15-point deficit too much to overcome
December 7, 2009 —
Since starting the season 2-1, the SVSU women’s basketball team has cooled down as they dropped their second straight Thursday night to the visiting Findlay University Oilers.
The Lady Cardinals hung tough with undefeated Findlay, despite starting the game behind 7-0, and being down by as much as 15 points in the first half. Not to be discouraged, they rallied after halftime to pull within three points with 9:42 to play after an 11-2 run, capped by a basket by Grace Herzog. However, that would be as close as they would get, as Findlay responded with a 9-0 run of its own to put the game out of reach. The score was 69-61.
The Cardinals were led by player of the game Jasmine Kennedy, who scored 11 points and added five rebounds. Other Saginaw Valley players reaching double-digit points were Kelley Wesp and Tasha Balls, who scored 10 apiece for the Lady Cards, who fall to 2-3 (0-1 GLIAC) on the season.
Findlay was led by Audra Mihalic and Laura Bardall who scored 20 points apiece to lead The Oilers, who improved to 5-0 (1-0 GLIAC) with the win.
The Cardinals actually out-shot Findlay, finishing the game with a 44.2 percent mark, compared to Findlay’s 40.3 percent. Another statistical bright spot for Saginaw Valley was rebounds; the team held a 38-36 edge in that category.
The key difference in the game was three-point shooting. SVSU connected with only two of the 12 trey attempts, while Findlay sank eight of 29 attempts.
The other statistic that turned the game was turnovers. The Oilers were able to get 11 steals and turn the ball over 16 times, as opposed to the Cardinals, who had only five steals of their own to go with 19 turnovers.
The next chance to go support the Lady Cardinals at home will be Saturday, Dec. 19, when they take on Ashland. Tip off is 5 p.m.