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UFV women's hoopsters move up to No. 3 in national rankings

Katie Brink (with ball) and the UFV women
Katie Brink (with ball) and the UFV women's basketball team moved up to No. 3 in the latest edition of the CIS national rankings.
— image credit: John Morrow file photo

The University of the Fraser Valley basketball teams headed in opposite directions in the latest edition of the CIS national rankings released Tuesday.

The Cascades women, coming off a weekend sweep of the UBC-Okanagan Heat, moved up one spot to No. 3 in the top-10 poll. They leapfrogged the Regina Cougars, who split pair of games with the Calgary Dinos. The Dinos moved up one spot to No. 7, and all three teams boast matching 15-3 records to sit tied atop the Canada West conference.

In the aftermath of a weekend split against last-place UBC-O, the Cascades men (10-8) slid out of the top 10 after sitting at No. 9 last week. They still garnered votes in the poll, leaving them tied with Bishop’s for 12th overall.

The UFV basketball teams host a pair of home games vs. the Thompson Rivers WolfPack on Friday (women 6 p.m., men 8 p.m.) and Saturday (women 5 p.m., men 7 p.m.). The women’s games are particularly interesting, as TRU (14-5) is within striking distance of the Cascades for first place in the Pacific Division.

The full national rankings are as follows.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previous rankings)

1. Windsor (17-0) / 515 points (42) / (1)

2. Saint Mary’s (15-0) / 474 (1) / (2)

3. Fraser Valley (15-3) / 405 / (4)

4. Regina (15-3) / 383 / (3)

5. Carleton (14-3) / 361 / (5)

6. UBC (14-4) / 291 / (6)

7. Calgary (15-3) / 238 / (8)

8. Brock (15-2) / 236 / (7)

9. Victoria (13-5) / 173 / (9)

10. Ottawa (13-4) / 124 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: Concordia (78), Thompson Rivers (29).

MEN’S BASKETBALL

1. Carleton (16-1) / 491 points (40) / (1)

2. UBC (16-2) / 450 (1) / (2)

3. Cape Breton (15-0) / 411 / (3)

4. Windsor (14-3) / 366 / (4)

5. Acadia (11-3) / 322 / (5)

6. Ryerson (14-2) / 288 / (7)

7. Alberta (14-4) / 227 / (6)

8. Ottawa (13-4) / 218 / (8)

9. Saskatchewan (13-5) / 128 / (NR)

10. Lakehead (12-5) / 119 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: McGill (46), Fraser Valley (31), Bishop’s (31).

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