VIU Mariners players Emily Clarke

VIU Mariners players Emily Clarke

VIU Mariners women close in exhibition losses

Vancouver Island University’s women’s basketball team lost to the Trinity Western University Spartans and George Fox Bruins.

The VIU Mariners made it close against a higher-tiered opponent on the weekend.

Vancouver Island University’s women’s basketball team lost 62-60 to the Trinity Western University Spartans on Friday at the Dover Bay Secondary School gym.

The Mariners play in the PacWest, while the Spartans are a CIS squad.

The M’s were led by Avery Snider’s 15 points, while Sienna Pollard and Chanece Curtis scored 14 each.

The next day, VIU’s women lost 66-54 to the George Fox Bruins of the NCAA’s Div. 3. Snider scored 26 and Pollard had 18 points and 11 rebounds.

The regular season starts Oct. 29.