Written by Mike Beasley
The Carleton Ravens made quite a first impression in their opening game of the 2013-2014 OUA women’s basketball season.
The Ravens squared off against the Windsor Lancers on Friday night and took it to the defending CIS champions and No. 1 ranked team with an exciting 62-58 victory.
It was gut check time for Carleton as they had two obstacles to overcome in their game against Windsor.
First up, playing the defending champion is never an easy chore plus the Ravens were shorthanded due to injuries and had nine players in uniform.
“The win was a true testament to the girls, they really stepped up when faced with the challenge of playing Windsor without a full lineup,” said Taffe Charles, Ravens head coach.
Carleton dominated the early going with a 36-24 half time lead. The Ravens were up by ten points 51-41 after three quarters.
That’s when Windsor decided to pick up their game chipping away at the Carleton lead.
With just under 4 minutes to play in the fourth quarter Carleton had a slim 57-54 lead but the Lancers fought back and went ahead 58-77 with just over 120 seconds on the clock.
Enter Ravens guard McKenzie Sigurdson.
The first year, Integrated Science major from Toronto, Ontario drained a clutch three pointer to put the Ravens ahead by two points, 60-58 with time running out.
“It was an amazing feeling to contribute like that in my first CIS regular season game, especially against a team like Windsor,” said Sigurdson.
“It was an intense contest but Taffe (Charles) had all of us prepared. We (Carleton) didn’t panic when Windsor started coming back, all the girls did their jobs and we ended up with a really big win.”
Sigurdon ended up as the game’s high scorer with 20 points, 3 rebounds and was a perfect 3-3 from the free throw line.
Lindsay Shotbolt (Markham, ON) had another solid game with 18 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists and one blocked shot in 35 playing minutes.
The Ravens will be in action again on Saturday, November 2 against Western. Game time at the Ravens’ Nest is 6:00PM.