The University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team discovered on Friday evening that the UNBC Timberwolves’ win-loss record isn’t indicative of their ability.
The T-Wolves came in with a 1-9 record, but had the Cascades on their heels throughout the first half and built a 40-20 lead at the break. UFV tried to fight their way back into it in the second half, but the deficit was too much to overcome, and the visitors came away with a 63-47 victory.
It was a historic effort for the T-Wolves, who earned their first-ever win over the Cascades and matched their team record for fewest points allowed since joining CIS in 2012.
UFV, meanwhile, lost the rebounding battle 57-33 and struggled to generate offence, shooting just 22.4 per cent (13-for-58) from the field and 8.7 per cent (2-for-23) from beyond the arc.
The Cascades (6-5) get another crack at UNBC (2-9) on Saturday evening at 5 p.m. at the Envision Athletic Centre.
“I thought UNBC was fantastic tonight,” UFV head coach Al Tuchscherer said. “They defended really well, they had a lot of energy, they hit shots, and they got a lot of momentum going in the right direction. Once they started hitting shots, they started hitting tough shots, and then they started hitting everything. And we just could not get it going, particularly offensively.
“The second half, we battled pretty hard. That’s something we need to do moving forward.”
The Timberwolves quickly jumped out to a 9-2 lead, and after the Cascades cut the deficit to 13-9, the visitors ended the opening frame on a 10-0 run. UFV tried desperately find both its rhythm and an answer to UNBC’s Maria Mongomo. The guard, hailing from Las Palmas, Spain, dumped in 12 points in the first quarter, including two from beyond the arc to pace the visitors.
UFV’s woes continued in the second quarter, and they carried an underwhelming 19.2 shooting percentage into the locker room at halftime.
The Timberwolves, for their part, went 15-for-33 on field goals while hauling down 28 rebounds to UFV’s 13 over the first two quarters, all culminating in a commanding 40-20 lead.
An 11-2 run for UFV in the latter stages of the fourth quarter drew them to within 11 points, but the T-Wolves fended off their rally.
Mongomo led the UNBC charge offensively, finishing with 18 points and nine rebounds on the night. The Timberwolves also saw a strong performance from second-year guard Hannah Pudlas, who registered 11 points and 14 boards en route to a double-double.
UFV’s Kayli Sartori registered a double-double of her own with 14 points and 10 boards, to go with seven steals and four blocks. Fifth-year guard Shayna Cameron chipped in with 12 points.
– by Russell Arbuthnot, UFV Cascades communications staff