Written by Taylor Prichard, Sports Information with contribution from Ronny Musiktele
Photo by Valerie Wutti
OTTAWA, ON – The Carleton Ravens women’s basketball team were defeated by the Ohio Bobcats 53-38 on Wednesday evening at the Ravens’ Nest. Having lost their first preseason game to Xavier, the Ravens looked to finish on a high note against the Bobcats, but it was apparent that the visitors’ speed and grit played an enormous factor in their victory. The Ravens struggled to take care of the ball throughout the game, racking up a game high 24 turnovers which made it very difficult for the Ravens to find their offensive rhythm.
Despite the Ravens’ strong start in the first quarter, they were never able to build any momentum as the Bobcats took an 18-8 lead heading into the second frame.
In the second quarter, the Ravens forced the Bobcats to shoot only 20% from the field to end the half. Unfortunately for the Ravens, they could not capitalize on their strong defensive effort despite outrebounding the Bobcats by a 28-22 margin in the first two frames.
The Ravens finished the half with 13 turnovers as Ohio’s speed advantage helped them get 8 takeaways through twenty minutes of play. Ohio took a 25-19 lead into the locker room.
Ravens sophomore guard Nicole Gilmore had a standout game for Carleton. She tried to put the team on her back and get the Ravens’ offense going, but the team’s 24 turnovers cost them the opportunity of a comeback. Despite the low scoring numbers put up by Carleton, Gilmore created chances for herself with 3 offensive boards and 8 rebounds in total to go along with a team-high 14 points.
Ohio distanced themselves from Carleton by outscoring the Ravens 12-10 in the 3rd Q and then using a stronger shooting performance in the 4th to close out the game 16-9 in the final quarter.
As for Ohio, it was an all-around good performance from the team. While they did not shoot particularly well from outside the arc (20%), it was a solid collective team effort that earned them the win. No player was on the court for more than 20 minutes and no one scored more than 10 points.
After the game, Carleton Ravens women’s basketball head coach, Taffe Charles, talked about the loss. “It’s still early,” he said, “I liked our defense and thought we executed well, but we’ve got to finish the plays.”
The Ravens shot only 12.5% from beyond the 3-point line and 23% from the floor overall.
The team will continue to prepare for the regular season over the next few months. They will play their next exhibition game against Collège Montmorency on September 20th at the Ravens’ Nest.
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