UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - The Saginaw Valley State University women's basketball team notched its fifth-consecutive victory on Thursday night (Feb 6), posting a 71-60 victory over the Lake Superior State University Lakers in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division matchup.
The first half featured five ties and seven lead changes. After the fifth and final tie of the half, a pair of free throws from senior guard Kristen Greene gave the Cards a 22-20 advantage with 5:30 left. A pair of free throws from junior forward Shelby Herrington and buckets from Greene and fellow senior guard Kayla Womack finished an 8-0 run for SVSU, making the score 28-20 in its favor.
The Lakers cut into the lead a bit, but a Herrington jumper with just over two minutes left in the period pushed the lead back out to seven at 32-25, which is what the scoreboard showed heading into the break.
SVSU owned a 20-10 edge in points in the paint and out-rebounded LSSU by a 21-17 mark in the first 20 minutes of play. Both teams were perfect from the free throw line in the first half, with SV going 9-of-9 and Lake State shooting 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.
Womack led all first half scorers with 11 points. Junior forward Samantha Zirzow had seven points and four rebounds.
The home squad's lead reached double-digits for the first time at the 16:35 mark in the second half, as a pair of freebies from junior forward Briana Graham made the score 44-34.
Trailing by 11 points with 5:10 left to play, Lake State rattled-off seven points in a row to cut the deficit to four points at 59-55.
That's as close as the Lakers would get, as the Cards extended the lead out to 13 points (71-58) with 33 seconds left, their largest lead of the game. A pair of late LSSU free throws with 18 seconds left to play made the score 71-60, which is what the final score would prove to be.
Womack posted a game-high 21 points in the game, notching her sixth 20-point game of the season. She added four rebounds while being named the Meijer "Player of the Game."
Sophomore guard Katelyn Carriere added 13 points and four rebounds for the Lady Cards. Zirzow and Greene each added 11 points, with Zirzow grabbing a game-high eight boards. Herrington added seven rebounds as well for Saginaw Valley.
With the victory, SVSU improves to 11-7 overall and 9-6 in the GLIAC while the Lakers fall to 5-17 overall and 5-11 in league play.
Saginaw Valley takes to the road on Saturday (Feb 8), as the Lady Cardinals start a four-game road trip with a contest at league-leading Wayne State University. Tip-off is set for 1:00 pm, as the game will be televised on Comcast Channel 900.