Dinos rally past Cascades women’s hoopsters in second half

It was a tale of two halves for the University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team in their first exhibition game of the fall.

In the opener of a two-game preseason set at the Envision Athletic Centre on Friday evening vs. the Calgary Dinos, the Cascades got off to a solid start. They built leads of 19-12 and 32-25 at the end of the first two quarters, and limited the visiting Dinos to 35 per cent shooting from the field.

In the second half, though, Calgary’s offence ignited. They shot 62 per cent from the field the rest of the way, en route to a 69-57 win.

The two teams clash again on Saturday at 6 p.m. on the Abbotsford campus.

“It was a good test for a lot of our new kids tonight, playing an experienced, long Calgary team,” Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer analyzed. “We had some successes early in the game, and then in the second half, things fell apart a little bit for us and the game got away.”

The third quarter was the Cascades’ undoing – the Dinos out-scored them 24-11 in the frame, and Tuchscherer termed it a “really sloppy” stretch for his squad at both ends of the floor.

“You’re kind of trying to adjust on the fly with a bunch of new players, and that’s a bit of a challenge,” he noted.

UFV’s Kayli Sartori, back for her fourth season with the Cascades after taking the 2014-15 season off, led the squad with a game-high 25 points. Thompson Rivers transfer Sydney Williams chipped in with nine points on 3-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc, and fellow transfer Shayna Cameron (formerly of Quest University) scored eight points.

Claire Colburne paced a balanced Dinos attack with 14 points, while Anmol Mattu (13 points), Kelsey Lund (11) and Kristie Sheils (10) also scored in double figures.

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