The VIU Mariners a season ago came within one basket from advancing to the PACWEST gold medal game, falling 58-57 to the Capilano Blues in the semi-final.
They would settle for fourth place but made excellent strides under head coach Tony Brice. As he enters his second full season on the women’s bench Brice will have a number of returning players at his disposal looking to make another push to the top of the PACWEST standings.
With 11 returning players the Mariners will be one of the favourites coming into this season. They shot 35% from the field last year and 28% from behind the arch.
“We expect to enjoy the process,” says Brice. “We will work hard, we will push to be successful, but we will also have fun doing it. That said we are a very close knit group that will support each other on our push toward a potential championship.”
Full Court Press: VIU Mariners 2017-2018
Record: 13-5 (finished 3rd in the PACWEST)
Points For: 1162 (64.5 points a game)
Points Allowed: 1046 (58.1 points a game)
Head Coach – Tony Brice (2nd season)
2017-2018 Result – Finished third in the PACWEST regular season and fell in the bronze medal game after coming within one point of playing for gold.
2018-2019 Impact Player – First year player Amber Lease is a new recruit from Lane Community College in Oregon. She will add a dimension that the Mariners didn’t have last year and will be an excellent complement to returning players Emma Platner and Danielle Vanbergen.
Team Strength – Veteran leadership will lead this team along with tremendous depth and the ability to score inside and out.
The Mariners will tip-off the season on Thursday night when they visit the Camosun Chargers in an Island Rivalry match-up at 6:00pm.