The women’s basketball team continued to struggle this past week against No. 6 Ashland and Wayne State in a couple of tough road losses without their star player, senior forward Abby Duffy.
The first game of the week showed what it’s like for a rebuilding SVSU team to go up against a contender like Ashland. The Cards couldn’t keep pace, as they didn’t take a lead throughout the four quarters of play. The game ended with a final score of 83-60.
Junior forward Aaliah Hill led the way with 14 points and nine rebounds to round out a poor performance all around.
The second game at Wayne played out differently, as SVSU showed some life in what otherwise was a low-scoring game.
Both teams came out of the gate shooting rather poorly, as both the Cardinals and Warriors failed to crack the 30-point mark to end the half. The Warriors were able to have the edge, however, as a last-second threepointer gave Wayne State a 29-22 lead going into the second half.
Freshman guard Maddie Barrie took control in the third quarter, almost singlehandedly willing her team to a lead on 3-of-6 shooting. However, Barrie’s shooting performance was only enough to tie up the game going into the final quarter.
The teams’ shooting woes continued down the stretch, as both teams repeatedly dug in to find the slightest edge against one another in a tight defensive contest.
The Cardinals executed their final two minutes well, but couldn’t find that edge that they needed, losing 50-48.
Barrie and Hill were the lone bright spots for the Cards, as the former put up a team high 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting and the latter ripped down 13 boards.
The women will look to pick up the pieces once again at home next weekend against Northwood on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. for the team’s only game of the week.
Reporting from Dylan Powell, Vanguard Sports Editor