Lucy Sprung '08 Ties School Record for Points vs. MSU, Also Pumps in 26 During NESCAC Win at Bates

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Trailing by a many as 15 points in the first half, Wesleyan rallied to capture a 100-94 overtime win against visiting Montclair St. Tues., Jan. 20. Lucy Sprung '08 (#34, main photo) helped the team tie a mark for points in a game by doing exactly the same on an individual level. Sprung hit for 35 points, equaling the most points in a game by a Cardinal woman, while the 100 points also tied the most ever by a women's Cardinal squad.

Sprung scored 26 of her 35 points during the second half and added five in overtime to equal the point total of Allison Palmer vs. Coast Guard on February 10, 1994. Also scoring a career high for points was Ali Fourney '09 (#11, photo insert lower left), who collected 17 points in the second half and 10 in overtime to give her 29 in the game. In total, Sprung and Fourney had 58 of Wesleyan's 69 points following halftime as Wesleyan trailed 43-31.

Wesleyan was behind by double-digits for the last time with 9:16 remaining in the second period, 65-55, despite having made up a 32-17 first-half deficit to tie the game at 51-51. Wesleyan also trailed 76-71 before Sprung's layup with :01.7 left in regulation tied the contest at 81-81.

Wesleyan never trailed in overtime and took the lead for good with 2:32 left on another inside basket by Sprung. Her three-point play at 1:16 gave Wesleyan a 94-90 lead. Fourney made four free throws in the final 46 seconds and Meredith Lowe '09 had a big layup with :18 remaining to pad the lead at 98-94. Lowe, who had 16 in the game, scored eight of the 11 points not credited to Sprung or Fourney after halftime.

The 100 points by the team matched the all-time high first done vs. Emerson on February 9, 1988, that in regulation play.

Wesleyan hit the road for the weekend to face Williams Fri., Jan. 23 and Middlebury Sat., Jan. 24 in a pair of NESCAC contests.

Despite their 41-point win over Williams in Middletown 10 days earlier, the Cardinals had no luck in the Ephs' back yard as Williams captured a 75-68 triumph. It was an uphil battle all the way for Wesleyan, which trailed by as much as 20 (54-34) with 14 minutes to play. But the Cards came to life and behind 23 points from Fourney and 16 from Lowe, the gap shrunk to 71-68 in the final minute. But the squad could not get over the hump as two critical free throws by the Ephs with 16 second left sealed the Cardinals' fate. Lowe also had 11 boards in the game for a double-double.

Fourney moved firmly into third place on the all-time scoring list with 1,362 points, just 33 points out of second and 54 shy of the career scoring record. She improved that position to 1,373 with 11 points during a 67-63 NESCAC win at Middlebury. The Cardinals trailed only momentarily in the contest, and held their biggest advantage at 11 points (57-46, 6:42 remaining). But it took a pair of free throws from both Fourney and Lowe in the final 30 seconds to seal the win as Middlebury had rallied to make it a two-point game in the final minute. Four Cardinals starters made it to double-digits led by Sprung with 16. Erin Gold '11 had 14 and Lowe had 11 along with Fourney.

The squad was back on the road for another NESCAC weekend, facing Tufts Fri., Jan. 30 before venturing to Bates on Sat., Jan. 31. The Cardinals captured the nip-and-tuck affair in Maine, 75-74, as Lowe received a pass from Fourney and scored from short range for the deciding points with :04 to play. Neither team led by more than eight and the contest was tied 13 times. Sprung led the charges with 26 points while Fourney had 17 points, seven assists and five steals.

At Tufts, Wesleyan led 30-20 before the Jumbos scored the final seven points of the first half and the opening nine points of the second half for a 36-30 edge. Wesleyan got a close as one, but Tufts, ranked 17th nationally, pulled away, eventually leading by as many as 18 before settling for a final score of 75-63.

Wesleyan had four players in double-digits led by Fourney's 14. Sam LaCroce '12 had 13 points off the bench while Lowe and Sprung both added 12.

The team's next game will be at Emmanuel Wed., Feb. 4, where Fourney can break the all-time Wesleyan scoring record with 13 points.

(Photos courtesy of SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com)