Cascade basketball women hammer Heat

The University of the Fraser Valley women's basketball team is 12-4 after two weekend wins over UBC-Okanagan.

The University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball seems to be back on track after one-sided weekend wins over the UBC-Okanagan Heat.

Friday’s opener was a blowout, with the Cascades opening a 33-15 halftime lead en route to a 66-31 triumph.

Chilliwack’s Sarah Wierks paced the attack with 15 points. Ukrainian import Nataliia Gavryliuk added 13 points and Coquitlam’s Shayna Litman had 10.

Collectively, the stingy Cascades held the Heat to just 23.4 per cent shooting from the field.

Saturday’s rematch was a closer affair.

Every time the Cascades appeared poised to pull away, UBC-O would mount another mini-run to stay close.

UFV prevailed regardless, 65-52, to improve to 12-4 and maintain a one-game lead over UBC and UVic for first place in the Pacific division.

Wierks had another solid game with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Litman added 13 points and Mission’s Aieisha Luyken chipped in with 12 points and five assists.

But winning results aside, Cascade coach Al Tuchscherer didn’t seem all that impressed.

“Not our best night tonight. I thought our approach was sloppy and that continued for most of the game,” he said. “UBCO played with a lot of desire tonight and we didn’t execute our game plan at all.  We were fortunate to leave the game with the win. We will have to be much better moving forward.”