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Women’s basketball falls to Huskies in GLIAC playoffs

Saginaw Valley finished the season with a 10-10 record, securing a first round bye in the GLIAC tournament, based on the Points Rating System used by GLIAC. Following the bye, SVSU played Wayne State in the GLIAC quarterfinals. SVSU split its two previous season matchups with Wayne State, including an overtime loss on February 20.

Following the bye, SVSU played Wayne State in the GLIAC quarterfinals. SVSU split its two previous season matchups with Wayne State, including an overtime loss on February 20.

SVSU trailed by four points to start the second half, but outscored Wayne State by 15 points in the second half to pull off the 69-58 win.

Coach Jenny Pruett said she believed the first half did not indicate how well her team was playing.

“We were playing really well offensively

in the first half, but the shots were not falling,” Pruett said.

Junior guard Maddie Maloney scored 21 points in the game, which was the most for either side, while adding four assists.

Junior guard Maddie Barrie added 13 points to go along with her two steals, tied for the game high, and her five rebounds.

Sophomore forward Tori DePerry scored 13 points and led the Cardinals with eight rebounds while playing 27 minutes off of the bench.

Barrie said she believes the Cardinals are as good as any team in the GLIAC.

“We have confidence that whoever is on the floor, we can get the job done,” Barrie said. “We really do feel that we can hang with any team.”

SVSU’s women’s basketball season ended with a 78-74 loss to Michigan Tech in the GLIAC semifinals on March 5. This was the third time the Cardinals had faced, and lost to, the Huskies this season.

After a slow first half where the Cardinals were outscored 47-33, a strong push could not help them come back against the eventual GLIAC champions, Michigan Tech.

Sophomore guard Kaitlyn Zarycki scored 29 points, which was the most of any player. Zarycki was also able to secure eight rebounds to go with her two assists and two steals.

Maloney added 22 points for the Cardinals while getting two assists and four rebounds during her 39 minutes of play.

DePerry scored 12 points and had three rebounds in her 26 minutes off of the bench. At the conclusion of the tournament, Maloney was selected as part of the “All-GLIAC” team in recognition of how she played as SVSU’s MVP over their two games.

Zarycki ended the season averaging the tenth most points by any player in the GLIAC with 280 over 20 games, for an average of 14 points per game.

Saginaw Valley should retain most of its team heading into next season. There are currently three freshmen, four sophomores and four juniors listed on the team.

This consistency should help SVSU remain a top team in the GLIAC next season for coach Pruett’s third season.

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