MIDLAND, Mich. - The Saginaw Valley State University women's basketball team made it four wins in a row after a 67-61 victory at Northwood University in a monday night Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) contest.
With the victory, the Lady Cardinals improve to 10-7 overall and propel to fourth-place in the division with an 8-6 GLIAC record. The Timberwolves fall to 10-9 overall and 8-7 in league play.
With the game tied at 12-12 at the 12:45 mark in the first half, Northwood rattled-off eight straight points to grab a 20-12 advantage.
A pair of jumpers from senior guard Kayla Womack wrapped around an NU layup by Taylor Roe cut the lead to 22-16. However, the T-Wolves would extend their lead to 10 points (29-19) with 5:48 left to play in the opening half.
A 10-0 SVSU run knotted the score at 29-29 with 3:42 left after seven points from senior guard Kristen Greene and a three-point play from Womack.
NU would close-out the half with a 7-3 run that sent the teams into the break with the score 36-32 in Northwood's advantage.
Womack led all scorers in the first half, connecting on 5-of-6 shots and adding a free throw for 11 points. Greene added seven first half points and had four rebounds.
The Lady Cardinals held a slight 17-14 edge in rebounding and 50.0% to 46.7% edge in overall shooting.
Saginaw Valley worked its way back to take a 42-41 lead at the 15:07 marker in the second half after a jumper from Greene.
Northwood grabbed the lead right back, and it wasn't until there was 9:19 left in the game when Womack made a layup to give the visitors a 52-51 edge.
SVSU held on to the lead from there, using four consecutive free throws by sophomore guard Katelyn Carriere when the lead was only two points to push the lead out to 67-61. That's where the score would stand, as the Cardinals claimed the six-point victory.
Greene added 11 second half points to finish with a game-high 18. She added nine rebounds, narrowly missing out on her third double-double of the season. Greene was selected as the Meijer "Player of the Game" for her efforts.
Womack finished with 13 points, three boards and two assists while Carriere had 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Junior forward Samantha Zirzow posted a team-high 10 rebounds aside from nine points.
SVSU out-rebounded Northwood 45-30 and out-shot the T-Wolves by a margin of 48.3% to 35.9%. The Cardinals posted a 44-32 edge in points in the paint as well.
Saginaw Valley returns home for a Thursday night matchup against Lake Superior State University. Tip-off is set for 6:00 pm in SVSU's O'Neill Arena.