After a 68-39 win over Davenport on Dec. 4, the Cardinals moved to 2-0 in GLIAC play this season and 7-2 overall.
On Dec. 2, SVSU traveled to Allendale to begin its GLIAC matches when they faced off against the Lakers of Grand Valley.
Early in the game the Lakers were able to take a five-point lead, moving ahead 11-6, this would be the last time the Lakers would have the lead.
Saginaw Valley went on a nine-point run to take the lead, finishing the first quarter ahead 15-13.
Senior guard Ashley Buchholz’s made three-pointer with 3:23 left in the quarter to tie the game.
A defensive battle in the second quarter ended with the Cardinals outscoring Grand Valley 9-6 to head into halftime with the lead.
A back-and-forth third quarter ended with each team scoring 14 points, allowing SVSU to maintain its lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Thirteen points by Saginaw Valley was enough for it to outscore its opponent in the quarter, allowing the Cardinals to finish off a 51-45 win.
Junior guard Kaitlyn Zarycki led the Cardinals in scoring with 25 points while making 10 of 11 free throws and pulling in six rebounds.
Senior guard Maddie Maloney also reached double figures with her 10 points, she also had a steal and an assist.
A fourth quarter comeback for Davenport was not in the cards as Saginaw Valley had carried a 31-point lead into the final quarter of play.
SVSU scored the first basket of the game and never trailed against the Panthers in the match, finishing the first quarter up by 10.
After outscoring Davenport 40-19 in the second and third, SVSU finally was outscored in the fourth but won the game 68-39.
Three Cardinals reached double figures; Zarycki led the way with 18 points, Buchholz had 15 and junior forward Tori DePerry ended with 13.
DePerry also led the Cardinals with seven rebounds in the game while adding an assist.
Zarycki led the way for Saginaw with three steals while she had six rebounds of her own.
SVSU will face Northwood at home on Thursday Dec. 9, then the team will travel to face Wayne State on Dec. 11.
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