Bobcats rally to edge Cascades in exhibition action

Victoria Jacobse chipped in with 12 points off the bench on Friday vs. Brandon.

A promising start gave way to a tough finish as the University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team fell 58-51 in exhibition action to the Brandon Bobcats on Friday.

Playing at Terry Fox Secondary in Port Coquitlam, the Cascades raced out to a 34-23 lead at halftime. But the visiting Bobcats rallied after the break, outscoring UFV 35-17 the rest of the way en route to victory.

“A solid first half for us with some good things happening, and in the second half they went to a zone (defence) and we couldn’t hit a shot and couldn’t find what we were looking for in our offence,” Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer said. “It was frustrating.

“Lots of learning for us – the players and the coaches.”

The Cascades were solid at both ends of the floor in the first half, shooting 42.4 per cent from the field while limiting the Bobcats to 28.6 per cent shooting. After the break, though, UFV went ice-cold against the Bobcats’ zone, hitting just 7-of-36 (19.4 per cent) from the field. Brandon battled back behind Mikaela Stanton, who scored 14 of her game-high 18 points in the second half.

Cascades fifth-year forward Shayna Litman notched a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, Victoria Jacobse sparked the team off the bench with 12 points, and Taylor Claggett registered nine points and 13 boards.

Lauren Anderson (10 points, 10 rebounds) joined Stanton in double figures for the Bobcats.

The Cascades are off to Kamloops this weekend for a preseason tournament hosted by the Thompson Rivers WolfPack. On Saturday they take on the Alberta Pandas (5 p.m. start) and on Sunday they face the Carleton Ravens (9 a.m.).

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