Mariners Women's Basketball showed little hospitality to the Mendocino College Eagles in Ukiah on Friday evening. Marin's tenacious first quarter defense set the tone for a wire to wire victory in the Bay Valley Conference opener 58-39. Maya Murry-Pena was the pace setter for the Mariners with 22 points while Victoria Bing dominated the paint with 18 rebounds.
Marin smothered Mendocino over the first 10 minutes of play as they limited the Eagles to just three points. The Mariners' offense came together late as they scored 11 to lead by eight after the first quarter. The Eagles rallied of sorts in the second quarter as they mustered 15 points, but Marin kept the pressure on and led 25-18 at halftime.
The Mariners rebuilt their lead in the second half as they lived at the line. Mendocino committed fouls left and right leading to 36 attempts for Marin. Murry-Pena went to the line 21 times on the day, converted on 12 of them. Bing had eight tries and scored seven. The Mariners outscored the Eagles 33-21 in the second half in route to a 58-39 final score.
Neither team shot particularly well in the game as Marin managed just 17 made field goals on 29.3% shooting. The Mariners held Mendocino under 20% as the hosting Eagles made just 16 of 82 attempts.
Murry-Pena led all scorers with 22 points, she had five field goals and 12 made free throws. Murry-Pena added five rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks in an excellent all-around game. Bing recorded a double double with 13 points and 18 rebounds as well as a pair of steals. Sophia Jacob had a solid game as well with 13 points, and three rebounds on 6 of 11 shooting.
The Mariners finished out the 2019 calendar year with a 4-8 record but are 1-0 in the Bay Valley Conference. They visit the Contra Costa Comets on January 2nd at 7:30pm.