Cascades control playoff destiny

If the University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team is looking for a theme song, Takin’ Care of Business by Bachman-Turner Overdrive would be a natural fit.

Like the Cascade men, the UFV women find themselves in ninth place with four games to go. But at 8-12, Al Tuchscherer’s squad has firm control of its playoff destiny.

Winnipeg, ranked ninth in the nation, got a first-hand glimpse at how scary the youthful Cascades can be when they’re clicking on all cylinders.

UFV pushed Winnipeg to overtime in Friday’s opener, ultimately dropping a 79-70 decision.

Chilliwack’s Nicole Wierks led the team with 15 points, followed by another Chilliwack native, Alyssa Gaukel, with 13. Mission’s Aieisha Luyken had 12 and Winnipeg’s Tessa Klassen had 11 in UFV’s balanced attack.