UFV Cascades hosting NCAA teams

Women's team bringing a pair of Division 1 teams to Abbotsford

The UFV Cascades women's basketball team hosts a pair of NCAA schools this coming Wednesday and Friday.

The UFV Cascades women's basketball team hosts a pair of NCAA schools this coming Wednesday and Friday.

The University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team tips off its preseason schedule next week, as they host a pair of NCAA Division 1 opponents in Abbotsford.

The Cascades take on the Wisconsin Badgers on Wednesday, Aug. 10, and the Florida Atlantic Owls on Friday, Aug. 12. Both games start at 7 p.m., and admission is free.

“For us, it’s a good opportunity to have a focus period in our summer – to bring everybody together, work on a few of our systems things, and then have a couple of tests to see how some of that stuff works,” Cascades head coach Al Tuchscherer said.

The host Cascades are coming off a season which saw them go 13-7 in Canada West conference play and earn a sixth straight playoff appearance. Guard/forward Kayli Sartori, forward Taylor Claggett, and guards Kate Head and Sydney Williams are among the key returnees for the Cascades.

In other news, the women’s basketball team has begun a shoe drive, collecting gently used footwear for donation to those in need. They’re collecting on behalf of Soles4Souls, a non-profit organization which has distributed 26 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries since 2006.

Fans are invited to bring shoes for donation to next week’s games – a collection bin will be set up in the lobby of the Envision Athletic Centre. The Cascades are aiming to amass 1,000 pairs of shoes for the organization.