UFV's Kayli Sartori battles through double coverage during game two of the Cascades best-of-three series against the Calgary Dinos on Saturday.

UFV's Kayli Sartori battles through double coverage during game two of the Cascades best-of-three series against the Calgary Dinos on Saturday.

Cascades women’s basketball: Stayin’ alive

UFV bounces back after game one loss to even series

Kayli Sartori wasn’t going out like that.

Potentially playing in her final game as a graduating senior, Sartori put the UFV Cascades women’s basketball team on her back in the game’s dying moments to help the team win 61-59 over the Calgary Dinos a crucial game two on Saturday.

But she wasn’t alone in her clutch performance, as Shayna Litman scored huge back-to-back buckets to give the Cascades some breathing room late.

Sartori a team-high 23 points, while Litman had a solid seven points and six rebounds, while Taylor Claggett grabbed nine boards to pace the Cascades win.

It was a must-win situation for the Cascades, after falling 67-48 on Friday.

UFV came out on Saturday red-hot, outscoring the Dinos 14-5 in the first quarter, but Calgary tied the game up early in the second quarter, only to have UFV pull ahead 30-22 after two.

Calgary battled back in the third, cutting the lead to four points heading into the final frame, but Sartori and Litman’s timely buckets, along with big free throws from Sara Simovic sealed the win.

The Dinos had 21 points from Erin McIntosh, and also got 20 points from Michal Assaf off the bench.

The Cascades never trailed on Saturday, and now have a chance to win the series on Sunday.

The third game in the best-of-three series tips off at 5 p.m. on Sunday, with the winner advancing to the Canada West quarterfinals.

Check back tomorrow for all the details from game three.

In other Cascades basketball news, the men’s team has been eliminated from the postseason after falling 84-59 to the Winnipeg Wesman in the deciding game three in the Manitoba capital on Saturday.

UFV lost 82-76 in game one on Thursday, only to bounce back in game two to win 78-71.

For more on the men’s series, read Wednesday’s print edition of the Abbotsford News.