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SPARTANS FALL TO CASCADES IN FIRST LEG OF HOME-AND-HOME SERIES

SPARTANS FALL TO CASCADES IN FIRST LEG OF HOME-AND-HOME SERIES

ABBOTSFORD, British Columbia – The University of the Fraser Valley women's basketball team reeled off an 18-0 run bridging the third and fourth quarters to spark a 60-47 victory over the Trinity Western Spartans on Friday evening at the Envision Athletic Centre.

The Spartans led 40-37 with just over a minute remaining in the third quarter following a Kayla Gordon (Prince George, B.C.) layup, but the host Cascades caught fire at that point. Taylor Claggett kick-started the run with an and-one layup, and Kayli Sartori scored eight of her game-high 23 points during that stretch as UFV cruised to the double-digit victory.

The Cascades (2-1) and Spartans (2-1) complete the home-and-home set on Saturday at the Langley Events Centre, with tip-off set for 5 p.m.

"Tonight's game was a tough one," said Spartans Cheryl Jean-Paul. "I think we were on the right path until the last few minutes in the third. We were getting frustrated with our shot selection and let the defensive side slip and sometimes just a few possessions can turn the game. I'm looking forward to our response tomorrow. We need to clean up some spacing issues and revisit the game plan and be the better version of ourselves that we know we can be."

The first quarter was played at a breakneck pace – the two teams traded baskets in the early going, and the Cascades led 21-19 at the end of the frame.

The offences cooled off somewhat in the second quarter – UFV's lead was 33-29 at halftime – but the Spartans found some traction in the third and led by as many as four points before the Cascades started to roll late.

Jessie Brown (Langley, B.C.) paced the Spartans with 13 points while Gordon scored 12. Tessa Ratzlaff (Abbotsford) had a team-high eight rebounds to go with eight points.

In addition to her 23 points, Sartori racked up nine rebounds and five steals for UFV. Claggett chipped in with 14 points, while Sara Simovic notched 10 points and seven assists.

The Cascades shot 44.8 per cent (26-58) from the field, while TWU shot just 34.6 per cent (18-52). Both teams had 33 rebounds.

Game Notes: The Spartans were held short of starting the season with three straight wins, which would have been a program first…TWU had opened the season with two wins over UBC Okanagan…the last time TWU beat UFV was Jan. 28, 2012, when the Spartans won 71-59 at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre…the Cascades largest lead of the game was 16 points, while TWU's biggest lead was five points.

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