Sarah Wierks’s season of sensational performances for the University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team is drawing unprecedented national recognition.
Wierks, a fifth-year kinesiology student from Chilliwack, claimed the ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS female athlete of the week award for the second straight week after she rewrote the Canada West and team record books during a weekend split against Mount Royal.
In a 79-72 overtime loss on Saturday, the 6’2″ centre set conference records for total rebounds (31) and offensive boards (12) in a single game, while also contributing 12 points and two blocked shots. In Sunday’s rematch, a 70-51 win, she added a remarkable 20-point, 27-rebound double-double, setting a Canada West record for defensive boards (20) and tying her own school standard with seven blocks.
Wierks also eclipsed the 1,000 total rebound plateau on the weekend – she’s now at 1,003 for her career, trailing only ex-Saskatchewan Huskies star Sarah Crooks (1,181) on the Canada West all-time list.
Dalhousie basketball player Courtney Thompson, Sherbrooke track standout Laurence Beaudet and Lakehead basketball player Jylisa Williams were also nominated for the CIS’s top weekly award for female athletes.
Wierks is the fourth athlete (male or female) to win two CIS athlete of the week awards this season, and she’s the first in UFV history to accomplish the feat.
She’s also won the Canada West female first star of the week award three times in the past four weeks.
The Cascades basketball teams are on the road this weekend for a Friday-Saturday set against the UNBC Timberwolves. Their final home games are Feb. 13-14 against the Thompson Rivers WolfPack at the Envision Athletic Centre.