Cascades women’s hoopsters wrap up exhibition tourney with loss to Carleton

Shayna Litman scored a team-leading 18 points in a preseason loss to Carleton.

The University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team, playing its third exhibition game in three days, dropped a 75-62 decision to the Carleton Ravens on Sunday morning.

The game was part of a preseason tournament hosted by the Thompson Rivers WolfPack in Kamloops, B.C.

Facing an opponent which won the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) conference championship and the U SPORTS bronze medal last season, the Cascades showed progress offensively. After shooting 25 per cent from the field in the second half and 43 per cent (13-for-30) from the free throw line in Saturday’s 69-49 loss to the Alberta Pandas, the UFV squad hit 46 per cent of their attempts from the field and 77 per cent (23-for-30) from the charity stripe against the Ravens.

Carleton, though, was more prolific from beyond the arc with nine three-pointers to the Cascades’ one, and they took better care of the ball, winning the turnover battle with just 16 to UFV’s 25.

The Cascades’ veteran stars were in fine form on Sunday. Shayna Litman racked up team-high totals of 18 points and eight rebounds, Taylor Claggett had an ultra-efficient shooting night (17 points on 6-of-7 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the line), and Sara Simovic scored 14 points. Carleton’s Stephanie Carr registered a game-high 19 points.

The UFV basketball programs continue their preseason schedules this coming weekend with home-court doubleheaders against the Victoria Vikes. Games run Friday, Oct. 13 (women 6 p.m., men 8 p.m.) and Saturday, Oct. 14 (women 1 p.m., men 3 p.m., South Gym) at the Envision Financial Athletic Centre.

The Cascades hoopsters open the Canada West regular season on the road vs. the UBC Thunderbirds Oct. 27-28. Home-opening weekend is Nov. 3-4 vs. the Mount Royal Cougars.

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