Over the weekend, the SVSU women’s basketball team split their two road games against Ashland.
In their first matchup of the weekend, which took place Jan. 22, the Cardinals were able to pull off a 73-70 win.
This was the first win the Cardinals have gotten against Ashland since Dec. 19, 2009, and the first road win since Jan. 4, 2001.
SVSU carried a six-point lead into halftime, but a 10-0 run by Ashland in the third quarter made it a tied game.
SVSU was able to outscore Ashland in the fourth quarter to win the game on a basket by sophomore forward Tori DePerry with 26 seconds left in the game.
DePerry had 11 points in the game, along with one block, two steals and eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Kaitlyn Zarycki paced the Cardinals with 25 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Zarycki also had two steals and two blocks as she was able to achieve a double-double.
Junior guard Maddie Maloney was able to score 13 points for SVSU, including a buzz- er-beater three-pointer heading into halftime. She also was able to add three rebounds and three assists in the game.
Head coach Jenny Pruett said she was pleased with her team’s performance.
“We are going to be hard to beat when we play the way we played tonight,” Pruett said. On Jan. 23, the Cardinals were unable to beat Ashland, losing by a score of 80-64 to
split the weekend set.
SVSU fell behind early and was not able to
catch up to Ashland at any point in the game. Ashland jumped out to a 12-point lead in the first quarter, which grew to 15 points by half-time.
Saginaw scored more points in the second half, but the deficit was too much to over- come.
Zarycki was able to get 10 rebounds for the Cardinals, which was the most for the team. Zarycki added 16 points, a steal and two assists as she got her second double-double of the weekend.
Junior center Kyndall Spires led the Cardinals with 18 points while getting two steals, two assists and a rebound.
Maloney was able to lead SVSU with four assists to go along with her four points, three rebounds and a steal.
The Cardinals’ split with Ashland moves their season record to 2-4. SVSU will continue its season on Jan. 26 at Northwood, followed by two home games against Parkside on Jan. 29 and 30.
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