The women’s basketball team continued to struggle overall this past weekend, falling to Northwood at home on Saturday, Jan. 26.
The loss increased the Cardinals’ current losing streak to five.
The first quarter started off well for SVSU. The women were able to keep pace with a strong offensive assault by Northwood. Halfway through the quarter, the Cardinals tied the game up at six with a free throw, giving the team some hope moving forward.
However, this energy didn’t last. Northwood eventually went on a mighty 17-2 run to end the quarter, taking the wind out of the Cardinals’ sails.
The second quarter began with a strong defensive stance from SVSU, holding Northwood to only seven points in the first five minutes. Defense is only effective with a proper offense to back it up, however, and in that five minutes, SVSU was scoreless.
The team found some offense to round out the half. It wasn’t enough to be comfortable given the big 35-18 deficit to overcome.
Senior forward Abby Duffy was the one to light a fire under the Cardinals in the third. Her five points, three assists and six boards gave the life that the Cardinals needed.
The strong quarter wasn’t strong enough, however. The Cardinals only outscored their opponent by two, barely putting a chunk in the 17-point lead.
The momentum from the third was carried into the final quarter, as SVSU finally began to see shots fall on a consistent basis.
Senior guard Hannah Settingsgaard led the way with seven points on 3-6 shooting. The team as a whole shot exceptionally in the fourth, making 53 percent of its total shots.
The fourth, however, is where the Cardinal defense began to fall apart.
Even with a good amount of high percentage shots, Northwood still found a way to do SVSU one better. The Timberwolves shot 60 percent from the floor to match the Cardinals’ 18 points on the quarter. They ended up with the victory, 65-50.
Duffy had a stand-out night with 11 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. Settingsgaard and freshman guard Maddie Barrie both shot a nice 50 percent from the floor and added 11 and 12 points, respectively.
SVSU will look to turn things around with a pair of home games against Ferris State on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m. and Lake Superior State on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 1 p.m.