NCAA’s Rebels edge Cascades

The University of the Fraser Valley women's basketball team fell to the Mississippi Rebels for the second time in three nights, dropping an 85-69 decision to the visiting NCAA Division 1 squad at the Envision Athletic Centre on Friday.

UFV Cascades point guard Celeste Dyck's pump fake drew Ole Miss opponent Valencia McFarland (3) into the air during Friday's exhibition game at the Envision Athletic Centre.

UFV Cascades point guard Celeste Dyck's pump fake drew Ole Miss opponent Valencia McFarland (3) into the air during Friday's exhibition game at the Envision Athletic Centre.

The University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team fell to the Mississippi Rebels for the second time in three nights, dropping an 85-69 decision to the visiting NCAA Division 1 squad at the Envision Athletic Centre on Friday.

Ole Miss jumped out to an early lead, but the Cascades stayed with the Rebels, trailing 20-16 after the first quarter and 37-33 at halftime.

The Rebels pulled away steadily after the break to seal the 16-point victory.

Senior point guard Tessa Klassen paced the Cascades with 17 points, six rebounds and four assists. Courtney Bartel chipped in with 13 points and Aieisha Luyken scored 10. Whitney Harneth led the way for the Rebels, scoring a game-high 21 points.

The Cascades women wrap up their preseason series against NCAA foes on Sunday, Aug. 14, when they host University of Louisville at 7 p.m.

The UFV men’s hoopsters host the University of Texas-Arlington on Aug. 22, Whitman College (NCAA Div. III) on Aug. 26, and the University of Santa Clara on Sept. 9. Each of the games tips off at 7 p.m.