Women’s basketball falls despite fast start

Sophomore guard Maddie Maloney grabs a rebound and pushes the ball up court. Vanguard Photo | Brandon Hull

SVSU started strong in its Jan. 18 match vs. No. 4 Grand Valley but eventually fell 57-42.

Senior guard Mariah Cook scored six points in the first three minutes of the game, helping the Cardinals hold an 8-5 lead at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, sophomore guard Maddie Barrie scored six of the Cardinals’ 12 points by making two three pointers and adding two rebounds.

Despite having the lead at the end of the first quarter, the Cardinals found themselves trailing 27-20 at the half.

In the third quarter, freshman guard Kaitlyn Zarycki scored five of the Cardinals’ nine points in addition to her five rebounds and two steals.

Entering the fourth quarter, SVSU was trailing 42-29. This was too much of a deficit for the team to come back from.

Zarycki added six more points in the fourth quarter, but SVSU was outscored 1513 in the quarter as the game ended 57-42.

Zarycki finished the game with 15 points to go along with her 10 rebounds and five steals. This was her seventh start of the season and her first career double-double.

Sophomore guard Maddie Maloney had three rebounds, and she added an assist and a steal to SVSU’s totals.

SVSU out-rebounded GVSU 34-29 and outscored them 24-20 in the paint.

Zarycki’s 15 points and 10 rebounds were both the highest total for any player on either team.

SVSU’s Jan. 18 loss brought its record to 8-9 on the season with a 4-5 record in GLIAC conference play. Its record puts the Cardinals in third place for the GLIAC south and seventh overall.

Cook remained optimistic after the game.

“It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t beat Grand Valley at home, but we still feel good about where our season is headed,” she said. “We’ve got two conference games next week, so we’re turning our focus to those games and what we need to do to win those.”

SVSU plays two away games Wayne State on Jan. 23 and the other against Ashland on Jan. 25.


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