Cardinals Celebrate Successful 2007-08 Season, Looking Forward to 2008-09 Campaign
Wesleyan women's basketball held its last official event of the 2007-08 season as they gathered together for the annual end-of-season luncheon. Coaches, staff, players and their families came together to celebrate the season and honor the outgoing seniors. After the senior class welcomed all in attendance, they spent the rest of the time being feted by both players and coaches for their four years of commitment and accomplishments. The junior class acknowledged the seniors with a slide show, while the underclassmen provided the entertainment. Seniors Nikki Maletta '08, Steph Savas '08 and Lucy Sprung '08 finished up their undergraduate years as the catalysts to a 17-9 record in 2007-08, a collective 72-31 record since 2004, and part of the Cardinals' string of eight consecutive winning seasons.
In her remarks, Coach Kate Mullen noted the outstanding record of the senior class and that they "made two trips to the NCAAs and had the distinction of leading one of only three teams to beat Bowdoin on its home floor since 2001. More importantly, their individual commitment and combined leadership made our season both fun and successful and we appreciate all they have done for the program."
Academic team mentor Professor Ishita Mukerji presented senior Nikki Maletta with a gift for maintaining the team's highest GPA for the year while all-NESCAC academic awards were presented to Shannah Lively '09, Meredith Lowe '09 and Maletta.
POST-SEASON ATHLETIC HONORS
Ali Fourney '09 ended the year with more points than any Wesleyan woman after three years of play (1066) and the second-most of any Wesleyan basketball player, male or female. Leading the NESCAC in both scoring average (16.4 PPG) and steals (2.92 per game), Fourney gained a spot on the all-NESCAC first-team this season. She was a second-team pick in 2006-07 and the NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2005-06. Fourney also garnered honors from d3hoops.com in 2007-08 as she was named to the Northeast Region second-team.
Lucy Sprung '08 posted a 15.2 PPG average and a team-leading 9.0 rebounds per game, both figures putting her in the top-10 in the NESCAC. She recorded nine double-doubles over the course of the season and secured a spot on the all-NESCAC second team.
Also honored by the NESCAC with a spot on the all-sportsmanship team was Steph Savas.