The University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team wrapped up its exhibition schedule with a 67-43 loss to the Calgary Dinos on Saturday afternoon at a preseason tournament hosted by the University of Victoria.
The Cascades struggled in the early going, falling behind by double digits in the first half. They played the Dinos even the rest of the way, but the deficit was too much to overcome.
“They came out with a lot of pressure, and we didn’t deal with it very well,” UFV head coach Al Tuchscherer said. “Things spiralled a bit in the first half. The second half, we regrouped and had some moments where we were pretty good. But you just can’t put yourself in that kind of hole and expect to have a positive result.”
The Cascades basketball teams open the Canada West regular season at home next weekend against the Saskatchewan Huskies. Games run Friday (women 6 p.m., men 8 p.m.) and Saturday (women 5 p.m., men 7 p.m.) at the Envision Athletic Centre.
Kayli Sartori scored 13 points against the Dinos in limited minutes, while Shayna Litman (10 points), Taylor Claggett (eight points) and Jessica Zawada (seven points) also chipped in offensively.
Tuchscherer was pleased with his team’s effort in a 66-57 loss to the Regina Cougars on Friday, and noted that the next step for his youthful squad is putting forth that type of performance consistently.
“That’s just part of the evolution of a young team trying to figure things out – putting two quality games together in a row,” he said. “We had one quality game this weekend, and we couldn’t build on that. That being said, I thought at halftime we regrouped a little bit and our third quarter was pretty solid. We played them even in the second half.”