed out the regular season with a 65-47 win over Williams, the Cardinals grabbed a 68-49 win in Middletown Sat., Feb. 23 in the first round of the NESCAC tournament. The win propels the team into the semi-finals at Amherst Sat., March 1 and a rematch with second-seeded Tufts, which downed Middlebury in its first-round game. Host and top-seeded Amherst meets fourth-seeded Bowdoin in the other semi-final. Wesleyan led from start to finish in its recent battle with the Ephs, scoring the opening six points, four by Lucy Sprung '08 (#34, photo) who went on to post her ninth double-double of the year with game-high point and rebounding figures of 18 and 12, respectively. Wesleyan expanded the margin to 12-2 and despite a 7-0 Williams run that got the difference down to three points, Wesleyan again got out to a 10-point lead. It was 31-23 at halftime and after another 6-0 run to begin the second half, Wesleyan held a 37-23 advantage. The Cardinals, with 14 points from Nikki Maletta '08 and 11 from Ali Fourney '09, moved right through the teens and eventually pushed the gap to 21 at 60-39 with 5:25 to go. Wesleyan now has to find a way to tackle Tufts, which handed Wesleyan a 66-52 loss in Middletown Feb. 2 and is ranked 15th nationally in the latest Division III poll. For additional information about the NESCAC Semi-Finals and Finals at Amherst College including ticket prices, please click on the link below.