Cards Reach Finals of Swarthmore Tournament as Ali Fourney '09 is Named to All-Tournament Team
Trailing 12-11 midway through the first half at Swarthmore in the opening round of the Swarthmore Tournament Sat., Nov. 22, Wesleyan got nine consecutive points from Ali Fourney '09 (#11, photo insert lower left) over a two-minute span for a 20-12 lead. Wesleyan held a 25-19 edge at intermission.
The Cardinals began the second half with a 14-3 spurt, paced by Lucy Sprung's '08 (#34, main photo) seven points. Once the advantage reached 17 points at 39-22, it never dipped below nine as Wesleyan went on for a 64-47 win. Fourney and Sprung combined for 29 points in the game. The Cardinals earned a first-ever meeting with Mary Washington in the tournament championship Sun., Nov. 23.
In the finals, Wesleyan got off to a great start, leading 12-1 and eventually 26-11 late in the first half before settling for a 28-17 halftime margin. Fourney and Spring combined for 20 of the team's 28 points. Mary Washington had a strong start to the second half, using a 21-8 run to assume its first lead of the contest, 38-36. McKinley Tennant '11 gave the Cardinals their last lead at 39-38 with a traditional three-point play. The Eagles then held the Cardinals to four points over the next five minutes while building a 50-43 lead en route to a 51-47 victory. With 33 points over the two games of the tournament, Fourney was selected for the all-tournament team. Mary Washington was ranked 21st nationally in the preseason USA Today/WBCA Division III poll.
On Tues., Nov. 18, the Cardinals opened the season by remaining undefeated (11-0) vs. Rhode Island College all-time with a resounding 80-37 victory. Jumping out to a 12-1 lead five minutes into the contest, Wesleyan pushed the margin to 36-12 late in the first period en route to a 43-14 lead at intermission. Fourney picked up 11 of her game-high 18 points in the first half while Sprung posted 10 of her 17 in the opening 20 minutes. The lead never dropped below 24 points in the second half as the Cardinals used a 15-0 run over a six-minute span to turn a 49-25 lead into a commanding 64-25 advantage. The team shot a brisk 45.3 percent from the field in the contest while five different players connected from behind the arc, accounting for a 5-for-11 effort by the squad.
The final game for the squad before Thanksgiving came up Tues., Nov. 25 when the Cardinals headed to Long Island to face St. Joseph's (L.I.). Wesleyan again got off to a fast start, jumping ahead 14-4 and extended its lead to 34-15 by halftime. Erin Gold '11 (#25, photo insert upper left) erupted for 14 of her game-high 19 points in the opening 20 minutes. She went 4-for-5 on three-pointer in the first half and finished the game 5-for-6. Fourney added 16 points while Eileen Gaffney '12 chipped in with 11 points off the bench. Wesleyan never let its lead dip below 16 in the second half as the team improved to 3-1 on the year.
Ahead for the team is another battle with a St. Joseph squad, this one at home against the West Hartford, Conn. group Tues., Dec. 2.
(Action Photos: SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com)