Daniel Herrick, University of Saskatchewan
SASKATOON – The University of the Fraser Valley Cascades knocked off the University of Saskatchewan Huskies 74-62 Friday night on Ron and Jane Graham Centre Court at the PAC to force a deciding Game 3 in a Canada West Quarter-final series.
The Cascades used a strong second quarter to take a lead that they would not relinquish for the remainder of the game. UFV went on a 14-0 run, holding Saskatchewan scoreless for over six minutes, to help build up a 10 point half time lead.
With the win, the two teams will meet again on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the deciding game of the best-of-three series. The Fraser Valley win is the second time they have knocked off the No. 8 ranked Huskies after winning one of two meetings on the opening weekend of the season.
The Huskies got out to a quick start on Friday night, up 13-3 midway through the first quarter. The Cascades closed the first with nine straight points to cut it to 13-12 heading to the second.
UFV outscored Saskatchewan 22-11 in the second quarter to lead 34-24 at half.
The Huskies came roaring back in the third quarter. After scoring just 24 points in the first two quarters combined, Saskatchewan put up 25 points in the third frame. The solid quarter cut the 10 point halftime deficit to just two.
The Cascades were not about to let their hard work go to waste, going back up five early in the fourth looking to maintain the lead and force a third game. The Huskies cut the lead to three after a Libby Epoch steal and layup, but again the visiting Cascades would come up with another basket at the other end to keep the Huskies at bay. Fraser Valley continued to slowly extend the lead down the stretch capitalizing from the free throw line to earn the 12 point victory.
Kayli Sartori led Fraser Valley with 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting in the game. Taylor Claggett and Sara Simovic added 17 and 15 points respectively. Shayna Litman led the Cascades on the glass with nine rebounds to go along with her 10 points.
Sabine Dukate scored a game-high 21 points for Saskatchewan. Megan Lindquist and Summer Masikewich each hit double digits with 14 and 10 points. Lindquist grabbed a team-high eight boards.
The deciding Game 3 of the series will tip off Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the PAC.