November 18th, 2014
VIU splits weekend with 67-53 win over Capilano
Scott Mckenzie / Daily News
November 17, 2014
The VIU Mariners women's basketball team has yet to put together consecutive wins, but they've still won more games than they've lost.
They made sure of that Saturday with a convincing win over the Capilano Blues.
The Mariners, ranked 15th in the country and third in the PacWest conference, started the weekend with a Friday loss to the No. 6 Quest Kermodes of Squamish.
"(We) played a good first half but we allowed things to be far too easy for Quest in the second half," said VIU head coach Bill McWhinnie of his team's weekend opener at home.
Auburn, Wash., native Sienna Pollard, who went into the weekend leading the PacWest in scoring, led the Mariners Friday with 24 points.
But it wasn't enough against the Kermodes, who are tied for the conference lead at 5-0 with the Douglas College Royals.
"When you relax against them, that is when they go on big runs," McWhinnie said of the Kermodes.
The Mariners were, however, able to bounce back and remain above .500 in the standings when they beat Capilano Saturday 67-53. At halftime, they had built a 26-point lead.
McWhinnie said the Mariners "played with much more energy and passion" in the win over Capilano.
"We took care of the basketball and controlled the glass."
Jenna Carver, a fifth-year senior out of Wellington, had a whopping 25 rebounds in the win while also contributing 14 points.
"Jenna Carver was amazing for us today," McWhinnie said.
The Mariners now go on the road for four straight games before.