OTTAWA - The reigning U SPORTS champions got off to a strong start this weekend, sweeping the Carleton Ravens Fall Invitational with a trio of impressive victories.
After starting the tournament with a definitive 81-48 victory over the Brock Badgers on Friday night the Ravnes routed UQAM and Concordia to sweep the tournament over the weekend.
On Saturday, UQAM battled hard throughout the first 15 minutes before foul trouble caught up with them. After a back-and-forth first the Ravens blew open the contest on UQAM in the second outscoring the visitors 86-52.
The game was capped off by an impressive 21 points by second-year guard Kyana-Jade Poulin, while Kali Pocrnic and Tatyanna Burke both scored over 15 points.
Early in the day Saturday, the Concordia Stingers held on as Brock's buzzer-beater three rimmed out. On the back of 15 points and 6 assists by Areej Burgonio the Stingers win set up a final day match-up for the tournament title.
Not wanting to go home empty-handed, the Brock Badgers didn't lay down Sunday afternoon, in a classic battle with UQAM the two teams battled all afternoon before Madalyn Weinert hailed the deciding three at the buzzer to take the win. The Badgers finished the tournament in third place with a 1-2 record, while UQAM would finish 0-2.
In the final game of the tournament, the Carleton Ravens would flex their offence from start to finish. By the end of the first quarter, the Ravens led 26-8 before extending their lead to 41-17 at the half.
In the second half, the Ravens would showcase a few new looks in their rotation while continuing to expand on their lead. For the third straight game, the Ravens were led by a different scorer as Jacqueline Urban found herself at the top of the stats sheet with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
The Ravens repeated as tournament champions while star point guard Kali Pocrnic was named tournament MVP. For her efforts, Kyana-Jade Poulin was named, along with Pocrnic to the tournament All Star Team. The two were joined by Concordia's Areej Burgonio, UQAM's Fredalyne Verrier and Brock's Madalyn Weinert.