Winning Wierks leads Cascades to Royal sweep

Needing wins to keep the playoff drive alive, the University of the Fraser Valley womens' basketball team relied on Sarah Wierks.

Chilliwack’s Sarah Wierks has been named a Canada West ‘First Star of the Week’ after leading her University of the Fraser Valley womens’ basketball squad to an undefeated weekend.

Wierks was a force of nature in leading the Cascades to a pair of crucial victories over the Mount Royal Cougars.

The six-foot-one centre racked up 21 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks in Friday’s 85-58 triumph, and notched another huge double-double the next night with 23 points and 15 boards in UFV’s 81-67 win.

The results enabled the Cascades (6-4) to tighten their grip on third place in the Explorers Division.

It is the second time this season that Wierks has posted 20-plus points and 15-plus rebounds in consecutive games.

She also accomplished the feat on Nov. 21-22 versus the Thompson Rivers WolfPack.

Wierks currently leads Canada West in rebounding at 13.9 per game, and sits second in scoring with 18.4 points per game.

Wierks also made a major leap up the Canada West all-time rebounding list.

She is currently in third place with 881 boards, having recently passed Leighann Doan (Calgary Dinos, 1996-01, 874 rebounds), Trix Kannekens (Baker) (Alberta Pandas, 1976-81, 871 rebounds) and Kelsey Blair (UBC Thunderbirds, 2002-07, 852 rebounds).

See ufvcascades.ca for more info and get Canada West stats, schedules and standings at canadawest.org.