Written by Taylor Prichard, Sports Information
Photo by Marc Lafleur
(OTTAWA, ON) — The most competitive game of the McKeen Metro Glebe Tournament happened to be the final contest of the weekend, as the Carleton Ravens came away with the gritty 69-64 overtime victory over the UQAM Citadins.
Carleton’s first-year guard Alexandra Trivieri (St. Catharines, ON) played her best game as a Raven which happened to be a clutch 20-point performance to help the Carleton close the McKeen Metro Glebe Tournament with a 2-1 winning record.
“[Trivieri] made some big shots down the stretch and some big free throws,” said head coach Taffe Charles post-game. “She showed a lot of mental toughness today.”
Trivieri played an astounding 124 of 125 minutes in the three McKeen Metro Glebe Tournament games, and her performance over the weekend was worthy of a Metro Glebe All-Star Team nod.
It was just a week ago that UQAM had defeated Carleton 57-51 at the Queen’s Invitational Tournament in a close encounter, and today was no different. UQAM built a three-point lead through the first quarter as another Metro Glebe All-Star, Jessica Lubin, worked her way to 6 points early on, followed by a dose of 8 points in the second quarter.
Lubin was UQAM’s go-to option for the third straight game. She was a force to be reckoned with as she posted some very athletic finishes as she looked to put her stamp on the game and the tournament.
Carleton countered with forward Heather Lindsay, who netted 6 points in the opening frame as well. The two forwards went at one another all game, competing hard for points and rebounds right through to the overtime period.
The game came down to the wire as the Ravens finally took a 43-42 lead on a Trivieri 3-point shot with eight minutes to play in the fourth. UQAM responded and the teams went back and forth until the final minute. The Citadins held onto a three-point lead with just under ten seconds on the clock. Trivieri received the basketball at the top of the arc before making one cross-over and then launching a desperation tying attempt from deep and in the process she received contact from a Citadins’ defender. With the game riding on her shoulders, Trivieri scored all three free throws to level the game at 56-56.
Carleton tried to defend their basket on UQAM’s last shot, but the Ravens also were called for a foul with 0.4 seconds, leaving Carlette Lager on the free throw line with with two shots to win it. In the nick of time, around 30 members of the Carleton Ravens Football team showed up to cheer on the women’s basketball team. Poised in the stands, their jeering and cheering was could be attributed to Lager’s two misses at the line to send the game to overtime.
The Ravens found themselves down 4 points a few minutes into OT, but Natasha Plaskacz (Chelsea, QC) hit a big 3-pointer to bring Carleton back to life. Trivieri then unleashed a few playground moves with a crossover to spin combo before putting up an attempt that received the shooter’s role to tie the game. The football team erupted after the initial Trivieri move followed by a second roar after the ball dropped through the hole.
Feeding off of the energy in the stands, Carleton forced a massive turnover on the other end of the floor before Nicole Gilmore (Hamilton, ON) hit a big go-ahead basket in the last 20 seconds to put the Ravens up two.
It was a lead the Ravens would not relinquish. Lindsey Suprunchuk (Ottawa, ON) made a few clutch free throws to close out the memorable tournament finale.
“We are only as strong as our weakest link, and I thought that we had some contributions from everyone at the end,” stated Coach Charles.
The Ravens women’s basketball coach also expressed his appreciation for the football team’s encouragement at the end of the contest.
“I was really happy about the crowd. When the football guys came in, they really gave that extra bit of energy. It made a big difference.”
Carleton (2-1) finishes the McKeen Metro Glebe Tournament in second-place result behind the Regina Cougars who went undefeated though the round robin.
2015 McKeen Metro Glebe Tournament ALL STARS:
Katie Polischuk – Regina Cougars (MVP)
Charlotte Kot – Regina Cougars
Heather Lindsay – Carleton Ravens
Alexandra Trivieri – Carleton Ravens
Jessica Lubin – UQAM Citadins
2015 McKeen Metro Glebe Tournament Results:
Friday, October 23, 2015
UQAM 62 Laurier 37
Regina 67 Carleton 57
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Regina 76 UQAM 62
Carleton 67 Laurier 57
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Regina 85 Laurier 52
Carleton 69 UQAM 64