UFV’s Taylor Claggett became both the Cascades’ all-time leading scorer and set the record for the most free throws made in the Canada West over the weekend. (Rich Abney/UNBC Athletics)

History-making weekend for Mission’s Claggett

UFV basketball star Taylor Claggett rewrites record books against UNBC

Mission’s Taylor Claggett made history twice in Prince George over the weekend.

On Friday, the women’s basketball star became the all-time Canada West leader for free throws and, on Saturday, she became the Cascades’ all-time leading scorer.

Claggett made her 456th career free throw on Friday, surpassing former Saskatchewan Huskies star Sarah Crooks. She ended Friday with 463. She still has eight more games to rewrite the record books.

She was dominant in Friday’s 79-67 win over the UNBC Timberwolves, collecting 30 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Cascades.

Claggett then passed UFV’s Sarah Wierks on the program’s all-time scoring list on Saturday. Wierks had previously set the mark of 1,321, but Claggett now sits at 1,324 and counting.

The Cascades edged UNBC 75-71 on Saturday, and Claggett picked up another 17 points and 12 rebounds.

“Honestly, it wouldn’t have meant a lot if we didn’t get the win,” Claggett said, reflecting on the Cascades’ scoring record. “But now that I know about it (post-game), it’s nice. It’s not the goal I have for this year – I want us to go as far as we can in the playoffs, and getting the two wins this weekend goes a long way.”

“It’s a testament to her five-year career here, and what an effective player she’s been since day one,” UFV bench boss Al Tuchscherer said. “To get an all-time scoring record you need to be effective in all five of your years, and she really has been.”

Claggett was also named the Canada West second star of the week for her efforts against UNBC.

The women’s team now sits at 8-4 this season, good for fifth place in the Canada West standings. Claggett and the Cascades next battle local rival Trinity Western in a home-and-home series this week. Games ran Thursday (after press deadline) at the Langley Events Centre and Saturday at UFV’s Envision Financial Athletic Centre.

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