The University of the Fraser Valley Cascades defeated the Ball State University Cardinals, 60-57, in their first preseason exhibition game of the 2012-13 season. This marks the second time in the women's basketball program's history they defeated a NCAA Division One team, UFV defeated Wichita State Shockers, 66-60, five years ago, at the EAC. UFV will host Schreiner University Mountaineers (San Antonio, Texas) tomorrow night at 7PM.
The Cascades came out strong and showed their trademark defense was already midseason form holding their division one opponents to 11 first quarter points. UFV led after the first quarter by four points and continued to hold onto the lead as the Cardinals went on a six point run in the second quarter to pull within one point at the half.
In the second half, Ball State outscored UFV by two points to take the lead at the end of the third quarter and then built up a six point lead midway through the final quarter before UFV started its comeback outscoring the Cardinals by 12 to 3 count to win the international exhibition game at Envision Athletic Centre. Courtney Bartel, a fourth year guard from Chilliwack, BC, hit a three pointer with less than one minute remaining to give UFV the lead and second year forward Kayli Sartori, Chilliwack, BC stole a Ball State pass with 14 seconds remaining to clinch the victory.
Sarah Wierks, Chilliwack, BC led all Cascades with a game high 15 point performance. Nicole Wierks, Chilliwack, BC and Bartel each added 12 points in the victory. Nicole Wierks pulled down seven total boards for UFV. Brandy Woody, Thorntown, Indiana and Jasmin Hitchens, St. Louis, Missouri each scored 14 points for Ball State. Woody and Shanee' Jackson, Hilliard, Ohio each recorded seven rebounds as Ball State outrebounded UFV 41 to 36 for the game.
The Ball State women's basketball team will return home Wednesday from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with a 2-2 record.
Ball S U 11 20 13 13 = 57
UFV 15 17 11 17 = 60
Top Scorers: BSU: B Woody & Jazmin Hitchens 14 points each/ UFV: S Wierks 15 points
Team Rebounds: BSU: 12+29=41/ UFV: 7+29=36