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Cascades face Timberwolves to wrap up pre-Christmas sched

On paper the University of the Fraser Valley women's basketball team should be favoured to beat last place U of Northern BC.

Kayli Sartori and the University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team host their final home games of the fall semester this weekend.

The Cascades (2-2 and tied for eight place in the Canada West standings, tip off Friday at 6 p.m. vs the UNBC Timberwolves (1-5 and  in last place).

They do it again Saturday with a 5 p.m. start.

The Cascades’ opponent this weekend is tied for last place in Canada West, but these T-Wolves aren’t to be taken lightly.

They’ve faced a tough schedule in the early going, including four hard-fought games against Winnipeg and Alberta, who are currently tied for first place in the conference. UNBC, furthermore, is coming off its first win last Saturday, an 82-81 decision over Trinity Western which saw them erase an 18-point deficit over the last six minutes of regulation.

Add it all up, and UFV head coach Al Tuchscherer believes that the T-Wolves are much better than their 1-5 record would indicate.

“It’s a team that has a lot of size, and they gave us a lot of problems last season,” Tuchscherer said, alluding to the fact that UNBC earned a weekend split in Abbotsford in January. “Maria Mongomo and Vasiliki Louka and newcomer Madison Landry pose all sorts of problems defensively for us. Coming off a bye, hopefully we can address some of the shortcomings from our last game (a 65-51 loss at TWU).”