November 28th, 2010
The women's basketball team came away with 2 physical, hard fought victories, over the Langara Falcons on the road. On Friday night, we came out flat after having a less than spectacular week of practice and found ourselves tied at the half. In the second half the energy was much better and with the help of some considerable defensive pressure, we were able to pull away and defeat Langara 53-40. The game changed due to the cat like reflexes of Kayla Gromme and Katie Pearson who were constantly getting their hands on many of Langara's passes which resulted in steals and easy baskets. In the post, the dynamic trio of Brittany Knievel, Alicia Grossi and Shayna Worthington battled with the leagues second leading scorer and leading rebounder Carling Muir, holding her to 10 points on 4/19 shooting. Leading the way for the Mariners were Katie Pearson with 14 points, Kayla Gromme with 13 points, Brittany Knievel with 10 points and Shayna Worthington with 9 points and 12 rebounds.
On Saturday, the Mariners were once again in a war with Langara. The first half went back and forth with Langara leading by 2 at the half. In the second half, the Mariners again came out with more energy but this time Langara matched it as this game was a see-saw affair going back and forth throughout the game. With VIU trailing by 4 and in trouble, Kayla Gromme stuck a huge 3 to cut the lead to 1. VIU continued to play aggressive defense, led by Heather McCarthy, tying the game at 38. After a Langara miss, VIU had the ball with 25 seconds left. VIU held the ball late in the shot clock, running a play for Brittany Knievel. Brittany made the shot putting VIU up 2 with 4 seconds left. Langara's last second shot was blocked by Knievel and VIU escaped with a 40-38 win. Leading the way for VIU was Kayla Gromme with 20 points, while the duo of Brittany Knievel and Shayna Worthington combined for 22 rebounds. The trio of Knievel, Worthington and Alicia Grossi again did a nice job on Carling Muir holding her to 16 points on 6/25 shooting.
"These are two very good wins for us on the road in a very tough place to play, especially coming off the gruelling road trip to UNBC. To win 3 out of 4 games on these two road trips is very big for us, especially since we are now going into our Christmas break. Langara is very well coached and play very tough. Our team has a tremendous amount of respect for Carling Muir, she was our focal point all weekend" The Mariners are now off for the exam break and don't return to action until Dec 27th when they participate in the Edmonds Community College Tournament in Edmonds Washington.