BIG RAPIDS -- The Lady Cardinals led wire-to-wire on Thursday (Feb. 6) night on the road at Ferris State, defeating the GLIAC North Division leaders by a final score of 82-68.
Saginaw Valley improves to 10-12 overall and 6-8 in the GLIAC while the Bulldogs fall to 15-7 and 9-5 in league play.
The Cardinals led throughout the opening quarter and first half, beginning with a quick 6-0 lead after two buckets from Tori DePerry and another from Kaitlyn Zarycki. The Bulldogs would close that gap a bit but the visitors were able to remain out in front by a 15-14 score at the end of the first quarter.
In the second frame, SVSU pushed its lead out to eight points (29-21) after a layup from Zarycki with 4:52 showing on the clock. After the Bulldogs trimmed the deficit to five points at 34-29, Zarycki made two straight baskets and another followed from Mariah Cook to give the Cardinals their first double digit lead of the game. That was 40-29 and would serve as the halftime score.
Saginaw Valley shot great through the first 20 minutes, going 18-of-31 for a 58.1% mark while Ferris was 11-of-26 for a 42.3% mark.
Zarycki led the way for the Cardinals in the opening half, making 7-of-10 shots for 15 points with three rebounds and a trio of assists. Maddie Maloney added seven points while Cook and Maddie Barrie each had five.
The third quarter saw the visitors outscore FSU 23-13 and leading by a game-high 19 points at 53-34 after Barrie hit a triple for the Cardinals. The lead would carry into the fourth quarter at 17 points after Kaitlyn Geers hit a layup right before the clock expired to put the score at 63-46.
The Bulldogs posted a narrow 22-19 edge in fourth quarter scoring but that was not near enough, as the Cardinals sealed the 14 point victory, 82-68.
Inside the Boxscore
- Zarycki finished with another stellar performance, hitting on 10-of-14 shots and finishing with a team-high 25 points. She added six rebounds, five steals and four assists.
- Maloney added 15 points, six assists, two steals, two boards and a block for SV.
- DePerry had 14 points with a game-high nine rebounds with an assist. She was solid at the free-throw line, connecting on 8-of-10 tries there and was named the Meijer "Player of the Game."
- Barrie finished with 11 points, a rebound and assist in the contest.
- Saginaw Valley matched a season-high with 21 assists in the game and shot a solid 52.8% (28-53) from the floor.
SVSU plays next in Sault Ste. Marie, making the trip north to face Lake Superior State University. That game will take place on Saturday (Feb. 8) at 1:00 p.m. Follow the action live at svsucardinals.com.
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