UNIVERSITY CENTER -- A 21-point fourth quarter push wasn't enough for the SVSU Women's Basketball team, as the Lady Cardinals fell at home by a narrow 60-56 score to the Ferris State University Bulldogs.
Saginaw Valley falls to 3-16 overall on the year and 3-9 in the GLIAC while Ferris State improves to 11-7 overall and 8-4 in league action.
The first half was closely contested, with the Cardinals holding a slim 11-10 edge after 10 minutes of action. The Bulldogs, however, bounced back to post an 18-14 advantage in the second quarter to take a 28-25 lead into the halftime break.
Ferris State separated a bit more in the third, outscoring SVSU by a 21-10 margin to lead by a 49-35 score heading into the fourth, which was its largest lead of the contest.
The Cardinals battled back in the final 10 minutes of action, working the deficit down to just a pair twice, with the second coming as 33 seconds remained and the visitors led 58-56 after a Kaitlyn Geers layup.
The Bulldogs then hit a pair of free throws with seven seconds left and secured the 60-56 win after a last second triple try for Saginaw Valley fell no good.
Inside the Boxscore
- Maddie Barrie had a team-high 15 points for the Cards, adding seven rebounds and two steals. She was named the Meijer "Player of the Game."
- Hannah Settingsgaard added 13 points with four boards, a steal and a block.
- Maddie Maloney matched a career-high with seven assists, adding eight points and a pair of boards.
- Geers added nine points and nine rebounds. The nine boards are a new career-best for her.
- Ferris won the battle on the glass 48-35 and posted a 48-34 lead in the paint.
SVSU hosts Lake Superior State on Saturday (Feb. 2) in another league matchup. Tip-off will be at 1:00 p.m. at O'Neill Arena. The teams met earlier this season, with the Cardinals coming away with a 73-67 win on the road on Dec. 6.
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