The University of the Fraser Valley basketball women downed the University of Victoria Vikes 61-49 on Saturday to sweep back to back games in the capital city.
The Cascades improved their Canada West regular season record to 9-3, which leaves them one game ahead of UBC (8-2) for first place in the west division.
The Cascades and Vikes were tied 25-25 at halftime Saturday before a strong second half allowed UFV to pull away.
The third quarter was particularly solid as the Cascades held U-Vic to 10 points.
“I thought our defence came up huge in the later parts of the third after Victoria had taken a six point lead,” said UFV bench boss Al Tuchscherer. “We really limited their opportunities and had some timely scores at the other end. We tried to shoot ourselves out of the game, but we eventually got some balance back. I think we are pretty tough when we do that.”
Winnipeg native Tessa Klassen led UFV with 17 points, adding four assists.
Chilliwack’s Sarah Wierks added 10 points, three steals and a team-high 12 rebounds while her sister, Nicole Wierks, chipped in with 12 points.
— The UFV women started the weekend with a 70-57 win over U-Vic Friday night.
Mission’s Aieisha Luyken led all scorers with 21 points, adding three assists and four steals.
Sarah Wierks had 13 points and dominated the boards, pulling down 14 rebounds. Nicole Wierks and Klassen both had 12 points.
UFV has a tough task on Friday as they visit the unbeaten east division leading University of Regina Cougars (11-0).
The Cascades play the east division’s worst team on Saturday, facing the winless University of Brandon Bobcats (0-12).