Sudbury, Ont. - After a disappointing loss, the Ravens were ready for redemption as they returned to the court Saturday afternoon. The Carleton Ravens beat the Laurentian Voyageurs 69-39.
The team had a strong start and maintained their energy throughout the match. Teresa Donato (Ottawa, Ont.) had an outstanding performance during the game. The first quarter ended 19-8 Ravens. The Ravens’ stifling defence prevented the Voyageurs from making their baskets inside the key. Their opponents shot less than 20% of their baskets from the two and three-point range. During the second quarter, Emma Huff (Chelsea, Que.) came out on top. Her strong offensive skills helped lead the team to victory. Huff ended the game with a total of 13 points. The score was 40-20 Ravens as both teams headed to halftime.
The team’s impressive lead would continue for the remainder of the game. Oceane Kounkou (Gatineau, Que.) scored a buzzer-beater, wrapping up the third quarter for Carleton. The third quarter finished 59-33 Ravens. As the clock wound down during the fourth quarter, the team’s defence remained fierce. The blare from the buzzer signified another win for the Ravens. Players appeared overjoyed as they huddled on the sidelines.
Coach Dani Sinclair was proud of her team's performance. Sinclair is now focusing on making sure Carleton remains consistent for future games. With Capital Hoops Classic around the corner, the Ravens prepare to compete against their longtime rivals— the University of Ottawa.
“We’ve got to turn around and have a good week of practice to be able to put up a performance like that again next week,” said Sinclair.
This is Coach Sinclair’s first Capital Hoops Classic. “There's a lot of anticipation, and I think that'll grow as the week goes on. But our focus is just having a good week of practice and getting ready for a good battle,” said Sinclair on the team's preparation.
The Ravens anticipate a busy week ahead as they make their return to the Capital. Carleton will take on the Ottawa Gee-Gees next Friday on OUA TV and Rogers 23 at 6:00 p.m.