The SVSU women’s basketball team is off to its worst start in over five years after dropping its first two home games of the season last week.
After losses to Hillsdale on Thursday, Nov. 16, and to Ursuline College on Saturday, Nov. 18, the Lady Cardinals find themselves 0-4 on the year.
Against Hillsdale, junior guard Hannah Settingsgaard posted career highs on both sides of the court as SVSU lost its home opener 69-58.
Both teams got off to a slow start, as it took over two and a half minutes for the first points to be scored. Hillsdale had four turnovers in five possessions by that point in the first quarter, ending the quarter with eight.
Freshman guard Rozhane Wells was the first Cardinal to score and tie the game at two. Settingsgaard made a layup with three seconds left in the quarter to give SVSU a 10-9 lead heading into the second quarter.
Freshman forward Kierra Crockett and Settingsgaard helped the Cardinals to a 6-0 run to start the quarter, before a Hillsdale three-pointer brought the run to an end.
Hillsdale tied the game at 23 with five seconds left in the quarter.
SVSU struggled from the field in the third quarter, shooting 5-18 as Hillsdale scored 24 in the quarter. Settingsgaard scored nine of SVSU’s 18 points. She also had three steals.
Hillsdale extended its lead in the fourth, outscoring SVSU 22-17 en route to an 11 point victory.
Settingsgaard finished the game with career highs in points, with 22, and steals, with six. She also had five rebounds.
“Hannah had a great game,” head coach Jamie Pewinski said. “We have been asking her to do a little more for us without sacrificing her on-ball defense, and Thursday she did exactly that.”
Anna Hall was the team’s second leading scorer. The junior guard scored nine points on eight shots. She also had four rebounds and three assists.
“We were slow getting started, but overall, I thought we ran some pretty good offense and had good ball movement,” Pewinski said. “I don’t think we’ll go 2-19 from three very often, but we have to trust the right shooters are taking the right shots, and (Thursday) I thought we did that.”
Hall added that it was the team’s positioning on the court, not their offense, that needed to improve.
“Some of the biggest adjustments we need to make involve our spacing,” Hall said. “We aren’t going to change our offense in any way. We just need to focus on being more spaced and in our right spots to open some things up for us.”
The team hosted Ursuline College on Saturday, Nov. 18, losing 80-71.
Settingsgaard again led the Cardinals with 20 points on 7-13 shooting and three steals.
Ursuline had two players with 20 or more points. Forward Laney Lewis posted a triple-double of 15 points, 20 rebounds, and 11 assists to pace the Arrows.
For SVSU, junior forward Abby Duffy and redshirt freshman Laurel Jacqmain were the other starters to score in double digits, with 14 and 12, respectively. Duffy also added seven rebounds.
Hall scored seven points to go along with team highs of eight rebounds and four assists.
SVSU heads on the road again this week, as they travel to Ohio Dominican University on Tuesday, Nov. 21, for a 5 p.m. tip-off. The team will remain in Ohio as they will play Glenville State on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 1 p.m.