The SVSU women’s basketball team split its last games prior to the start of the new semester, losing to Wayne State, 69-43, on Jan. 11, and winning against Davenport, 68-58, on Jan. 13.
After those games, SVSU has an overall record of 4-12 and a GLIAC record of 4-5.
In Detroit against Wayne State, guard Laurel Jacqmain recorded her second double-double of the season, as she posted a career-high 21 points on 8-13 shooting and an efficient 4-8 from beyond the arc. The redshirt freshman also tied a career-high with 10 rebounds.
Wayne State jumped out to a 13-8 lead at the end of the first quarter before outscoring SVSU 24-9 in the second to take a 37-17 halftime lead.
SVSU posted 14 points in the third quarter, but Wayne State recorded another high-scoring quarter with 19 points, extending its lead even further.
Head coach Jamie Pewinski brought in the reserves for most of the fourth quarter, as the game had gotten away from the Lady Cards. Wayne State scored 13 to SVSU’s 12 points in the concluding quarter.
The team has had highs and lows this season, having one of the younger and more inexperienced teams in the conference, as SVSU is the only GLIAC team that does not have a senior player and has only three junior players on the roster.
Heading into the season, Pewinski knew the challenges that having a young squad of players would bring, but the team has adapted well in some areas.
“Overall, I think we are pretty good defensively, which I thought would take us a little longer to figure out,” Pewinski said. “In conference games, we are fourth in points given up, which is really good. Now we just have to find a way to adjust our offense to raise all of our percentages. I think it’s just a matter of time, and it’s definitely something we’re working on while trying to continue to improve our defense.”
Against Davenport, the Cardinals had three players in double figures, with junior guard Anna Hall leading all scorers with a season-high 17 points. She also tallied a career-high six steals and grabbed five boards.
Junior guard Hannah Settingsgaard scored 16, and Jacqmain added 14.
The Cardinals were down 25-20 at halftime, making eight of their 25 shots.
A three-pointer made by Jacqmain sparked a 7-0 run to begin the third quarter that gave the Cardinals their first lead since the first quarter.
SVSU held Davenport to 10 points on 4-16 shooting as they outscored them 22-10 in the quarter.
The fourth quarter saw 18 free throw attempts, as Davenport attempted to close the gap with fouling. The strategy was to no avail, as SVSU outscored them 26-23.
As a unit, SVSU shot 39 percent from the field, 3-14 from beyond the arc and 25-34 from the charity stripe.
The gap between total rebounds was slim with SVSU grabbing 37 rebounds to Davenport’s 32. Davenport had 13 assists to the Cardinals’ eight.
“Any time you go through a stretch where you’re losing a bunch of games in a row, it gets difficult to continue to buy-in to the process of getting better, because everyone is so results-oriented,” Pewinski said. “We have weathered that storm and got a couple wins that helped build our confidence. … I think we’re past the most difficult part of the year. We’ve learned how to compete and what it takes, and now we just have to find a way to do it consistently. When you’re as young as we are, that is the most frustrating part.”
The team has a string of GLIAC home games this week as it hosts No. 1 Ashland University on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m.
On Saturday, Jan. 20, Tiffin University comes to the O’Neill Arena for a 1 p.m. tip-off.