Weekend split for women's basketball

January 25th, 2015

 

 

Nanaimo Daily News
Scott McKenzie
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The VIU Mariners women’s basketball team salvaged a split before they knew they’d be able to get one.

With a game against the unranked Capilano Blues on Friday, the Mariners were able to put together a late-game comeback to win 48-46 ahead of their Saturday matchup with the No. 4-ranked Quest Kermodes.

The Mariners, ranked No. 10 nationally and (9-3) only led once against Quest Saturday and fell 50-42.

“Defensively, we were pretty good,” said VIU head coach Bill McWhinnie, “but we’ve got to get back to making better decisions and making some shots. We had a split, which was OK, but we’ve got to get better offensively.”

Against Capilano Friday, Sienna Pollard had 17 points 15 rebounds for VIU while Wellington grad  Jenna Carver scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds. The Mariners led the Blues 24-22 at the half, and 40-33 after three quarters, but had to stage a late game comeback to pull out the win.

“I just think our effort made the difference,” McWhinnie said. “We were quite relentless and we grinded out a win against a good team. We made some big free throws and shots down the stretch.”

However, making late game shots was something the Mariners struggled to do against a top-ranked Quest team. They were down 38-35 heading into the fourth quarter against the undefeated Kermodes after trailing by eight at halftime.

The Mariners were able to tie the game early in the fourth quarter, but Quest took over soon after en route to their eight-point win. “They executed down the stretch and made shots that we just didn’t,” McWhinnie said. “We didn’t make good decisions, and they did, and that was the difference.”

Pollard led the Mariners with 15 points and five rebounds in the loss, while Emily Clarke had eight. Carver led the team in rebounds with 15.

McWhinnie also said the game was there for the Mariners to take, and to be the first team to knock off the Kermodes this season in conference play.

“We could’ve won, yeah, but that’s a really good team we just played and we’ve got to play 40 minutes without making errors,” he said. “We made some poor decisions and they took advantage of it.”

The Mariners, still in second place in the PacWest, take on the Kwantlen Eagles and Columbia Bible College Bearcats on the road this weekend.

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