MARQUETTE, Mich. - Saginaw Valley State University ran its winning streak to six games after a Thursday night road victory over the Northern Michigan University Wildcats by a score of 62-60. The Cardinals held off a late charge from the Wildcats in the final minutes of play for the win.
After an early 3-0 Wildcat lead, two buckets from Emily Wendling and another from Halee Nieman gave the visitors a 6-3 lead with 7:39 showing on the clock. Northern Michigan took the lead back and led until SVSU used consecutive baskets from Katelyn Carriere and Grace Whelan to knot the score at 16-16 with with 1:21 to go in the first quarter. NMU scored in response to that, making the count 18-16 17 seconds later to finish the first frame with that score.
Back-to-back buckets from Wendling opened play for the second, giving SVSU a 20-18 advantage at the 8:52 marker. Three ties would ensue from there, with the third coming at 24-24 on a Wildcat layup with 5:15 on the clock. Wendling and Abby Duffy would add a couple baskets, grabbing a 28-24 edge with 4:09 remaining in the half. After another tie at 28-28, NMU regained the lead and would carry a 32-29 edge at halftime.
The Cardinals got the lead back with 6:40 on the clock in the third quarter at 38-37 after Carriere made good on a pair of free throws. After the home squad led 43-38, Wendling connected on four free throws, followed by a Nieman layup and three-pointer from Francesca Coury to give SV a 47-43 lead with 2:35 to play in the third. Carriere closed-out the quarter with a made layup in response to a Wildcat 48-47 lead, giving the visitors a 49-48 edge heading into the fourth. The Cards posted a 20-16 advantage in the third quarter.
That would propel SVSU to score the next eight points as well, compliments of three Wendling layups and one from Carriere, to to make the lead nine points (55-48) at the 6:52 point. That marked the largest lead of the night for either team. The Wildcats cut the lead to a pair at 61-59 with just over a minute to play and to a single point at 61-60 after two missed Cardinal free throws. With just a few seconds remaining, Carriere would go to the line and make the second of two tries, making the score 62-60. That would be the final scoring for the game, as the Wildcats couldn't get a shot off and Saginaw Valley improved to 19-4 overall on the season.
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From Head Coach Jamie Pewinski
"We got a great effort tonight against a tough Northern Michigan team in a tough place to play. We just stayed the course and kept with the game plan, through some tough adversity. We were forced to use some different lineups, but we just continued to work hard. Any road win in this conference is big, so we're very excited to get this one!"
Saginaw Valley continues on in the Upper Peninsula Saturday, taking on the Michigan Tech University Huskies in a 1:00 p.m. matchup. The Cardinals defeated the Huskies by a score of 79-67 on Saturday, Jan. 14. Michigan Tech is coming off a 79-61 home victory over Wayne State on Thursday night.
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