December 11, 2007


Rhode Island College Women’s Basketball Score Report

Providence, RI






Wesleyan (6-2)

Rhode Island College (5-4)






Anchorwomen Suffer Second Straight Loss

            Providence, RI—Wesleyan University junior guard Ali Fourney (East Northport, NY) and senior forward Lucy Sprung (Wilmington, VT) scored 24 and 20 points, respectively, to lead the Cardinals past Rhode Island College, 68-50, on Tuesday night at The Murray Center.


The Cardinals win for the fifth time in their last six contests and improve to 6-2 on the season. RIC loses back-to-back games and suffers its first home loss for the first time this season, as the Anchorwomen dip to 5-4.


Rebounding was a key focus for the Anchorwomen coming into the game, but the Cardinals dominated the glass on both ends of the floor. Wesleyan outrebounded RIC by 18, 44-26, overall, and posted and 21-9 advantage on the offensive end.


Wesleyan built a 15-point advantage, 25-10, with 8:58 left in the first stanza. The Anchorwomen closed the gap to seven points on two occasions as the club’s went into halftime with the Cardinals leading, 35-28.


Rhode Island College chipped away at a double-digit deficit in the second stanza, cutting the Wesleyan lead back down to eight, 45-37, on a junior guard Michelle McNamee (Cranston, RI) free throw with 12:03 left in the game. The Cardinals promptly put five quick points back on the board, capped by a Sprung layup with 11:07 left.


Wesleyan held off RIC for the remainder of the contest and built a game-high 18-point lead on a senior guard Stephanie Savas (Brockton, MA) three, 68-50, with 11 seconds left.


Sprung posted a double-double with 20 points, 15 boards, 10 of which were offensive, to go along with five blocks and four assists. She shot 7-for-12 from the field. Fourney shot 10-for-15 from the floor to net a game-high 24 points to go along with eight rebounds, six steals and three assists. Savas rounded out the WU contingent in double-figures with a 12-point effort. Junior forward Meredith Lowe (Philadelphia, PA) was a consistent threat around the ball on both ends of the floor, contributing eight points, nine rebounds and two steals.


Rhode Island College sophomore guard Alice Mullen (Saunderstown, RI) led RIC with 13 points, while junior guard Tyla Martin (Cumberland, RI) chipped in with 12.


Wesleyan wins for the 10th consecutive time vs. the Anchorwomen.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at Westfield State on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. Wesleyan will play at Montclair on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 7 p.m.