The Lady Cards lost to No. 12-ranked Grand Valley State University at home on Thursday, Feb. 14, and won against the Davenport University Panthers on Saturday, Feb. 16, also at home.
The split left SVSU at 5-19 overall, 5-12 in GLIAC play, with three games left in the season.
In the first game against the Lakers, the Lady Cards started off slow in the first quarter, only scoring seven points and giving up 24.
The second quarter saw the Lady Cards fight back.
With a few threes from freshman guard Maddie Barrie, the lead was cut to under 20 points with just over half the quarter to play. GV edged out the Cards with a score of 18-15 to end the half with a 20-point lead over the Cardinals, 42-22.
The second half saw much of the same, as Grand Valley held the lead against the Cards, outscoring SVSU 42-32 in the second half and defeating the Cardinals 84-54.
Saturday, Feb. 16, the Lady Cards squared off against Davenport University.
The first quarter was all Cardinals, as they came out with an aggressive attack against the Panthers, shooting over 53 percent from the floor to take the lead after the first quarter, 22-18.
Davenport edged out the Lady Cards in the second quarter by a score of 17-15. Saginaw Valley held on strong to the lead, going into halftime with the two-point lead.
Davenport kept things interesting in the second half, even gaining a six-point lead over the Cardinals.
However, behind the three-point shooting of guard Julia Cianferra, the Lady Cards edged out the Panthers, winning the game 77-73. Cianferra scored 15 points, going 5-5 from the three point line.
Interim head coach Ryan Trevithick enjoyed the competitive spirit of his team.
“(We) made some major strides in the past couple of games,” Trevithick said. “(We) are solidifying our identity on offense and learning to enjoy every moment of the game.”
SVSU is set to hit the court again at home when they play Wayne State on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m and Ashland on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 1 p.m., also at home.
Reported by Marq Williams, Vanguard Reporter
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