The SVSU women’s basketball team hosted back-to-back home games last week, splitting the contests.
The Cards faced No. 1 Ashland University on Thursday, Jan. 18, losing 112-69, and Tiffin on Saturday, Jan. 20, winning 86-61. The team now stands at 5-13 on the season and 5-6 in GLIAC play.
The Cardinals kept it close against Ashland after one quarter of play as they scored 16 to the Eagles’ 22.
Ashland’s full-court trap and ball movement began to slow the Cardinals down by the end of the second quarter.
The Eagles forced 13 Cardinal turnovers in the half and assisted on 18 of their 22 made field goals, including 7-13 from beyond the arc.
Prior to the game, head coach Jamie Pewinski emphasized the amount of effort and stamina it takes to compete with the likes of Ashland.
“Ashland is going to pressure and trap the entire game, and they fast break as well as anyone in the country,” Pewinski said. “On top of that, they are very deep, so they are able to sustain that pace. If you’re able to stick with them for any length of time, they will probably wear you down by the fourth quarter.”
SVSU shot 2-11 from beyond the arc and 14-37 from the field in the first half.
The second half played much like the second quarter, as Ashland outscored SVSU 55-33.
The Cardinals turned the ball over 29 times which led to 35 Eagles points.
Ashland had 35 team assists compared to 15 from the Cardinals. The Eagles scored 33 of their 112 points on fast breaks.
As a unit, SVSU shot 36.5 percent from the field and made 6 of 19 three-point attempts. Ashland shot 59.2 percent from the field and 12 of 22 from beyond the arc.
Sophomore guard Francesca Coury led all Cardinals with a career-high 15 points, coming on five three-point shots.
Abby Duffy recorded her third double-double of the season. The junior forward tallied 14 points to complement her 12 rebounds.
The Lady Cards bounced back with a strong performance against Tiffin.
The first half of play concluded with SVSU on top 43-25.
The team hit 17 of 37 shots and grabbed 27 rebounds as Tiffin made just 10 shots and grabbed 14 boards.
SVSU dominated out of the break going on an 18-2 run, supported by four three-pointers, to start the third quarter of play.
The team locked down Tiffin’s offense, allowing 12 third-quarter points on three shots. SVSU scored 30 points in the quarter, shooting 12-20 from the field.
Tiffin outscored SVSU 24-13 in the final quarter of play as Pewinski gave the young bench some meaningful minutes.
The Cardinals had one of their better offensive performances, as they shot 47 percent from the field and 42 percent from beyond the arc, both higher than season averages.
SVSU dominated the paint, as 52 of their 86 points came from inside the zone.
Six players scored in double digits, with redshirt freshman guard Laurel Jacqmain leading the way with 16 points.
Duffy added 15 on 7-10 shooting and nine rebounds. Junior guard Hannah Settingsgaard was perfect from the field, making all three of her three-point attempts and one of her two free throws to give her 10 points.
Junior guard Anna Hall was all over the court as she scored 10 points, collected seven rebounds and added five assists to go along with two steals. Freshman forwards Kierra Crockett and Kaitlyn Geers both scored 12 points off the bench.
This week, the team hosts Northwood University in its lone game. The Timberwolves come to town on Saturday, Jan. 27, for a 4 p.m. tip-off.