Wierks dominates the paint as Cascades complete weekend sweep of T-Wolves


Slider-WBB vs UNBC Nov15-14The University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team completed a weekend sweep of the UNBC Timberwolves, beating the visitors from Prince George 81-57 at the Envision Athletic Centre on Saturday.

Fifth-year centre Sarah Wierks set the tone for the Cascades (4-0), notching a double-double with 21 points (8-of-15 shooting from the field, 5-of-5 from the free throw line), 11 rebounds and five assists.

Nataliia Gavryliuk chipped in with 17 points for UFV, while Celeste Dyck came off the bench to post 12 points and five assists.

Vasilila Louka was the top performer for the T-Wolves (0-4), registering a double-double of her own with 13 points and 11 boards. Mavia Nijjer also scored in double figures with 12 points.

Both UFV and UNBC shot just under 40 per cent from the field, but the Cascades were able to hoist 20 more shot attempts (77-57), due in large part to their ability to take care of the basketball. UFV turned the ball over just 16 times, compared to 28 for the T-Wolves.

“I thought we were a little bit more determined defensively early in the game,” analyzed Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer, whose team was coming off an 83-57 win on Friday. “Still, we had a few lapses in there, and we need to straighten that out a little bit.

“We’re trying to teach the team how to share the ball a little bit more, and we had mixed results with that tonight. We’re still taking too many shots that aren’t great shot, and we’re looking for great shots. It’s a work in progress.”

On the weekend of Nov. 21-22, the Cascades hit the road to face the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack, while the T-Wolves seek their first wins of the regular season vs. the Mount Royal Cougars at home.