The post players have been leading the charge for the University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team of late, and they were strong once again on Saturday evening in Prince George.
But on this night, it was point guard Celeste Dyck’s turn to earn top billing.
Dyck, a fifth-year player out of Abbotsford’s Yale Secondary, poured in a game-high 22 points in exceedingly efficient fashion (8-for-14 from the field, 2-for-3 from beyond the arc, 4-for-4 from the free throw line) and added five steals as the Cascades defeated the UNBC Timberwolves 85-51.
“We really challenged Cel the last few weeks here to lead the team and manage the team,” UFV head coach Al Tuchscherer said. “It’s great that she scored 22 points tonight, but more than that, she did a great job of executing and running our stuff. She was the floor general we needed her to be.”
The 34-point margin of victory was the largest of the season for UFV, which improved to 11-7 on the season, good for third place in the Explorer Division of Canada West. Sixth-place UNBC fell to 2-16.
Centre Sarah Wierks (19 points, 10 rebounds) and power forward Katie Brink (16 points, 12 rebounds) stood tall in the paint for the Cascades, while sharpshooter Kaitlyn McDonald went 3-for-4 from downtown en route to 13 points off the bench.
Eleni Steriopoulou paced UNBC with 12 points, and Sarah Robin scored 10.
UFV out-rebounded UNBC 52-31 and surrendered just 15 turnovers compared to 27 for the T-Wolves.
“I think it was a pretty solid effort for the entire game tonight,” Tuchscherer said. “We played a good 40-minute game tonight, for sure, with contributions from a number of different people. A lot of things that are pointing in the right direction.”
The Cascades basketball teams wrap up the regular season at home next weekend vs. the Thompson Rivers WolfPack. Games run Friday (women 6 p.m., men 8 p.m.) and Saturday (women 5 p.m., men 7 p.m.) at the Envision Athletic Centre.