Written by Ravens Sports Information
OTTAWA – The Carleton Ravens and UQAM Citadins will meet in the final game of the Metro McKeen Glebe Tournament with the championship on the line.
Through two nights the Ravens are 2-0 after beating Concordia on Saturday 77-59 while the Citadins will enter Sunday 1-0 after a 76-72 victory against UBCO.
The Carleton Ravens picked up where they left off on Friday night getting off to a fast start against the Concordia Stingers jumping out to an early 7-0 lead. Led by eight points from Oakville guard Kali Pocrnic the Ravens found a rhythm shooting 56.3% while outscoring the Stingers 25-13.
The second quarter was more of the same as Concordia held on backed by 11-points from Rowena Blais. Unfortunately for the Stingers, the Ravens continued to shoot well, holding on to a 54.5% efficiency and a 46-30 lead at the half.
Concordia pushed back in the third as Serena Tchida added eight of her fourteen but the Ravens would continue their balanced scoring as they extended their lead by one.
The Ravens would lock in on the Stingers the rest of the way as first-year forward Jacqueline Urban and the Ravens began taking control of the paint out-rebounding Concordia 11-6 in the fourth. Despite 30 points from Blais, the Ravens held on for the victory.
CON | Rowena Blais – 30 PTS, 2 BLKCAR | Kali Pocrnic – 19 PTS, 5 AST / Jacqueline Urban – 10 PTS, 8 RB
Game 1 – UBCO vs UQAM
After a slow start, the first quarter proved to be a high-scoring affair both teams getting into early game foul trouble. Fredlyne Verrier led the way with 10 points dominating the game inside.
UBCO wouldn’t back down in the second quarter as they looked to cut into the Citadins lead as Jaeli Ibbetson hit back-to-back threes to give UBCO some momentum. As the Heat looked to hang with the Citadins Kelsey Falk started taking over inside for the Heat.
The third quarter ushered in the afternoon’s excitement as UBCO marched their way back into the game getting 7 points each from Sofia Ainsa Lluch and Jaeli Ibbetson. Fredlyne Verrier and Kelsey Falk each had double-doubles by the end of the third quarter as UQAM led 58-56.
Ibbetson’s hot play continued through the second half and capped off an inspired Heat comeback as they took their first lead since early in the first quarter. After a series of strong possessions, it was an Ibbetson finger role that would force UQAM to take a timeout setting up a great finish to the contest.
Both teams would exchange runs and leads in the final quarter until UQAM pulled ahead for good with just 8.5 seconds to play.
UQAM | Fredlyne Verrier – 27 PTS, 11 REBUBCO | Jaeli Ibbetson – 23 PTS, 4 REB / Kelsey Falk – 12 PTS, 17 REB