DETROIT, Mich. - The Saginaw Valley State University women's basketball team posted an 85-78 victory over the #18 nationally-ranked Wayne State University Warriors on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 8) in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division game.
It was the Cardinals' sixth-consecutive victory, marking the first time since the start of the 2003-04 season the team has rattled-off six in a row.
The Lady Cardinals led throughout most of the first half, leading by as many as 12 points twice. The latter 12 point lead came after junior forward Briana Graham sank two free throws to give SVSU a 30-18 lead with 8:05 left in the first half.
Saginaw Valley held on to the lead and a jumper from senior guard Kristen Greene with only five seconds left to play in the period gave the visitors a nine point lead heading into the break, 45-36.
Greene had 11 points and three rebounds in the first 20 minutes of play while senior guard Kayla Womack added eight points.
The Warriors held a slim 17-15 edge in rebounds and 52.0% to 45.9% advantage in overall shooting.
A triple from sophomore guard Katelyn Carriere at the 15:10 mark in the second half gave SVSU an 11 point lead, 57-46. The lead would be extended to 76-56 after a layup by junior forward Samantha Zirzow with 6:28 left in the game.
The Cards held onto the lead and would close-out for the seven point victory, 85-78.
Carriere netted 17 second half points to post a game-high 21 points, adding two assists and two steals. She earned Meijer "Player of the Game" honors.
Womack added 19 points, four rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals. Greene posted 16 points, seven boards and a team-best four assists. She now sits just one point shy of 1,000 for her career in a Cardinal uniform. Junior forward Shelby Herrington grabbed a team-high eight rebounds as well.
With the victory, Saginaw Valley improves to 12-7 overall and 10-6 in the GLIAC. The Warriors fall to 18-3 for the 2013-14 season and 15-2 in league play. It was SVSU's first win at WSU since February 17, 2007.
SVSU travels to the Upper Peninsula next week for a pair of GLIAC North Division matchups. The Lady Cardinals take-on Northern Michigan on Thursday (Feb. 13) before playing at Michigan Tech on Saturday (Feb. 15).