The top-ranked University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) Cascades women's basketball teams dropped both games during a disappointing road trip to Alberta last weekend.
The Cascades-who entered the weekend with an 11-1 record-fell 79-69 in overtime to the Prairie Division-leading University of Calgary (UC) Dinos Friday night.
The Cascades also lost the following night 64-59 to the mediocre University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.
Played in a playoff-like atmosphere, Friday's game against the Dinos was a tight contest, with the teams trading baskets and leads. But after keeping the scoreline tight, the UC shooters found their touch and completed all five of their shots in overtime to take a 10-point lead.
Chilliwack's Kayli Sartori led all Cascades with 19 points. Sarah Wierks added 16 points and pulled down a team-high 15 rebounds.
Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer wasn't satisfied with his team's performance on the night.
"We didn't match Calgary's energy or determination tonight," Tuchscher-er said. "Give them full credit for taking that game away from us. We have a lot to learn about teams coming after us and rising to the occasion."
The Cascades, though, didn't respond well to the loss and lost to the Pronghorns the following night.
Lethbridge jumped out to a quick start and built an early lead in the first quarter. The Cascades rebounded, however, and had built an eight-point lead by the end of the third quarter.
But with starter Aieisha Luyken in foul trouble and on the bench for much of the last quarter, the Cascades saw their lead slip away. The Pronghorns tied the game with four minutes remaining and found themselves ahead by five at the end.
Luyken led UFV in scoring with 19 points. Sarah Wierks posted 16 points and another 14 rebounds, while sister Nicole added 14 points.