During a PACWest women’s basketball game with the Douglas College Royals, Sydney Fraess (No. 8 in grey), guards a Vancouver Island Mariners player. (Greg Sakaki/Black Press)

Sydney Fraess comes home to play basketball with UFV Cascades

The sharp-shooting guard has spent the last two seasons starring with the Douglas College Royals

Two former GW Graham teammates will be re-united next season on the University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team.

The Cascades announced Friday that Sydney Fraess is making the jump to the U-Sports level after spending the last two years played PACWest b-ball with the Douglas College Royals.

She’ll once again share the court with Deanna Tuchscherer.

Fraess’s most recent season saw the five-foot-10 guard lead the Royals and finish fourth among all PACWest players with 13.2 points per game. A highly-efficient shooter, she topped the league in field goal percentage (48.0) and three-point percentage (39.1). Fraess also led the Royals in rebounding (6.9) and steals (1.8) on her way to PACWEST first team all-star honours.

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Her breakthrough campaign came after she earned a conference all-rookie selection in 2018-19.

“We know Syd very well, and she’s flourished under coach Steve Beauchamp at Douglas,” Al Tuchscherer said. “I think she’s a perfect example of a very self-aware athlete taking the right path, getting great coaching and then moving on to the U-Sports level. If you look at the PACWest leaderboard it becomes apparent what an effective and versatile player she has been for DC. We love her versatility and her efficient play, and we think she is going to have an immediate impact on our team this year.”

Tuchscherer announced two other additions Friday, adding five-foot-eight guard Kayleigh Boldt from the Yale (Abbotsford) Lions and five-foot-six guard Gurveer Sidhu from the W.J. Mouat (Abbotsford) Hawks.


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