Jan 14, 2017
By CJ Pentland, CapU Sports Information Officer
In a matchup between the top two teams in the PACWEST, the Capilano University Blues excelled on both ends of the floor to take down the Vancouver Island University Mariners 77-38 and improve to a perfect 10-0 to start the regular season.
VIU stormed out of the gate and quickly scored the game's first seven points, but Capilano found their footing and went on an 18-4 run to close out first quarter. Capilano picked up where they left off in the second frame, outscoring VIU 19-7 to head into halftime with a 37-18 advantage.
VIU switched to zone defence in the second half, but quick passing and long-range shooting pushed Capilano's lead to over 20. With shutdown defence on the other end of the court, the Blues closed out the game in convincing fashion to secure the 39-point win. The Blues shot 46.3 per cent from the field in the contest while limiting the Mariners to a 29.8 per cent mark.
"I think we were very strong on the defensive end of the floor all weekend," said head coach Ramin Sadaghiani. "Defence has really been a focus for us this year so it's nice to see our hard work start to pay off."
For the second-straight game Carmelle M'Bikata led the team in scoring, tallying 19 points on 60 per cent shooting. Sherrie Errico finished close behind with 18 points thanks in part to four three-pointers, while Brittany Wertman and Amber Kavanagh each drained a trio of triples to finish in double-figures.
The Blues also took care of the basketball, finishing with a stellar 9-to-24 turnover-to-assist ratio; both Ashley De La Cruz Yip and Reiko Ohama had seven helpers to lead the way in the assist category.
For the Mariners, Sienna Pollard led the way with 16 points and six rebounds.
The Blues (10-0) now head into a bye week and get back underway on January 26 at home against Quest University. The Mariners (7-3) resume their schedule on the road on January 26 against Camosun College.