WolfPack edge Cascades 67-62 in Kamloops

The University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team dropped a 67-62 decision to the Thompson Rivers WolfPack on the road on Friday evening in Kamloops.

The Cascades fell behind by 10 points in the third quarter, but battled back to tie it 44-44 early in the fourth after Hailey Kendall hit a three-pointer. The host WolfPack, though, responded with a 12-2 run to regain control, highlighted by six points from Taiysa Worsfold.

UFV (4-3) was able to claw back to within three points with a minute left in regulation, but TRU (5-2) fended them off down the stretch to improve to 5-2 on the season.

“Really, a step back from us tonight with respect to our chemistry and how we flow (offensively),” Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer analyzed afterward. “I thought Thompson Rivers made us play at a different pace, and we regressed instead of adapted.

“If it’s going to be a bunch of one-on-one basketball and holding the basketball, that’s not going to work for us.”

The two teams clash again tomorrow in Kamloops. Tip-off is at 5 p.m., and the game can be viewed live online at ufv.canadawest.tv.

Individual statistics were not available immediately post-game due to technical issues.

Neither team shot the ball terribly well – the Cascades hit 35.8 per cent of their attempts from the field, while the WolfPack shot 32.9 per cent. But TRU won the battle of the boards decisively, 52-35.

“Instead of letting that team push us to another level, we went back to old habits,” Tuchscherer said. “It’s unfortunate, but we’ll have to learn and figure it out.”

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