The Lady Cardinals won against Lake Superior State University on Saturday, Feb. 2, at home after falling to Ferris State at home on Thursday, Jan. 31. The Cards had lost five straight headed into Thursday’s matchup.
The teams were neck and neck for the majority of the contest, as SVSU showed some life that was absent in previous games.
However, the Cardinals were not able to pull off the win, falling 60-56.
Saturday’s game against LSSU started off very slow for the Cardinals compared to their early energy against Ferris.
Their shots were not falling in the first quarter, as the Lakers jumped out to a 17-7 lead.
The second quarter saw a surge from the Cardinals, as they cut down the lead to just two points before the first half was over.
Interim head coach Ryan Trevithick spoke on the halftime adjustments the Cardinals had to make if they wanted to come out on top in the contest.
“(We) were getting open shots, and that is exactly what we wanted,” Trevithick said. “As long as we kept giving 100 percent effort and cleaned up our mistakes and turnovers, the shots would fall eventually.”
The shots did begin to fall in abundance for the Cardinals in the second half.
Led by Hannah Settingsgaard with 18 points, the Cardinals outscored the Lakers with a 44-28 margin to secure a 66-52 victory.
Settingsgaard had praise for her teammates and their will to win in the second half.
“(It) was a great team win,” she said. “The first half was not what we expected, but we never quit and ended up pulling away big in the second half.”
The Lady Cardinals will look to continue their strong play when they travel to the Upper Peninsula to take on Northern Michigan University on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 5:30 p.m. and Michigan Tech University on Saturday, Feb. 9, at noon.
Reporting by Marq Williams, Vanguard Reporter