The UFV Cascades women’s basketball team kept pace in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s competitive Explorer division, with a pair of wins over the Mount Royal University Cougars on Jan. 8 and 9.
The Cascades opened up a 25-5 lead in the first quarter of the Jan. 8 game, en route to a 73-58 win.
“It was the start that we wanted – we were energized, we played some tough D, and we were sharing the ball,” said Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer, whose team was up 41-16 at halftime. “It was a great way to start the second half of the season.”
Forward Taylor Claggett scored a career-high 23 points, and shot a sparkling 90 per cent from the field to lead UFV. Kayli Sartori added 17 points, and returning forward Katie Brink scored 13.
The women followed that up with a 64-52 win on Jan. 9 over the Cougars, fueled by a 16-4 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters.
“I was really happy with our effort tonight,” Tuchscherer said. “I don’t think it was just rebounding, either – it was a grittier performance.”
Sartori led the way for UFV with 21 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Claggett had a double-double, with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Shayna Cameron added 11 points and seven boards.
Claggett, a 2015 MEI grad and Cascades rookie, earned Canada West third star of the week for her efforts in the pair of wins.
UFV remains in a logjam for second place in the Explorer, with the same amount of wins (six) as both the UBC-Okanagan Heat and the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack.
Men split with Cougars
Game one against the Cougars was the Kevon Parchment show for the Cascades men’s team. The fifth-year guard filled the stat sheet against the Cougars, with 28 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, six steals and two blocks in a 89-75 UFV win.
“Every area of the box score, he was present,” said men’s head coach Adam Friesen. “First game coming out of the break, some teams need to find a boost to kind of get back into it. We needed one, and Kevon was there to give us one in a big way.”
It was a different story on Jan. 9, as the Cascades lost 86-71 in overtime to MRU under bizarre circumstances.
UFV’s Manny Dulay hit a buzzer-beater three-point shot to send the game to the extra frame, but a short bench ended up costing the Cascades.
UFV only had eight players dressed for Jan. 9, and by overtime three of those eight had fouled out. The first minute of overtime saw two more Cascades players foul out, and the team was forced to play with just three men for the remainder of the game.
Dulay had a team-high 19 points in the loss, while Parchment had 12 points and 16 rebounds.
For more details on the teams, visit ufvcascades.ca.