Women’s basketball claims win following losses

Junior Jessica Massey makes her way down the court. Vanguard Photographer | Justin Kruskie

SVSU women’s basketball played three games this week going 1-2. The team lost to Northern Michigan University (NMU) on Monday and fell to Michigan Tech on Thursday but came back to beat the Wildcats on Saturday.

These games place the team at 9-7 in the GLIAC and 14-9 overall.

The team started off the week playing NMU at home where the Cardinals lost 59-39.

Junior Tyler Scheid led the team in points, scoring nine while junior Tori DePerry had eight rebounds.

SVSU came out slow at the beginning of the game with NMU having a 16-0 run at the close of the first quarter.

In the first half, junior Kaitlyn Zarycki had a few layups and senior Maddie Barrie a jumper.

By the halftime break, NMU had an eight-point lead at 27-19.

Junior Kaitlyn Zarycki gains control of the ball. Vanguard Photographer | Justin Kruskie

NMU held their lead into the third quarter until freshman Rachel Rustad hit a 3-pointer

NMU took the victory nearly shutting SVSU out during the fourth quarter.

The team’s second game of the week brought another loss at Michigan Tech with SVSU falling 65-54.

Zarycki led in scoring for the Cardinals with 23 points and eight rebounds.

The Cardinals out-rebounded the Huskies 35-31 where DePerry had the game high for rebounds with nine.

SVSU came out strong at the beginning with a 7-0 run until the Huskies scored with 3:20 left in the first quarter.

By the end of the first quarter, the Cardinals led at 17-8.

At the second half, Michigan Tech finished on a 10-4 run while SVSU held the lead at 26-24.

Coming out of the half, senior Maddie Maloney and Barrie both scored.

The Huskies followed close behind eventually opening a seven-point lead.

Sophomore Victoria Stafford hit a layup and Maloney had another jumper putting SVSU down by only three points.

The Huskies held their own and took a 45-39 lead as the third quarter concluded.

Senior Maddie Maloney struggles to pass. Vanguard Photographer | Justin Kruskie

Michigan Tech opened an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter.

The Cardinals did not give up, but they could not pull back the lead they opened with, giving the Huskies the win.

For the Cardinals’ third game of the week, the team traveled to play NMU again and this time they took home the win.

Maloney totaled 22 points for the team including four 3-pointers.

SVSU had five fast breaks, shot 22-of-50 from the field and out-rebounded NMU 35-29.

NMU came out to lead in the first quarter.

SVSU finally took the lead in the second quarter when Maloney scored a 3-pointer.

Going into the break, SVSU led at 21-19.

In the third quarter, the Cardinals came out strong with a 17-0 run.

NMU did not give up, pushing the Cardinals’ lead to only eight points.

Zarycki scored a buzzer-beating jumper at the end of the third, giving the Cardinals a 42-32 lead.

SVSU was able to hold their lead until the end giving them the win.

The Cardinals will stay at home this week, playing Michigan Tech on Tuesday, Davenport on Thursday and Grand Valley State University on Saturday.

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