The University of the Fraser Valley Cascades men's and women's basketball teams swept the TWU Spartans last week to close out the 2011-12 regular season and will now host their first-ever Canada West quarter-final playoffs.
The Cascades men defeated Trinity Western 89-70 to sweep the two-game series and clinch second place in the West Division of Canada West. The Cascades finish the regular season with a 135 record and are currently ranked fifth in the CIS Top-10 poll.
UFV was led by Sam Freeman with a game high 19 points. Kyle Grewal added 16 points and Joel Friesen with 15 points.
"I was very happy with the defensive effort in the third quarter. The guys set a goal at the beginning of the season to host a playoffs, and they should be happy to have earned it, and met their goal this evening," said head coach Barnaby Craddock.
The Cascades women defeated the Spartans 74-65, to finish the 2011-12 regular season with a 12-6 record, securing second place and a home playoff series beginning Feb. 23.
The Cascades, nationally ranked 10th in the CIS Top-10 poll, broke six school records during the regular season including a first-ever national appearance when they participated in the first CIS national regional tournaments, in Fredericton, N.B.
UFV was led by Aieisha Luyken with 19 points, which marks the fourth straight game Luyken has led the Cascades in scoring. Tessa Klassen added 15 points.
"TWU really pushed us tonight, they really presented a lot of matchup issues for us and absolutely dominated us on the boards in the first half," said head coach Al Tuchscherer. "In the second half we did a better job and were much more efficient offensively.
"[I] thought it was a mature effort from our team. I thought we competed hard tonight. [It's a] good sign moving forward."