Score: Southern Indiana 86, Saginaw Valley 60
Records: USI (2-0) | SVSU (0-2)
Location: USI Arena
Evansville, Ind. — The Cardinal Women's Basketball team competed in the final game of the 2017 GLIAC/GLVC Challenge on the road against the University of Southern Indiana Sunday (Nov. 12) afternoon. Saginaw Valley trailed by just five points at the half but couldn't overcome a strong fourth quarter from the Screaming Eagles, falling by a final score of 86-60.
Southern Indiana started out hot with a 7-0 lead over the Cardinals and would keep the edge for the remainder of the first quarter, 24-19. Laurel Jacqmain led SVSU with 10 points in the opening 10 minutes of play.
Saginaw Valley quickly responded in the second quarter with Anna Hall posting a layup with 8:41 left to go to take its first lead of the game at 26-24. The Eagles took charge for the remainder of the half, outscoring the Cards 18-11. SVSU headed into the locker room trailing 42-37 behind USI.
Hall had a solid first half, scoring 11 points with two assists and two rebounds.
With Francesca Coury's triple in the third quarter, SVSU quickly drew to within a single point of the Eagles with the score 46-45. This would be the closest the team would get to a lead for the remainder of the contest.
Heading into the final 10 minutes, the Cardinals trailed by 11 points at 61-50. USI would go on to take the victory 86-60 with a solid offensive performance in the fourth.
Hall lead the Cardinal offense again in the second half, adding five points, four rebounds, two steals and one assist. Coury added five second half points.
Inside the Boxscore
- Hall had another solid performance for the Cardinals, scoring a team-high 16 points. She added a team-best six rebounds, two steals and three assists, earning herself back-to-back "Meijer Player of the Game" accolades.
- Southern Indiana show 54.2% (32-59) from the floor while Saginaw Valley shot 47.1% (24-51)
- The Eagles connected on 15-17 shots from the foul line while the Cardinals were 6-11 from the charity stripe.
- Saginaw Valley out-rebounded USI by a narrow 29-28 mark on the glass.
- USI converted 31 points off 28 SVSU turnovers while the Cards had 15 points off 20 Eagle turnovers.
- Jacqmain added 12 points, five rebounds and two steals. All of those are career-highs in her second contest.
- Coury was also in double-digit figures scoring, adding 11 points on 4-5 shooting and 3-4 from three-point range.
From Head Coach Jamie Pewinski
"As a team we took some big strides today. I thought we handled the full court pressure pretty well for about 33 minutes, but we had too many breakdowns to give ourselves a chance in the end. We did a much better job battling on the boards today and this will be an area we will continue to work on as we keep preparing for conference play. Southern Indiana is a very good team and playing them early in the season like this will make us a much better team in the long run."
The Cardinals will head home for their first game of the season in the James E. O'Neill Jr. Arena Thursday (Nov. 16) night against regional opponent Hillsdale. Tip-off is slated for 6:00 p.m.
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