The Lady Cardinals traveled to take on Northern Michigan on Thursday, Feb. 7
and Michigan Tech on Saturday, Feb. 9, where they fell in both contests, seeing their record fall to 4-18 on the season.
In the first game, the Lady Cards faced off against the GLIAC North-leading Wildcats (15-6).
The Cardinals trailed after the first quarter by seven after five players scored two points a piece.
The second quarter saw a strong surge by the Wildcats, outscoring the Cardinals 15-12 and going into halftime with a 10-point lead.
The second half was tough for the Cardinals. In the third quarter, they were held to only six points, while the Wildcats scored 16 of their own and led by 20 going into the final quarter of play.
The Cards had a strong showing in the fourth quarter, only holding the Wildcats to eight points while they scored 10 of their own.
Unfortunately, it was not enough to cut the lead, and NMU closed the game with an eighteen-point victory, defeating the Cardinals 56-38.
Freshman guard Maddie Barrie led the team with 11 points.
In the second contest, the Lady Cards squared off against Michigan Tech on Saturday afternoon.
This game was close for a while, and saw some great competition from both teams. Senior guard Hannah Settingsgaard led the Lady Cards with 14 points and aided Saginaw Valley to a strong closeout to the first half, only trailing by six going into the locker room.
The third quarter saw more exciting competition, as both teams scored 17 points a piece. With that high scoring quarter, the deficit was still at six for the Lady Cards going into the fourth quarter.
Michigan Tech pulled away in the final quarter of the game, outscoring the Cards 29-10 in the last minutes of the game, pulling away and securing a 79-54 victory.
Settingsgaard finished with 14 points and two steals.
Interim head coach Ryan Trevithick remained optimistic after the weekend, praising his team for competing well.
“There were a lot of positives to take away from this weekend,” Trevithick said. “(Both) teams we played are battling for tops in the division, and we did a great job competing every minute of each game.”
When asked about the team’s morale going into the final stretch of games, he continued to praise his team for their continual fighting spirit.
“(We) are always remaining positive,” Trevithick said. “(We) have four out of the last five games at home, so that will be a big advantage for us. I cannot wait to get back on the court with the team”.
This week, the Lady Cards will host a pair of home games this week, facing off against Grand Valley on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 6 p.m. and Davenport on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m.
Reported by Marq Williams, Vanguard Editor