Spartans bounce back to salvage weekend split with Cascades

Sara Simovic scored 10 points in the Cascades' loss to TWU on Saturday. (UFV Cascades file photo)

Sara Simovic scored 10 points in the Cascades’ loss to TWU on Saturday. (UFV Cascades file photo)

The University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team settled for a weekend split against the Trinity Western Spartans, dropping a 65-51 decision on Saturday evening.

The Cascades had won the opener of the home-and-home series on Friday at the Envision Athletic Centre by a score of 60-47, but the Spartans bounced back to win the rematch at the Langley Events Centre behind 15 points from Jessie Brown.

Taylor Claggett led the Cascades (2-2) with 17 points, while Shayna Litman had 13 points and Sara Simovic added 10. Kayli Sartori, who entered the game averaging 18.7 points per game, was held to just eight points.

Kayla Gordon (13 points) and Tessa Ratzlaff (12 points) also scored in double figures for TWU, who improved to 3-1.

“Give Trinity full respect – they had a great bounce-back effort tonight that we were not prepared for and did not adapt to,” Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer said.

The Spartans raced out to a 14-point lead, 24-10, after the first quarter, and were in control the rest of the way. TWU held UFV to 19 points through the first half and 28 through three quarters.

“Many lessons for our team tonight,” Tuchscherer said. “Putting back-to-back games together, adjusting to the environment for their home opener, adjusting to how we are being officiated, and being able to execute when you absolutely need to stop a run.

“Unfortunately sometimes these lessons need to be learned the hard way. We had physical effort until the end and I think we will be better because of this game.”

The Cascades basketball teams are heading into a bye week, and return to action Nov. 25-26 with home games vs. the UNBC Timberwolves.

– with files from Mark Janzen, TWU Athletics

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