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Women’s basketball starts 2-0

Nov. 12: SVSU 81, Hillsdale 65
Nov. 13: SVSU 83, Findlay 52

Senior point guard Maddie Maloney makes a basket. Maloney scored 19 points in helping lead the team to a win over Findlay on Saturday, Nov. 13. Vanguard Photo Editor | Brooke Elward

Senior point guard Maddie Maloney scored 19 points in leading the Cardinals to a Saturday home win over Findlay 83-
52, bringing their season record to 2-0.

Jenny Pruett, SVSU women’s basketball head coach, is looking forward to games with a full capacity of Saginaw Valley fans.

“We enjoy being able to play in front of a really good college basketball environment,” Pruett said. “Following our exhibition at Central Michigan you can tell our players’ energy is a little higher going into games with fans.”

During the home opener on Nov. 12, SVSU was able to treat its fans to a 81-65 win over Hillsdale.

Saginaw Valley never trailed in the contest as they were able to start the game on an 8-0 and never looked back.

SVSU led 38-29 at the half and used a 23-point this quarter to put Hillsdale in the rearview mirror.

Junior guard Tyler Scheid did a little bit of everything for the Cardinals throughout the game, ending with; eight rebounds, four assists and a block.

Senior guard Maddie Barrie and junior forward Tori DePerry each had 19 points for Saginaw Valley helping them to its
win.

In its second match of the week it looked like SVSU could have too much on its plate against Findlay.

Following a tough first quarter, the Cardinals outscored the Oilers 24-9 in the second quarter to take a 38-22 lead into the
break.

Maloney owned the third quarter, scoring eight of her 19 points to help Saginaw Valley increase its lead.
Saginaw scored 25 points in the final quarter to cap off the 83-52 win, improving their record to 2-0 this season.

Four players for SVSU reached double digit points in the match; junior guard Jessica Massey (10), senior guard Ashley
Buchholz (15), Barrie (14) and Maloney (19).

Pruett acknowledged the level of experience the team has coming into this season.
“Maloney is our starting point guard,” Pruett said. “She earned second-team all conference last year and was named to the
tournament team. Kaitlyn Zarycki was a freshman of the year recipient and ended up first-team all-conference last year.

When you add Maddie Barrie into that we have a very experienced backcourt.”

Pruett also looks for the team’s post-play will be a significant feature this season.

“Tori DePerry and Tyler Scheid both make a significant impact in the paint, then you have Kyndall Spires and Victoria
Stafford who have been on point this offseason.”

Saginaw Valley will continue its season on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at Ohio Dominican followed by a game Thursday, Nov. 18 at Tiffin before returning home for a matchup Saturday, Nov. 20 with Southern Indiana.

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