Women’s Basketball News

Clara Gascoigne had a game-high 19 points to lead the third-seeded Saint Mary’s Huskies to a 69-42 victory over the #7 Fraser Valley Cascades in the Consolation Semifinals Friday evening at the Saville Centre.

Schedule & Results

Both teams impressed on the defensive end, but the Huskies were able to hold the sixth-best offence nationally in Fraser Valley to just a 26.8% mark from the field (15/56). They rode an insanely hot 27-point opening quarter to the final buzzer, never trailing in the contest.

“We knew we had to match their intensity and try to get some bodies on them to not allow a lot of space,” said Huskie’s head coach Scott Munro, adding “we did a really nice job defensively.”

Gascoigne had three makes from deep to lead a Saint Mary’s offence that popped 40 three-point attempts in the game – 21 more than the Cascades. Lucina Beaumont flanked her with a double-double, recording 12 points and 11 rebounds in the win.

Forward Julia Tuchscherer was a bright spot for the Cascades as her 12 points and 15 rebounds were both team-highs.

Fraser Valley, the Canada West bronze medalists, finish their tournament 0-2 but still record their best national finish since their last appearance in 2014. The Huskies will play in the Consolation Final tomorrow at 3PM MST against the winner of tonight’s Consolation Semifinal featuring the #5 Alberta Pandas and the #8 Calgary Dinos.

It was not hard to see the Huskies gameplan early – shoot threes early and often. Six of their first eight attempts were from deep and it worked swimmingly with Saint Mary’s connecting on two of those in what was an early 10-3 run to snag the momentum off the tip. The Cascades were also prevented from getting much going on their offensive end, with the Huskies escaping the first with a 27-12 lead. They hit seven threes in quarter, including two from Gascoigne who led all scorers with 10.

The Cascades tightened up defensively in the second, with the Huskies missing their first 10 attempts from the field, but still struggled to get points on the board on the other end enroute to a 36-25 halftime deficit. The teams shot a cumulative 7-for-31 (22.5%) from the field in the frame.

Gascione led all scorers at the break with 12, while Julia Tuchscherer paced the Cascades with seven and added nine rebounds.

The third was another defensive onslaught as the squads combined for just 18 points, nine apiece. The Cascades were led by Natalie Rather who had three points on perfect shooting, while the Huskies missed all 14 field goal attempts but were kept afloat with success at the line going 9/10 in the frame. They entered the final quarter up 45-34.

Gascoigne and Saint Mary’s found their stroke in the final frame, outscoring the Cascades 24-8 to put the game on ice and advance in the Consolation bracket.

Boxscore

Players of the Game

Saint Mary’s: #8 Clara Gascoigne

UFV: #10 Julia Tuchscherer