This week in GLIAC play, the SVSU Lady Cardinals took on the No. 10-ranked Ashland Eagles at home on Saturday, Feb. 23, after getting a win against Wayne State on Thursday, Feb. 21.
The Lady Cards looked to gain some momentum in the final stretch of the season and improve their record to seven wins on the year.
This proved to be a tough test for the Lady Cards, as the Eagles came in with only two losses total on the year.
The first quarter saw a lot of offense from both teams, with junior forward Aaliyah Hill leading the Cards with eight points in the first. But the Eagles pulled away in the first quarter, shooting just under 62 percent. They
finished leading the Cards 31-20.
The second quarter saw a much closer score between the two teams. Maddie Maloney led the Cards in the quarter with eight points as she drained two threes to keep the Cardinals in the game. Mariah Cook also came off the bench and contributed solid minutes, scoring four points and dishing one assist and grabbing her fair share of rebounds.
Still, the Eagles held a 10-point lead going into halftime.
The second half saw even more competitive basketball from the Cardinals. They outscored the Eagles by seven while only holding them to 18 points in the quarter. The Lady Cards even cut the lead to one after a layup by Kyndall Spires and a three-pointer by Maddie Barrie. The Eagles held on tight to their lead and kept the Lady Cards within three points after three quarters of play.
The Eagles pulled away in the fourth quarter. They shot over 57 percent and held the Lady Cards to only 14 points total in the quarter to win the game with a score of 99-84.
Hill finished the game with 23 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Interim head coach Ryan Trevithick credited his team with having outstanding resolve not only Saturday, but the entire season.
“It was a great game overall for us,” Trevithick said. “Credit to Ashland for playing well; they made a few plays here and there that decided the game in the end, but overall, I am proud of my group.”
The Lady Cards will look to finish the regular season with a win on the road at Northwood University on Thursday, Feb. 28, with a 6 p.m tip-off.
Reported by Marq Williams, Vanguard Reporter
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