HILLSDALE -- The Cardinal Women's Basketball team hit the road for the 2019 season opener on Friday (Nov. 8), playing at regional foe Hillsdale College in a morning matchup. After trailing 27-21 at the halftime break, Saginaw Valley outscored the Chargers by a 32-23 count the rest of the way and got a game-winning triple from sophomore guard Maddie Barrie for a 53-50 win.
SVSU trailed 9-7 after the first 10 minutes of action. Kaitlyn Zarycki led the offensive attack with five points in the frame. Barrie tacked-on five points in the second quarter for SV, which was outscored by an 18-14 mark in the second quarter of play to put the score at 32-23 at the half.
The Cards had their best shooting output in the third, hitting on 7-of-13 shots for a 53.8% while outscoring Hillsdale 17-10 in the quarter. Maddie Maloney had a team-high six points in that quarter, leading the visitors to a 38-37 lead after 30 minutes of action.
In the fourth quarter, the score remained tight throughout and a pair of free throws from Zarycki knotted the game at 50-50 with just 53 seconds left to play. The Cardinals then took advantage of a turnover by Hillsdale and got a three-pointer from Barrie with just 19 seconds to play, making the score 53-50 in SVSU's favor.
HC attempted a long triple as time expired, which fell no good and the Cards moved to 1-0 on the season with the three-point victory.
Inside the Boxscore
- Zarycki had a team-high 11 points in her first career collegiate game. She added a game-high four steals.
- Barrie was in double-figures in scoring as well, adding 10 points with two assists and two rebounds.
- Kyndall Spires and Aaaliah Hill each added eight points while Kaitlyn Geers had a game-best eight boards.
- Maloney had six points and a game-high six assists and Ashley Buchholz added six points and six rebounds.
- SVSU shot 34.5% from the field while Hillsdale was 32.7%.
- The Cards forced 21 turnovers and committed 12 in the contest.
- HC out-rebounded SVSU 41-35 but Saginaw Valley posted a 21-10 edge in the paint and 21-7 edge in bench scoring.
From Head Coach Jenny Pruett
"We talk about it all the time. Basketball is a game of ups and downs. We stayed poised and had some clutch plays down the stretch. Ashley Buchholz had a huge offensive rebound, Maddie Barrie with the game-winner and Kaitlyn Zarycki had some clutch free throws. Different players stepped up and gave Hillsdale some problems. I'm proud of everyone's effort today! We had a great support system on our side here in Hillsdale and we want to thank all the fans that showed up this morning!"
Saginaw Valley hits the road again for a Sunday (Nov. 10) game at the University of Findlay in another regional tilt. Tip-off will be at 2:00 p.m. in Ohio. You can follow the action live at svsucardinals.com.
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