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Cardinals outlast Pride 81-73 in 2 OT

Cardinals outlast Pride 81-73 in 2 OT

UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. – The Saginaw Valley State University women's basketball returned to the win column after surviving a double-overtime battle with Purdue Northwest on Saturday at the James E. O'Neill Jr. Arena.

The Cardinals outscored the Pride 13-5 in the second overtime to secure an 81-73 victory. The win snaps a three-game losing skid and moves SVSU to 13-7 overall and 8-5 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

How it Happened:

  • Both teams came out firing in the first quarter with the Cardinals shooting 70 percent from the field and the Pride shooting 56.3 percent. The game was tied at 22-22 after the first.
  • Maloney scored nine of her 18 points in the first quarter, all coming on three 3-pointers.
  • After a pair of free throws from the Pride, PNW led 29-24 with 7 minutes to play in the first half.
  • Kaitlyn Zarycki netted a pair of free throws 3 seconds before halftime to cut the PNW lead to 38-37 at the break.
  • The shooting for the Cardinals and Pride cooled off in the second half.
  • Down two points, the Pride came up with a steal and Dash Shaw was fouled with 20 seconds to play. She hit both free throws for the Pride and the SVSU buzzer-beater was no good setting up overtime.
  • The Cardinals led 67-64 in the first overtime with 21 seconds to play, but the Pride used four free throws in the final seconds to tie the game and send it to a second overtime.
  • The second overtime started with the teams trading 3-pointers. SVSU closed the game on a 10-2 run to close out the win.

Inside the Box Score:

  • Kaitlyn Zarycki led the Cardinals with 26 points on 9-of-18 shooting. She added five steals and four assists.
  • Tori DePerry finished with a double-double, as she recorded 18 points and 14 rebounds, including nine in the third quarter.
  • Maddie Maloney added 18 points and six assists.
  • The Cardinals shot 24-of-50 from the field, 6-of-14 from deep, and 27-of-37 from the line. SVSU won the rebounding battle 40-26.
  • Dahs Shaw led the Pride with 24 points, seven rebounds, and five assists off the bench.

From Head Coach Jenny Pruett:

I'm so proud of the fight today. They were exhausted but fought through a lot and came out on top. It was a great environment to compete in today.

Z had a great performance scoring throughout the game. Maddie Maloney came out hot and it was so good to see her get going. She finished the game with six assists and one turnover. That is an amazing stat line for her. Tori was a beast in the paint and so was Kyndall. We attacked the paint and were able to get their post in foul trouble.
Saniaa Walker came in and slowed Shaw down and Maddie Barrie hit some clutch free throws at the end

I'm so proud of all these girls and the roles they play. We need a big team effort to win these games. Everyone is tough in the GLIAC and every game is a hard battle. Proud we have a team to get us through each game.

Up Next:

The Cardinals remain home to host Northern Michigan University for a makeup game at 2 pm Monday at the James E. O'Neill Jr. Arena.