Cascades control playoff destiny

Dan Kinvig,

Black Press

If the University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team is looking for a theme song, Takin’ Care of Business by Bachman-Turner Overdrive would be a natural fit.

Like the Cascade men, the UFV women find themselves in ninth place with four games to go. But at 8-12, Al Tuchscherer’s squad has firm control of its playoff destiny.

The Cascades are currently trailing Thompson Rivers University (9-13) for the final Canada West post-season berth, but they have two games in hand on the WolfPack.

Given that they’re finishing up against lowly Lethbridge (4-16) and Brandon (0-20), UFV also stands a reasonable chance of overtaking seventh-place Calgary (10-10).

Tuchscherer is usually an understated fellow, but the coach wasn’t afraid to say he still likes his team’s playoff chances following a pair of weekend losses to a very good Winnipeg squad.

“We’re going to take care of business – we’ll be there,” Tuchscherer promised. “If we do what we’ve been doing the past month, and play like we’ve been playing, we’re going to be fine. And we’re going to be scary when we get into the playoffs.”

Winnipeg, ranked ninth in the nation, got a first-hand glimpse at how scary the youthful Cascades can be when they’re clicking on all cylinders.

UFV pushed Winnipeg to overtime in Friday’s opener, ultimately dropping a 79-70 decision.

Chilliwack’s Nicole Wierks led the team with 15 points, followed by another Chilliwack native, Alyssa Gaukel, with 13.

Mission’s Aieisha Luyken had 12 and Winnipeg’s Tessa Klassen had 11 in UFV’s balanced attack.

On Saturday, Winnipeg shot the lights out, hitting a sizzling 12 of 22 attempts from beyond the three-point line in a dominant 75-47 win.

Amy Ogidan racked up 24 points for Winnipeg, while Wierks, with 10 points, was the lone Cascade to score in double digits.

Just Posted

Faulty wiring blamed for Chilliwack barn fire Sunday morning

One civilian injured attempting to extinguish blaze on Ballam Road

GW Graham seniors bow out of football playoffs as juniors move on

The senior Grizzlies fell to the John Barsby Bulldogs in a AA playoff game last Saturday.

Chilliwack’s Jordyn Huitema leads Canada to FIFA U-17 World Cup quarter-finals

Canada has gone 2-0 in the tournament with wins over Colombia and the Korean Republic.

Chilliwack Chiefs rally from three down to beat Powell River Kings

The Chiefs followed the come-from-behind win with a loss Sunday afternoon versus Alberni Valley.

11 years sought for Burnaby man who killed girlfriend with hammer, burned her body

Manslaughter sentencing hearing starts Monday in BC Supreme Court in Chilliwack for Ryan Armstrong

Six students arrested, charged in sex assault probe at Toronto all-boys school

The school’s principal, Greg Reeves, described the video of the alleged sexual assault as ‘horrific’

Laine scores 3 as Jets double Canucks 6-3

Injury-riddled Vancouver side drops sixth in a row

Deportation averted for Putin critic who feared return to Russia

Elena Musikhina, a vocal critic of the Kremlin, has been granted a two-year visitor’s permit in Canada

B.C. to allow Uber-style ride hailing services to operate in late 2019

Fee will be applied to fund options for disabled people

Auditor general takes aim at Liberals’ fighter-jet plan

Suditor general Michael Ferguson is about to release a new report on Canada’s attempts to buy new fighter jets

B.C. couple converts ambulance into a traveling home

The Revelstoke couple plan on touring B.C. ski hills then driving to Mexico

Cyclist defecates, throws own poop at car following B.C. crash

Man defecates in the street before throwing it at a driver locked in her vehicle

Second person dies following head-on collision in Surrey

Paige Nagata of Abbotsford was in crash on Nov. 4 that also killed maternity nurse

Jamie Koe, other curlers kicked out of bonspiel for being too drunk

‘You don’t kick around other players’ bags, it’s disrespectful and we expect better of our players’

Most Read