Cascades women’s basketball to take on Japan U18 in exhibition game

The University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team has an exciting opportunity this Sunday, as they host an exhibition game against Japan’s under-18 national team.

The Japanese squad is touring B.C., and they’ll visit the Envision Athletic Centre to take on the Cascades at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Kate Head and the Cascades women's basketball team host the Japan U18 women's team in exhibition action on Sunday.

Kate Head and the Cascades women’s basketball team host the Japan U18 women’s team in exhibition action on Sunday.

The Cascades are well into their off-season – their last game was Feb. 27 – but despite the fact they’re not necessarily game-sharp, this was an opportunity that head coach Al Tuchscherer just couldn’t pass up.

“I think more than anything, it’s a unique experience for our girls to be a part of,” Tuchscherer said. “Any time you can play a team from another part of the world, there’s lots of learning and it’s a special event.

“I don’t really know what to expect from them. From our perspective, that’s what makes these games kind of fun – you don’t really know what you’re getting yourself into, and you have to be ready to adapt. I think they’ll probably further along in their development as a team right now.”

Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for seniors and non-UFV students. Admission is free for children age six and under, and UFV students with ID.

The Japan U18 team’s jaunt through B.C. also includes games against a high school all-star team (Saturday, April 2) and against the Trinity Western Spartans (Tuesday, April 5).

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