A cold shooting performance sent the University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team to a 61-43 defeat at the hands of the Carleton Ravens on Friday at the Cougar Classic preseason tournament hosted by the University of Regina.
The Cascades held their Ottawa-based opponents to 34.5 per cent shooting from the field, but were only able to convert 25.8 per cent of their own shots, including an 0-for-18 performance from beyond the three-point arc.
“We didn’t shoot the ball very well,” Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer acknowledged. “We’re just not finding good shots within our offence yet, and I need to get them a bit better prepared for that. I’m really excited to get back in the gym with the team and work on that.”
Shayna Litman, coming off a 16-point outing against the Alberta Pandas on Thursday, led the Cascades in scoring for the second straight night, racking up 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field. Taylor Claggett notched eight points and a game-high 12 rebounds, while last season’s Canada West scoring leader Kayli Sartori was limited to six points on 1-of-14 shooting from the field.
Carleton’s Stephanie Carr counted five three-pointers among her game-high 22 points, and Nicole Gilmore snared 11 rebounds.
“I thought both Shayna and Taylor Claggett both battled hard – they had their hands full tonight,” Tuchscherer said. “Carleton has a lot of size, but they held their own.”
The Cascades wrap up their run at the Cougar Classic on Saturday vs. the Ryerson Rams (11 a.m. local time).