Women's Basketball team still undefeated

January 26th, 2014

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Mariners women stay perfect with sweep

Josh Aldrich / Daily News
January 27, 2014

The Vancouver Island University Mariners womens basketball team (13-0, 867:637) remained undefeated with a win over the Douglas College Royals (5-8, 712:760), in Nanaimo on Friday night.

The Vancouver Island University Mariners women's basketball team is learning that being perfect is not good enough.

They stretched their Pacific Western Athletic Association record to 14-0 with two dominating home wins on the weekend - 77-57 over the Douglas Royals (6-8) on Friday and 65-35 over the Langara Falcons (6-8) on Saturday. However, they are only getting better.

Their biggest weakness heading into the weekend was their rebounding, but they won that battle in both wins. And they're still not satisfied.

"Right now it looks good, but ultimately, in the end, if we're undefeated or not, it's going to matter in March how we're playing," said VIU forward Shayna Worthington, who scored a game high 25 points and nine rebounds in Saturday's win.

"I feel pressure, when we play everyone. They're going to bring their best game and we need to match and or improve our game because every team wants to upset us."

Head coach Bill McWhinnie was impressed with the improvement he saw in Saturday's win, especially in the rebound department holding a 53-36 edge.

"We were better this weekend," said McWhinnie. "The point of emphasis going forward is, the girls are getting better at making contact, pursuing balls and getting tougher in the paint and it showed this weekend."

Saturday's game was never really close, and the Mariners completely ran away with it in the second half.

Jocelyn Jones, the reigning PacWest women's basketball athlete of the week, had 18 points and four assists in the win. Worthington was dominant in both games for VIU, scoring 25 points in Friday's win as well. The fifth year senior has been almost unstoppable when on her game.

"She's being more selfish inside now, which we need her to be," said McWhinnie. "She's very unselfish and a great kid, wants to please her teammates and set up her teammates, but we need her to be selfish when she gets the ball. She was a beast this weekend and if she does that going forward we're going to be hard to play against."

The Mariners also got an important piece of the puzzle back on the weekend as fifth year forward Alicia Grossi made her season debut against the Royals. She played sparingly in both games, but McWhinnie liked what he saw out of the six-footfive Vancouver product. "She's going to be a huge help changing shots," he said. "She does what she does, she doesn't hurt us, she challenges shots, she rebounds, she's tough, it's just a matter of the basketball conditioning and catching up in the stuff she hasn't done for a while. We've got several weeks now to get her back in the groove here."

The Mariners also recognize they may be perfect in league standings, but they are not yet perfect on the floor. They still have a few areas they need to clean up in order to be ready for the PacWest playoffs, which start on Feb. 27 at Douglas College.

"We need to come together and put a full 40-minute game together," said Worthington. "We go on runs, then they go on runs, we need to get past that and come together as a team."

Up next is a Mainland road trip next weekend to play the Kwantlen Eagles (4-10) on Friday and the Columbia Bible College Bearcats (1-13) on Saturday



VIU women hoop stars stay perfect with win

Ben Ingram / Daily News
January 25, 2014 

Led by six-foot-one power forward Shayna Worthington, VIU defeated the Royals 77-57 in Pacific Western Athletic Association play.

Worthington amassed 25 points for VIU, including two threepointers and a team-leading nine rebounds.

Jocelyn Jones was perfect from the free-throw line, making good on all eight attempts and posting 14 points for VIU.

Amanda Tapia also had 14 points for the M's, and she was dialed in from the outside sinking four of five three-pointer attempts.

Jenna Carver had 12 points and eight rebounds for VIU.

The Royals were led by Simran Bir, who managed 14 points and a team-leading four rebounds.

The men (10-3) were also victorious on Friday night, defeating the Royals (5-8) by a resounding 91-73. Harrison Stupich led the way for VIU in that match, posting 24 points including five threepointers. Seth Goodman had seven rebounds and 14 points. Clayton Billett had 17 points.