Cascades women’s hoopsters launch preseason with three games in three days

Taylor Claggett and the Cascades play this Brandon Bobcats, Alberta Pandas and Carleton Ravens this weekend.

The University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team begins its preseason in earnest this weekend, as they face a trio of U SPORTS opponents in a three-games-in-three-days gauntlet.

The Cascades’ last game action came nearly two months ago, when they hosted the NCAA Div. 1 University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Mocs and dropped a 74-71 decision.

They open their weekend exhibition slate with a Friday night date against a fellow Canada West foe, the Brandon Bobcats, at Terry Fox Secondary in Port Coquitlam. Tip-off is at 6 p.m. The two teams faced off twice during the 2016-17 Canada West campaign, splitting a pair of games, but do not play one another in regular-season action in 2017-18.

The Cascades then head to Kamloops for a preseason tournament hosted by the Thompson Rivers WolfPack. On Saturday, they face the Alberta Pandas (5 p.m. start), another Canada West program which isn’t on their 2017-18 regular-season schedule. And on Sunday morning, they take on the Carleton Ravens (9 a.m. start), a strong Ontario University Athletics (OUA) squad which won its conference championship and the U SPORTS bronze medal last season.

The Cascades women’s basketball team, with head coach Al Tuchscherer at the helm for the 16th year, opens the Canada West regular season on the road vs. the UBC Thunderbirds, Oct. 27 and 28. Home-opening weekend is Nov. 3-4 vs. the Mount Royal Cougars.

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