Cascades double up on Trinity to earn title

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) Cascades women's basketball team captured its second straight Pacific Division regular season title and will head into the Canada West playoffs on a winning note after sweeping Trinity Western University last week.

The Cascades downed the Spartan's 78-54 Thursday and 55-39 Saturday.

It was a fitting end to the regular season for five UFV seniors who over their university careers have seen the Cascades go from 2-16 in their first year to 17-5 this year.

"I was really happy tonight to thank our seniors for their five years of service," said Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer of Mission's Aieisha Luyken, Abbotsford's Samantha

Kurath and Chilliwack's Courtney Bartel, Alexa McCarthy and Sarah Wierks.

Saturday's game itself started well but stagnated in the second quarter before the Cascade's launched into the second half with a 16-point rampage.

UFV would go on to score 23 points in the third and only 10 in the fourth, but it was enough to send the Cascades into the post-season on a winning note.

Nataliia Gavriliuk led the Cascades offence with 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

Wierks scored 12 points and pulled down seven rebounds while sister

Nicole Wierks scored nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Bartel, meanwhile, contributed immense court presence, belied by her modest four points and eight rebounds on the score sheet.

The Cascades now take on the University of Calgary Dinos in a home series at the Envision Athletic Centre in Abbotsford Feb. 27, 28 and 29 in the first round of the Canada West playoffs.

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