Saginaw Valley State snapped a 10-game losing streak and picked up its first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) victory of the season with a surprising 68-63 triumph over Ferris State in women's basketball play Saturday (Jan. 10) afternoon at O'Neill Arena in University Center, Mich.
The two teams battled to a 34-34 halftime tie, but the Cardinals rallied from a five-point second half deficit to notch the win and improve to 2-11 overall and 1-7 in GLIAC action. FSU dropped to 3-8 overall and 1-6 in the GLIAC with the setback.
While FSU forced 26 turnovers in the game, Saginaw Valley State managed to shoot 52% (27-52) from the floor and hold Ferris to only 35% (23-65) shooting as the Cardinals beat the Bulldogs for the third consecutive year on their home floor.
The Bulldogs took the loss despite 17 points from senior forward/center Jenna Guay. Sophomore forward Tiara Adams was the only other FSU player to reach double-figure scoring with 13 points.
Meanwhile, freshman Marah Kyle paced the Cardinals with a game-high 22 points in 38 minutes of action. Kelley Wesp also played 38 minutes and tallied 16 points while Tricia Everett totaled 14 points in 37 minutes.
Ferris led by as many as 10 points in the opening half but could never firmly take control of the game.
FSU connected on only two-of-15 (13%) three-pointers and was 15-of-26 (58%) at the free throw stripe compared to SVSU's 11-of-16 (69%) effort at the line and three-of-nine (33%) performance from beyond the arc.
The Bulldogs return home to host archrival Grand Valley State in a "Big Monday" matchup this Monday evening (Jan. 12) starting at 6 p.m. (EST) inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena at Big Rapids, Mich. The outing opens a five-game homestand for the Bulldogs.