UNIVERSITY CENTER - The Saginaw Valley State University women's basketball team hosted Marygrove College on Sunday (Dec. 21) afternoon in a non-conference matchup at SVSU's O'Neill Arena. Using a balanced effort with four players scoring in double-figures and three with at least 10 rebounds, the Lady Cardinals posted a 92-46 victory over the Mustangs.
SVSU got off to a hot start in the game, scoring the first 12 points, half by senior Samantha Zirzow to give the home team the 12-0 lead at the 16:30 mark.
After leading 18-5, a layup from sophomore Emily Wendling capped-off a 15-0 run to give SV a 33-5 advantage with 9:37 remaining in the first half.
The home squad would push the lead out to 32 points a pair of times, once when sophomore Abby Schlicher made good on a layup to make the score 48-16 with 4:06 left and the second when freshman Hailey Krewald drained a pair of free throws with 42 seconds showing on the clock in the first half.
A late three-pointer by Marygrove cut the Cardinal lead to 50-21, and that's what the score would remain as the teams headed into the halftime break.
The Lady Cardinals were 50.0% (18-36) from the floor in the opening 20 minutes while holding the Mustangs to a mark of only 17.1% on 6-of-35 shooting. SV dominated the paint with a 26-6 advantage and had 14 fast-break points compared to four for Marygrove.
Zirzow had a huge first half, netting 16 points and four rebounds. Wendling had seven first half points with 12 rebounds and two blocks. Senior Briana Graham added 10 rebounds in the opening period and four points.
Saginaw Valley overcame a slow second half start and pushed the lead out to 40 points after junior Alex Green hit on a free throw to make the score 74-34 with 8:07 remaining in the contest.
The home team would lead by as many as 48 points (91-43) with 2:21 left to play and the Lady Cards would close-out for a 46-point victory, 92-46.
Green and freshman Jessica Alexander led the way offensively in the second frame, both scoring nine points in the final 20 minutes. Wendling had seven second half points and senior Shelby Herrington grabbed seven boards.
The Lady Cardinals finished the game with a commanding 63-36 edge on the glass and 47.1% to 18.0% advantage in shooting percentage. SV held a 48-8 edge in the paint and the Cardinal bench out-scored the opponents, 28-6.
Zirzow finished the game matching a season-high with 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting, adding six rebounds and three assists. She earned Meijer "Player of the Game" honors for the second consecutive contest.
Wendling posted her fourth double-double of the season, recording 14 points and tying a season-best with 15 boards. Green had 13 points while posting a career-high with six assists. She tied a season-high with five rebounds as well. Alexander also tied a season and career-high with 13 points, adding three boards and an assist.
Graham had a career-high 15 rebounds, adding six points while Herrington posted 10 rebounds in the contest. Schlicher had career-highs with nine points and three rebounds as well and Krewald added nine points as well.
The victory improves SVSU's record to 5-5 overall while the Mustangs fall to 2-12 on the 2014-15 season.
Saginaw Valley returns to GLIAC action Friday, January 2nd on the road at Malone University. Tip-off for the game against the Pioneers is set for 6:00 pm.