Pronghorns’ prowess on the boards powers victory over Cascades

Taylor Claggett (left) and Sara Simovic both scored in double figures for the Cascades on Friday at Lethbridge, but the Pronghorns prevailed. (UFV Athletics file photo)

A dominant rebounding performance paved the way to victory for the Lethbridge Pronghorns on Friday evening, as they knocked off the University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team 75-56 in Lethbridge.

The hosts out-boarded the Cascades 47-31, and pulled away in the second half to pick up their Canada West-leading ninth win of the campaign.

The Pronghorns (9-2) and Cascades (4-7) clash again on Saturday (5 p.m. MT / 4 p.m. PT, CanadaWest.tv).

“Lethbridge plays with a lot of determination and passion, and they’re playing with a lot of confidence right now,” UFV head coach Al Tuchscherer said. “They were real tenacious on the boards tonight, and that put us on our heels. We were never able to adapt.”

The Pronghorns built a 20-11 advantage at the end of the first quarter, but the Cascades drew to within 34-29 at halftime after Jessica Zawada nailed a three-pointer late in the second.

UFV opened the third quarter in promising fashion, scoring six of the first eight points capped by a Kate Head trey to close the gap to 36-35.

But it was all Pronghorns from there. They responded with a 15-3 run, highlighted by a trio of triples, to re-extend to lead to 13, and they scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter to go up by 20 (59-39) and effectively drain any suspense from the proceedings.

Fifth-year forward Shayna Litman’s 17 points were a team high for UFV, and Sara Simovic and Taylor Claggett both cracked double figures with 11 points apiece. Simovic’s seven rebounds and four assists were both team highs.

Kacie Bosch paced the Pronghorns with 19 points and added eight rebounds, Zoe Dahl notched 18 points, and Danielle Fritzke and Kathryn Hankins scored 10 each.

UFV (36.5 per cent from the field) shot the ball marginally better than Lethbridge (36.0 per cent), but the Pronghorns had an additional 23 field goal attempts (75 to 52) due to their edges in rebounding and turnovers (13 for Lethbridge, 18 for UFV).

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