The University of the Fraser Valley Cascades women's basketball team are moving on to the Canada West Final Four.
The Cascades beat the University of Saskatchewan Huskies 73-58 Saturday to win their best-of-three quarterfinal series 2-1. All three games were held in Abbotsford at the Envision Athletic Centre.
The Cascades, ranked fourth in the country, had entered the series as heavy favourites and won the first game 65-58 Thursday.
But the Huskies were not about to roll over and prolonged their season with a 67-56 win over UFV Saturday. Saskatchewan leapt out to an early lead and held it for much of the game against the Cascades.
UFV turned the tables in the third and deciding game. The Cascades opened with a 12-point run and outscored their opponents 24-7 in the opening quarter. UFV maintained their double-digit lead until the third quarter, when the Huskies poured three consecutive three-pointers to narrow the gap to just five points.
Back-and-forth play saw the Cascades stretch their lead to 11 points and the Huskies narrow the gap to just two. But UFV's experience and talent would eventually see the game out, with Aieisha Luyken and Nicole Wierks providing key baskets late.
Chilliwack's Kayli Sartori led all UFV scorers with 19 points, four rebounds and five assists. Sarah Wierks added 13 points and five rebounds and sister Nicole chimed in with nine points.
The Cascades will now play in the Canada West Final Four in Calgary next weekend.