The Cascades opened a seven-point lead just past the midway point of the second quarter, but the Ravens responded with an 11-0 run and kept the pedal to the metal from there.
Lindsay Shotbolt did much of the damage for Carleton, racking up 21 points and nine rebounds. The Ravens dominated on the glass – they hauled down 23 offensive rebounds en route to a 50-32 overall edge in that department.
Sarah Wierks notched 14 points and 13 rebounds to pace the Cascades in both categories, while Kaitlyn McDonald knocked down 3-of-4 attempts from beyond the arc en route to 11 points.
“It’s just the youthfulness of our team,” UFV head coach Al Tuchscherer analyzed. “There’s not a lot of resiliency in our game right now – when things go wrong, we don’t have the ability to hit the brakes.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do.”
It was a costly loss for UFV – just 18 seconds after subbing into the game in the first quarter, third-year forward Katie Brink absorbed an elbow to the face and exited with a broken nose.
“She’s in good spirits, so we’ll see how it all plays out,” Tuchscherer reported. “She’s a big part of what we do . . . not having her today was a little bit tough.”
Up next for the UFV women’s hoopsters is their annual preseason tournament. On Friday, Oct. 17, they face the Queen’s Golden Gaels at 3 p.m., and on Saturday, Oct. 18 they take on the UBC Thunderbirds at 5 p.m.