TORONTO - Carleton's Women’s Basketball season ended Wednesday night after a tough 62-47 loss to the Rams.
In what proved to be a strong defensive game, the Ravens got off to a rocky start. After falling behind 8-0 early the Ravens had to battle hard to close the gap. The first quarter closed with the Rams in the lead 11-6. Before halftime, the Ravens had bridged most of the gap, led by Kali Pocrnic (Oakville, Ont.) who finished off a clean run with a nice layup in the final seconds of the quarter. Despite helping lead the team in scoring with 7 points, Pocrnic and the Ravens found themselves behind 28–25.
The Ravens attempted 71 shots throughout the game but had a difficult time making their chances count. After a slow first half, the team was persistent and competed hard trying to make up for lost points. Throughout the third quarter, the Ravens came close to taking the lead but the Rams stayed in control. Pocrnic and Tatyanna Burke (Winona, Ont.) drove the pace for the Ravens, scoring 12 of the team’s 14 points in the quarter as the Ravens trailed 44-39.
The Rams impressive defence stepped up their play in the final quarter smothering the Ravens and forcing the team to shoot 3-for-17 for 17.6%. With only eight points to show for their determined effort, the Ravens could not catch the Rams.
Coach Dani Sinclair was disappointed with the team's loss but proud of their overall performance this season. “We've got to use this as motivation and learn from not only tonight but also how we prepare overall,” Sinclair said on future seasons. Sinclair joined the Ravens during the 2020 season, because of the pause in university sports, this was her first regular season with the team.
Despite the game's outcome, Sinclair is optimistic about the team’s future. “There's a lot to look forward to. We have a good group coming in with a good recruiting class, so I think they'll fit in nicely, too,” said Sinclair.