UFV women win big

The Cascade basketball women went 3-0 in exhibition play during a two-week trip to Antigua.

Last Thursday the UFV squad defeated the Antigua Vipers 81-37. Alyssa Gaukel led the way with 21 points, while Sarah Wierks racked up 16 points and 10 rebounds.

The Cascades followed up with a 70-44 win over Antiguan AS on Tuesday.

Tessa Klassen paced the UFV squad with 27 points and three steals, while Wierks notched her second straight double-double with 15 points and 10 boards.

The UFV women wrapped up the trip with a 60-32 victory over the Antigua Selects. Klassen and Courtney Bartel tied for team-high scoring honours with 12 points apiece.

The Cascades’ trip to the Caribbean island is in conjunction with UFV kinesiology instructor Joanna Sheppard’s course, “Champions for Health Promoting Schools.” UFV students work side-by-side with local educators to promote health education in innovative ways.

“The Antigua basketball federation and the people of Antigua have been tremendous hosts,” Cascades coach Al Tuchscherer said via email. “The trip has been an unbelievable experience for our team; the people have completely embraced us, the island has so much history and beauty, and the basketball experience was something our team will never forget.”

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