UNIVERSITY CENTER -- The Cardinal Women's Basketball team was impressive on Saturday (Feb. 1) at home against Michigan Tech, defeating the Huskies by a final score of 85-77. SVSU bounced-back from a first quarter deficit to claim the victory over Michigan Tech, securing the first regular season sweep over Tech since the 1990 season.
The victory moves SVSU to 9-12 overall on the season and 5-8 in the GLIAC. Tech falls to 7-13 and 5-8 in league play.
Michigan Tech started with a 16-12 edge over the Cardinals after 10 minutes of play. Saginaw Valley bounced-back in the second, posting a 24-20 advantage in the second quarter. Maddie Maloney went coast-to-coast and made a layup just before the buzzer to send the teams to the halftime break tied 36-36.
Saginaw Valley got a big third quarter from Kaitlyn Zarycki, who scored 13 of its 22 points and the home team held the Huskies to 13 in the frame to carry a 58-49 lead into the fourth.
Both teams had high-scoring outputs in the fourth quarter, with Tech narrowly outscoring the Cardinals 28-27. Zarycki added eight more in the fourth and Tori DePerry added seven in helping SVSU seal the 85-77 victory.
Inside the Boxscore
- Zarycki finished with a game-high 25 points, adding four rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block.
- Maddie Barrie added 18 points with three rebounds.
- DePerry had 14 points with five boards, a steal and a block.
- Maloney had a dozen points with five rebounds and eight assists while earning Meijer "Player of the Game" honors. Her eight assists matched her career-high, which was set earlier this season at Findlay.
- Mariah Cook had another solid game, tallying nine points, seven rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals.
- The Cards did work on the glass, out-rebounding the Huskies 36-22.
Postgame Interview - Jenny Pruett
SVSU hits the road for the next three games, beginning Thursday (Feb. 6) at Ferris State. Tip-off for that GLIAC matchup is set for 7:30 p.m. in Big Rapids.
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