UFV sweeps UVic to keep perfect start intact

The University of the Fraser Valley women's basketball squad beat the UVic Vikes twice to stay unbeaten in CIS action.

The University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team beat the visiting University of Victoria Vikes 63-49 on Friday and 62-52 Saturday to remain unbeaten in early season CIS action.

Tipping off Saturday at Abbotsford’s Envision Athletic Centre, the stingy Cascades defence kept the Vikes off the scoreboard for the first six minutes. UFV led by eight after one quarter and 13 at the break, forcing the Vikes to commit eight first-half turnovers.

Chilliwack’s Wierks sisters, Sarah and Nicole, led the way.

Each had eight first half points with rookie Shayna Litman adding six points and three rebounds.

The Vikes made a game of it in the third quarter, closing the gap to five points.

But UFV’s experience helped them weather the storm. They held UVic to nine fourth quarter points and pulled away for the win.

“A good weekend winning two games against a quality team like Victoria,” said UFV coach Al Tuchscherer. “We have a lot of valuable lessons to take away from the challenges they presented.”

The Wierks sisters finished with 14 points apiece to lead the Cascades in scoring. Chilliwack’s Kayli Sartori added 11 points and nine difference Cascades netted at least two points.

Sartori and Nicole Wierks led UFV with five rebounds each.

Like the men, the Cascade women are on the road this weekend, facing the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds in Vancouver.