Mariner women split the weekend - NDN Feature

November 9th, 2014

Mariners women split the weekend

Scott Mckenzie / Daily News
November 10, 2014

The No. 14 VIU Mariners moved to 2-1 in PacWest conference play over the weekend, splitting two games on a Lower Mainland road trip.

First, it was a six-point loss to the No. 11 Douglas in New Westminster Friday night, but the Mariners bounced back to defeat the Langara Falcons Saturday 66-51.

Of Friday's game, Mariners head coach Bill McWhinnie, the reigning national coach of the year, said ball security was an issue for his team.

"We had our opportunities to win that game," McWhinnie said, "but when you turn the ball over 25 times in a close game, you're not going to win many games on the road."

Six-foot-one junior forward Sienna Pollard, of Auburn, Wash., led the way for the Mariners in the loss with a 23-point game that also included eight rebounds.

And as Pollard improved, so did the Mariners who were able to bounce back in Vancouver against the Falcons.

In the win, Pollard had a monster game - 27 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks.

"She was huge," McWhinnie said.

But she didn't do it alone. "We took care of the basketball, and we rebounded much better than we did on Friday night," McWhinnie said of his team's improvement Saturday.

"And then we just rode Sienna Pollard the rest of the way."

Early in the season, the Mariners and their 2-1 record are sitting in third place in the PacWest standings behind Douglas and No. 7 Quest Kermodes.

They will try to improve on that record this weekend when they return to VIU for a pair of home games. They take on Quest on Friday at 6 p.m., and the Capilano Blues Saturday at 1 p.m.