Cascades women’s hoopsters drop exhibition decision to UBC

Amanda Thompson looks to enter the ball into the post to teammate Kayli Sartori. (Wilson Wong / UBC Athletics photo)

Amanda Thompson looks to enter the ball into the post to teammate Kayli Sartori. (Wilson Wong / UBC Athletics photo)

The University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team got off to a great start, but the UBC Thunderbirds battled back to earn an 84-62 exhibition win on Friday evening at UBC’s War Memorial Gym.

The Cascades raced out leads of 9-2 and 15-6, and maintained a 34-31 advantage with three and a half minutes left in the second quarter. But the host T-Birds ended the frame on a 14-2 run to take a 45-36 lead at the break, and they kept the Cascades at bay in the second half.

“We had a great start,” UFV head coach Al Tuchscherer noted. “The girls game out with a lot of energy, and we looked like we’d made some strides this week. They played some good basketball in the first quarter.

“In the second quarter UBC switched into a zone, and they were switching their D back and forth, and that took us out of the rhythm of the game. That gave some of their kids a chance to get going offensively, and it really turned the game around.”

Kayli Sartori paced the Cascades with 21 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field, to go with a game-high nine rebounds. Shayna Litman continued her strong preseason with 15 points (7-of-12 from the field), and Sydney Williams went 3-of-5 from beyond the arc en route to nine points.

UBC’s Kara Spotton led all scorers with 25 points, and Shilpa Khanna (16 points) and Maddison Penn (15) also scored in double figures.

The Cascades continue their preseason at home on Saturday, taking on the PACWEST’s Capilano Blues at 11 a.m. at the Envision Athletic Centre, pending the resolution of weather-related power outages which caused the cancellation of Friday evening’s volleyball games on campus.

The UFV basketball teams open the Canada West regular season Nov. 4-5 at home against the Saskatchewan Huskies.

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