Cardinals soar past Lakers 72-51

Photo Courtesy Sam Downs
Photo Courtesy Sam Downs

UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - Lake Superior State women's basketball fell 72-51 against Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foe Saginaw Valley State on Thursday evening.

The Lakers (4-15, 2-10 GLIAC) shot 50-percent on field goals (6-12) and hit two-of-four three-point field goals to hang with the North Division leaders in a 16-16 tie after one quarter of play. The Cardinals (14-4, 10-2 GLIAC) hit just five-of-20 shots during the opening 10 minutes but made five of six free throws.

Junior forward Natalie Peterson scored the Lakers' only two field goals, a pair of layups five minutes apart, as the team's only other points came on free throws in the second period. SVSU was able to outscore the Lakers 14-9 to close the first half with a 30-25 lead.

Reigning GLIAC Player of the Year Emily Wendling hit on 7-of-10 shots from the floor in the second half for 17 points in 13 minutes of work while the Lakers struggled to score in the final 20 minutes. Wendling finished with a game-high 30 points.

Freshman guard Claire Radtke led the team with 11 points and three assists and also tied for a team-high six rebounds. Senior guard Mackenzie Edwards finished with 10 points as the only other LSSU player to reach double digits in scoring.

The Lakers suffered one of their lowest shooting percentages of the season in the loss, hitting just 19-of-53 shots from the floor and shooting just 26.7 percent (4-15) on three-point field goals. The Cardinals rebounded from a poor first half shooting performance to hit 15-of-26 shots from the field in the second half.

LSSU closes the weekend at Wayne State at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Saturday's contest will be televised live throughout the state on Comcast channel 900.