After a slow start, SVSU’s women’s basketball fell 101-47 to No. 2 ranked Ashland on Jan. 25.
This was the Cardinals’ third straight loss.
SVSU started with a 5-4 lead, but Ashland finished the first quarter on a 22-2 run that gave them a 26-7 lead.
In the second quarter, the Cardinals started on a 5-0 run, cutting the deficit to 26-12. Over the next nine minutes, SVSU was held to nine points, allowing Ashland to hold a 51-21 lead at the half.
Neither team scored for the first two minutes of the third quarter before Ashland made a layup to extend their lead.
SVSU and Ashland traded baskets for the rest of the third quarter, which allowed Ashland to lead 70-36 heading into the final quarter.
SVSU scored 11 points in the fourth quarter as they made two of their ten shots. Ashland missed five shots as they scored 31 points to push the final score to 101-47.
Freshman guard Kaitlyn Zarycki led the Cardinals with 11 points in the game.
Head coach Jennifer Pruett said Zarycki has impressed her this season.
“Kaitlyn Zarycki has been absolutely phenomenal for us,” Pruett said. “Zarycki is a great teammate and makes everyone around her better.”
Pruett said every game will be important for the tournament bid.
“The middle of the pack can be decided by one game, so we have to play our best in every game to make sure were one of those eight teams,” she said.
Sophomore guard Maddie Barrie scored 10 points for the Cardinals while also securing two rebounds and a steal.
Fellow sophomore guard Maddie Maloney also added five points while leading the team with three assists.
“We were challenged in multiple ways, and I think through these challenges we have become mentally tough,” Maloney said. “I know that everyone on this team is working hard in practice, film sessions and the weight room, and I am proud of how far we have come together as a team.”
With the loss, the Cardinals fell to 8-11 in season play and 4-7 record in GLIAC play, putting them on the bubble for a playoff spot.
SVSU plays Northern Michigan at home Jan. 30.