The Carleton Ravens women's basketball team came away victorious on Saturday night by a score of 74-48. What made the Ravens' win most impressive was that the game was tied at just 21-21 at the half.
The defensive first quarter saw both teams struggle with their shooting, the Ravens shooting just 29% while the two opponents combined to go 0-12 from beyond the arc. A rare off night for the Ravens, they found themselves behind 12-10 after ten minutes, based mostly on their struggles from the field. Jacqueline Urban (Ancaster, Ont.) led Carleton in scoring through the opening quarter with just 4 points and 2 rebounds good enough to lead all scorers in the contest.
Neither team got much hotter in the second and Zerina Duvnjak led all scorers with five points, including the only three of the first half. Despite their struggles offensively, Carleton was defending well and generated 6 steals, led by 3 from Dorcas Buisa.
The second half read like a whole new book. Both teams came out firing making threes and earning trips to the line. The increase of pace quickly favoured the Ravens who seemed to come out of the break rejuvenated shooting a whopping 55% including 5-10 from downtown. Kyana-Jade Poulin (Saint-Brune, Que.) and Kali Pocrnic (Oakville, Ont.) led the way for Carleton in the third, scoring 8 and 7 points to lead all scorers. Tatyanna Burke (Winona, Ont.) was able to find room for herself in the paint and garnered another six points for the Ravens while collecting three rebounds.
Carleton's offense continued in the fourth, but with a return to their defensive ways. The Ravens locked down the Warriors, allowing just 7 points on 3-15 shooting while scoring 23 of their own. The 53-26 second-half score was the difference as the Ravens pulled away from Waterloo for the victory.
Carleton's next home game is in fact a neutral site event when the Ravens host Ottawa at TD Place for the annual Capital Hoops Classic on Friday night. Tickets to the biggest basketball game in U SPORTS are on sale now at TDPlace.ca.