HUSKIES PLAY TOUGH AGAINST NO. 1 CASCADES2013-01-13
Abbotsford, BC…..The University of the Fraser Valley Cascades women’s basketball team defeated the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, 71-62, at the Envision Athletic Centre tonight to improve their Pacific Division record to 10-1. The Cascades are now 5-0 at the EAC this year. The Huskies record falls to 5-6 in the Prairie Division of Canada West.
The Cascades battled two opponents tonight the very talented Huskies team and a 40-day layoff since their last Canada West regular season game. While UFV came out strong and quickly established an early lead, the Huskies kept it close and trailed UFV by six points after the first quarter. The Huskies found their shooting range in the second quarter as they outscored UFV by 12 points to go into the locker room up by six points. This marks the first time all year that the Cascades trailed at the intermission at the EAC.
UFV shot 35 percent from the floor for the first half, while Saskatchewan hit for 40 percent. Aieisha Luyken, Mission, BC led all Cascades at the break with 11 points. Dalyce Emmerson, Prince Albert, SK led the Huskies at the intermission with a game high 15 points.
The second half started with UFV going on a seven point run to take back the lead at 36-35, three minutes into the quarter. UFV started to find their legs in the third quarter and played tremendous defense holding Saskatchewan to 8 points while building a six point lead going into the final quarter. The Huskies never quit and came within one point at 54-53, in the final quarter, before UFV when on a second seven point run to clinch their 10thvictory of the Canada West campaign.
Luyken led all scorers with a game high 24 point performance. Sarah Wierks, Chilliwack, BC added 21 points and 10 rebounds. UFV shot 52 percent in the second half and 44 for the game. The Cascades out rebounded Saskatchewan for the game 33 to 22. Emmerson led Saskatchewan with 18 points, followed by Riley Humbert, Saskatoon, SK and Kiera Lyons, Ryley, Alberta both with 10 points.
UFV will face the University of Alberta Pandas, 7-4, after their 73-53 victory over TWU tonight in Langley, BC.