(UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich.) - Despite a fast star, Walsh couldn't hold on to a first half lead and fell to Saginaw Valley State by a score of 80-64 in GLIAC action Saturday afternoon. The Cavaliers are now 5-6 overall and 1-5 in the conference. The Cardinals improve to 6-3 overall and 4-2 in the GLIAC.
The Cavs jumped out to an early 9-0 lead over the course of three minutes to start the game. They eventually led by 17 after a Sarah Stevenson (So., 6-0, New Philadelphia, OH/HS) 3-pointer made the score 26-9 with 8:57 remaining in the first half. It was at that time that the SVSU offense picked up and scored the next nine points in part of a 21-7 run to close out the opening half with Walsh on top 33-30.
The momentum went in favor of Saginaw Valley State as an 8-0 run gave the hosts its first lead of the game early in the second half. Walsh regained the lead after a layup and free throw by Tara Gallupe made the score 39-38, but the Cardinals answered with a pair of free throws to regain the lead at 40-39 with 17:13 left in the game. It was a lead they didn't relinquish.
Saginaw Valley eventually pushed its lead to double digits with 5:15 left while the Cavs had trouble shooting from the field late in the game.
Jalynn Graham (Fr., 5-5, Columbus, OH/Central Crossing) paced the Cavs' attack with 13 points and also led the team with six rebounds. Kelsey Funderburgh (So., 5-7, North Lewisburg, OH/Triad/Morehead State) followed her up with 12 points.
Walsh now returns home and will look to rebound against Grand Valley State at Alumni Arena this Thursday. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.