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The VIU Mariners’ women’s basketball team will take a 5-2 record into the holiday break, thanks to back-to-back wins on the team’s last road trip of 2014. The team traveled to the mainland for games November 21 and 22. On Friday, November 21, the Mariners took on the winless Columbia Bible College Bearcats.

The Mariners opened the game strong, taking a 14-7 lead after the first quarter. In the second quarter, VIU continued to take the game to the Bearcats, opening up a 31-22 lead at the half. The Mariners did a good job of not letting the Bearcats come back in the second half, as VIU never let the game become close again. When the final buzzer sounded , the Mariners secured a 61-44 win.

The Mariners were back in action the next day against the Kwantlen Eagles. For the second day in a row the Mariners started the game strong, dominating from the opening tip off. When the first quarter ended the Mariners were still yet to surrender their first points of the game, leading 13-0 after the first. Kwantlen managed to get on the board in the second quarter, outscoring VIU 12-11 in the frame, but the Mariners still led 24-12 at halftime.

The Mariners ended any thoughts of a Kwantlen comeback in the third quarter, as the team kept the pressure on, taking a 34-21 lead at the end of the quarter. 57-35 was the final score, as the Mariners picked up their second win on the weekend, and third in a row.

The Mariners’ 5-2 record put them in a tie for second place with the Douglas College Royals. Both teams have 10 points on the season, four points back on Quest University, who have 14 points and a perfect 7-0 record.

The Mariners return to action January 16 and 17, as the team is on the road against the Langara Falcons and Douglas Royals. The Mariners’ next home games are the following week, January 23 and 24 against the Capilano Blues and Quest Kermodes.

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