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Zarycki leads Cardinal wins over Parkside and Ferris

SVSU women’s basketball team sits at 2-4 over the last three weeks with its two wins coming against Parkside on Jan. 30 and against Ferris State on Feb. 13.

Jan. 29 vs Parkside: 65-55 loss.

After leading by four points heading into halftime, SVSU was outscored in both the third and fourth quarters of the game.

Sophomore guard Kaitlyn Zarycki led the Cardinals with 16 points and was able to grab seven rebounds and one steal during the game.

Sophomore guard Tyler Scheid added four points of her own while leading the team with her 10 rebounds.

Jan. 30 vs Parkside: 76-69 win.

SVSU was able to outscore Parkside in every quarter as the women’s team secured its fourth win of the season.

Zarycki again led the Cardinals in scoring with 18 points while dishing out five assists, grabbing five rebounds, blocking two shots and stealing the ball twice.

Sophomore forward Tori DePerry came in off the bench and led SVSU with seven rebounds to go along with her five points.

Feb. 5 vs Michigan Tech: 63-52 loss.

An 11-point fourth quarter by the Cardinals helped Michigan Tech secure a win after a close first half.

Junior guard Maddie Maloney led SVSU with 15 points in the game. Maloney also grabbed four rebounds and had five assists.

Freshman forward Victoria Stafford added 11 points and six rebounds off of the bench for the Cardinals.

Feb. 6 vs Michigan Tech: 80-70 double overtime loss.

SVSU had its first overtime game of the season. After outscoring Michigan Tech by four in the second half and matching its score in the first overtime period, SVSU was unable to hold off a 14-4 run by the Huskies in double overtime.

Zarycki led the Cardinals in scoring again behind her 16 points in the game.

DePerry scored 15 points and tied for the team high in rebounds with seven off of the bench.

Feb. 12 at Ferris State: 65-58 loss.

Despite a strong first quarter, SVSU faltered late and lost to Ferris State.

Maloney was the Cardinals leading scorer, notching 15 points and six rebounds.

Zarycki was able to achieve a double-double as she scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Feb. 13 at Ferris State: 67-52 win.

SVSU started strong, outscoring Ferris State by 10 points in the first half. The Cardinals were able to hold their lead in the second half and improve their record to 5-8.

Zarycki toed for the team lead in points with 13 and grabbed 14 rebounds to finish off a double-double.

Maloney also scored 13 points and ended the game with five assists and four rebounds.

Coach Jenny Pruett said she has made it a focus to adjust between the games of a series during the season.

“It isn’t hard to plan to play a team twice in a row,” Pruett said. “What is difficult is not having time to adjust between games one and two, but we have done a good job staying focused and learning from film.”

Pruett said she wants to keep the successes fresh to her team.

“We celebrate wins big or small,” Pruett said. “Beating Ashland earlier this season was a big win and was a major stepping stone for the program.”

Pruett said she looks at the team as a family more than ever.

“It is hard not having our loved ones in the stands to share in our successes and failures,” she said. We all want to do what we love with those we love, and right now our family is each other. So we are celebrating as a family, we are sharing hard times as a family and we will be stronger because of it.”

SVSU will be hosting Northwood on Tuesday, Feb. 16, followed by two home games against Wayne State University on Feb. 19 and 20.

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