SVSU’s women’s basketball team was able to continue its season this past week following some postponed and rescheduled games from earlier in the month.
The Cardinals started the week with a record of 9-3 and were 4-1 in its GLIAC matches to this point in the season.
During its first game of the week, Saginaw Valley traveled to Hammond Indiana to play against the Purdue Northwest Pride on Jan. 20.
After a back-and-forth first quarter, the Cardinals were down 13-15.
Both teams played just as even in the second quarter, as SVSU was able to take a 25- 22 lead into halftime.
A close third quarter was setting both teams up for an exciting finish to the game as SVSU held a four-point lead.
Purdue Northwest was able to bring the score within two points after a basket with 2:44 left in the game.
Saginaw Valley was able to go on a 10-1 run to close out the game and hold off the Pride by a score of 60-49.
Junior guard Kaitlyn Zarycki led the Cardinals with 18 points while junior forward Tori DePerry (15) and senior guard Maddie Barrie (10) also scored in double figures.
Zarycki also paced the team in assists with five and added one steal.
DePerry and Barrie each had eight rebounds, which was tied for the most on the Cardinals.
Following the win, the Cardinals headed to Kenosha Wisconsin for a Jan. 22 matchup with Wisconsin Parkside.
Both teams played an even first half, but the Rangers were able to take a 21-24 lead into the break.
Parkside was able to extend its lead to ten points in the third quarter before the Cardinals began attempting to make a comeback.
Ultimately, SVSU fell short of a win 57-59 despite being able to get two shots up in the final four seconds.
Zarycki again led the Cardinals in scoring as she tallied 27 points along with 10 rebounds to secure a double-double.
DePerry was successful on 75 percent of her free-throws and ended with seven points, tied for the second most on the team.
Following the loss SVSU’s record moves to 10-4 with a 5-2 record in GLIAC play.
The Cardinals will look to improve on its record during its home game on Thursday, Jan. 27 against Ferris State and its game against Lake Superior State on Saturday, Jan. 29.
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