Nov. 16: SVSU 52, Ohio Dominican 49 Nov. 18: SVSU 76, Tiffin 64
Nov. 20: Southern Indiana 65, SVSU 64 Nov. 23: No. 3 Drury 81, SVSU 76
Having four players score in double-figures was not enough for the Cardinals in its Nov. 20 match against Southern Indiana that ended in a 65- 64 loss.
On Nov. 16, Saginaw Valley looked to extend its early season success to a 3-0 start as it traveled to face Ohio Dominican.
Junior forward Tori DePerry led SVSU with 18 points along with six rebounds and three steals.
Senior guard Maddie Barrie (11), junior guard Kaitlyn Zarycki (10) and senior guard Maddie Maloney (10) also scored in double- digits for the Cardinals.
Both teams struggled in the first quarter as Saginaw led 6-2 after the first ten minutes.
During the second quarter, Ohio Dominican found its stride and scored 21 points to carry a 23-15 lead into halftime.
In the second-half the match remained tight as the Cardinals were trailing 46-45 with 1:16 remaining.
A basket by DePerry gave SVSU the lead and began the desperation fouls by Ohio Dominican.
SVSU was able to make five of its six free- throws in the final 30 seconds of the game to preserve a 52-49 win.
Three players scored in double-digits for the Cardinals during its Nov. 18 win at Tiffin University.
Maloney (20), DePerry (18) and Zarycki (24) led SVSU as they combined for 62 of the teams 76 points.
Saginaw Valley rolled in the first-half, scoring 38 points while only allowing 24.
Tiffin tried to close the gap late in the fourth quarter but continually missed second chance opportunities.
After allowing Tiffin to get within eight points, SVSU began to make its free throws as it ended with a 76-64 win.
As a team SVSU made 26 shots and converted 16 of its 20 free throw attempts.
Saginaw Valley’s trio of Maloney, DePerry and Zarycki each ended with at least eight rebounds as the Cardinals won the rebound battle 34-27.
Coming off of the win that moved the Cardinals to 4-0, the team returned home to face Southern Indiana on Nov. 20.
Junior Tyler Scheid (14) joined Barrie (11), Zarycki (14) and Maloney (13) in scoring double-digits.
Despite a slow start, the Cardinals kept the score within three points as the game headed into halftime with a score of 34-31.
Entering the fourth quarter down by six points proved to be too much for SVSU as it was unable to make a comeback, eventually falling 65-64.
SVSU turned its attention to its Nov. 23 road game against #3 Drury who entered the game with a 6-1 record.
A poor first-half by the Cardinals made it difficult to comeback, as they headed into the half down by 13.
Zarycki scored her career best 36 points, while Barrie (12) and Maloney (10) each scored in double-digits again.
DePerry had the most rebounds in the game with nine, helping Saginaw Valley win the rebound battle 32-25.
SVSU’s strong second-half came up short as the team lost by a final score of 81-76.
Looking to get back on track following two losses, Saginaw faced off with Truman in a neutral site game on Nov. 24.
After scoring a career high 36 points the game before, Zarycki decided to set the mark again as she scored 39 points for the Cardinals in this contest.
Maloney added 20 points of her own along with two assists and a rebound.
Truman used a strong second quarter to build a 12-point lead before halftime.
Saginaw Valley scored 44 points in the second-half to mount the comeback and win the game 77-72.
SVSU currently sits at 5-2 on the season as they prepare to begin GLIAC play with a Dec. 2 matchup at Grand Valley on Dec. 2.
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