Cox’s 37-point outburst boosts Bobcats past Cascades

Shayna Litman and the Cascades dropped the first game of a two-game weekend set in Brandon. (UFV Athletics file photo)

Shayna Litman and the Cascades dropped the first game of a two-game weekend set in Brandon. (UFV Athletics file photo)

A relentless offensive performance from Keisha Cox powered the Brandon Bobcats to a 75-62 win over the University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team on Friday evening in Brandon.

Cox, the Bobcats’ fourth-year shooting guard, racked up 37 points on 11-for-17 shooting from the field, 3-for-6 from beyond the arc, and 12-for-15 from the free throw line.

Kayli Sartori replied with 20 points for the Cascades (4-3), who get another crack at the Bobcats (3-6) on Saturday evening (5 p.m. Central time, webcast at ufv.canadawest.tv).

“It was a real lackadaisical performance from us,” Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer analyzed. “We were unfocused, we weren’t able to execute to get a stop when we needed it or get a score when we needed it, and Brandon took advantage of it.”

The Cascades led by five points (31-26) midway through the second quarter after a pair of Shayna Litman free throws, but the host Bobcats ended the frame on a 9-2 run to take a 35-33 lead into the break.

Brandon picked up where they left off in the third quarter, opening on a 12-2 run with Cox leading the charge. Cox poured in 16 points in the frame – when she wasn’t draining three-pointers, she weaving her way into the paint for layups or to draw fouls.

The Cascades went on a 7-1 run, capped by a Sartori three-ball, to cut the deficit to seven (63-56) midway through the fourth quarter, but they would get no closer.

Both teams struggled to take care of the basketball, combining for 53 turnovers (28 for UFV, 25 for Brandon). The Bobcats won the battle of the boards decisively, 49-36.

Lauren Anderson (12 points, 10 rebounds) was the only other Bobcat aside from Cox to score in double figures. Sydney Williams registered 12 points for the Cascades, and rookie guard Amanda Thompson counted a pair of three-pointers among her career-high 10 points.

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