Cascades stomp Spartans to finish first
The University of the Fraser Valley women’s hoopsters achieved another landmark in what has been a season of firsts – they clinched a division title for the first time since joining the Canada West conference in 2006.
The Cascades were tied with the UBC Thunderbirds heading into the weekend, but controlled their own destiny because they owned the tiebreaker.
All they needed to do was sweep the Trinity Western Spartans to wrap up the regular season, and they got the job done by scores of 77-66 and 84-76.
Chilliwack’s Nicole Wierks led the way with a double-double (17 points, 11 rebounds) on Friday, and the Cascades got great production off the bench from the likes of Katie Brink (10 points, three rebounds) and Jaslyen Singh (six points, two assists).
UFV overcame a 24-point outing from TWU forward Holly Strom on Saturday as four players scored in double figures: Sarah Wierks (16 points, 14 boards), Kayli Sartori (14 points), Aieisha Luyken (14) and Nicole Wierks (12).
The Cascades women, ranked No. 4 in the nation at 18-4, also face the Saskatchewan Huskies (13-9) in the first round.
They host the best-of-three at the Envision Athletic Centre – games run Thursday, Friday and (if necessary) Saturday at 7 p.m. each night.