Abbotsford – Women’s Basketball: Sartori claims Canada West scoring title as Cascades wrap up regular season with sixth straight win
Kayli Sartori scored 24 points to claim the Canada West scoring title by a single point as the University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team defeated the Mount Royal Cougars 82-54 on Saturday evening in Calgary.
It was the regular-season finale for both teams, and the Cascades (13-7) earned their sixth straight victory. UFV finished third in the Explorer Division, while Mount Royal (2-18) was sixth.
“We got a better start tonight and opened up a bit of a lead early, and kind of maintained that the rest of the game,” Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer said. “We were solid at both ends of the floor tonight. Now it’s on to prepping for next week.”
The Cascades open the playoffs at home – they host the UBC Thunderbirds (9-11) in a best-of-three first-round series this week. Games run Friday (6 p.m. tip-off), Saturday (6 p.m.) and Sunday (5 p.m., if necessary) at the Envision Athletic Centre.
Sartori came into Saturday’s action trailing Megan Wood of the MacEwan Griffins by 13 points in the conference scoring race. She turned in a fantastic performance, shooting 8-of-13 from the field, 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, and 5-of-6 from the free throw line en route to her game-high point total, and added six rebounds and five assists.
Wood, meanwhile, scored 10 points in Explorer Division-leading MacEwan’s 75-60 victory over the UNBC Timberwolves. That gave Sartori the scoring title by the slimmest of margins – she amassed 368 points in conference play (18.4 points per game) to Wood’s 367 (18.35 ppg).
Sartori, a graduate of Abbotsford’s W.J. Mouat Secondary, becomes the third Cascade to claim the Canada West women’s basketball scoring crown. Jane Meadwell achieved the feat in 2009-10, averaging 19.5 points per game, and Sarah Wierks topped the conference scoring chart in 2014-15 with 19.2 points per game.
UFV led 14-13 at the end of the first quarter on Saturday, and seized control with a 9-0 run to open the second. Four different players scored baskets during that dominant stretch.
The Cascades got the lead up to 20 points midway through the third quarter, and they cruised from there.
Katie Brink had a terrific outing for UFV, posting 15 points and nine rebounds, and Kaitlyn McDonald came off the bench to pour in 12 points in 16 minutes, going 4-for-6 from three-point range. Taylor Claggett hauled down a game-high 13 rebounds to go with her eight points, as the Cascades out-rebounded Mount Royal 52-29.
Katie Waring drilled a trio of three-pointers to pace the Cougars with 15 points.
“I think it’s important to have a little bit of momentum going into the playoffs,” Tuchscherer said, reflecting on his team’s six-game win streak to finish the regular season. “You can’t really replicate playoff basketball, but you want to be feeling good about yourself going into playoffs, that’s for sure.”
Men’s Basketball: Cascades fall to Cougars in regular-season finale
The University of the Fraser Valley men’s basketball team wrapped up the regular season with a 94-83 loss to the Mount Royal Cougars in Calgary.
With nothing on the line standings-wise, Cascades head coach Adam Friesen elected to give his veterans a light workload for the second straight night. UFV’s starters took a seat on the bench with five minutes left in the third quarter and did not return.
In their absence, the Cougars ended the frame on a 15-5 run to take their first lead since early in the first quarter. The Cascades’ bench crew battled back to cut the deficit to 82-81 with three and a half minutes remaining in regulation, but the hosts ended the game on a 12-2 run.
Mount Royal evened its record at 10-10, but finished fourth in the Explorer Division and will not advance to the Canada West playoffs. The Cascades (12-8) finished second in the Explorer, and will enjoy a first-round bye before hitting the road to face the Manitoba Bisons in a best-of-three quarter-final series.
“Mount Royal played really well this weekend and played really hard,” Friesen said. “We’re done with the regular season now, and we’re looking forward to starting the playoffs.”
The Cascades’ starters flexed their muscles in the early going, building a 27-12 lead at the end of the first quarter after shooting 60 per cent from the field in the frame. The Cougars battled back to get the deficit down to four points in the second quarter, but UFV finished strong and took a 44-35 lead into halftime.
The Cascades’ lead was 53-50 when the starters exited, and the reserves hung with the Cougars until the final minutes of the fourth quarter.
“I thought in the first half, we played well and kept our momentum going from last weekend,” Friesen said, alluding to his team’s home-court sweep of the Explorer Division-leading Thompson Rivers WolfPack. “We’re looking forward to carrying that momentum forward two weeks from now.”
Kevon Parchment paced the Cascades with 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, while Manny Dulay’s 14 points were highlighted by a 4-of-6 performance from beyond the arc. Brandon Burke scored 12 points off the bench, and Nate Brown also hit double figures with 10 points.
Mount Royal fifth-year forward James Lefebvre scored a game-high 19 points on his Senior Night, and centre Brett Layton racked up 17 points, 15 boards, six steals and four assists.