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Women’s Basketball Preview: 10th Annual McKeen Metro Glebe Tournament

Written by Taylor Prichard, Sports Information

Photo by Valerie Wutti

The Carleton Ravens will host the 10th Annual McKeen Metro Glebe Tournament from October 23rd-25th at the Ravens’ Nest. The women’s varsity basketball team heads into this weekend with a preseason record of 2-7. GoRavens.ca takes a closer look at Carleton and their three opponents, all of whom are vying for the McKeen Metro Glebe title. 

CARLETON RAVENS

Head coach: Taffe Charles (9th season)
Location: Ottawa, ON
Conference: OUA – North Division
Record in 2014-15: 9-10 (2nd)
Playoffs: OUA First Round
2014-15 PPG: 58.5
2014-15 OPP PPG: 55.3
Preseason Record: 2-7

Returning Leading Scorer: Lindsay Shotbolt (11.6 ppg)
Returning Leading Rebounder: Lindsay Shotbolt (9.0 rpg) 

Team Preview: Carleton comes into the Metro Glebe with a very bruised and battered bunch. Coach Charles is currently without the services of three of his starting five players at the moment. The bench will have to step up this weekend as the Ravens will be short on players. The home crowd advantage will play a factor into the success of the team through the round-robin. To be successful this weekend, Heather Lindsay (Ottawa, ON) will have to come up with consistent double-double performances, while first-year guard Alexandra Trivieri (St. Catharines, ON) will need to play like a veteran if the hosts are to succeed.

REGINA COUGARS

Head coach: Dave Taylor (10th season)
Location: Regina, SK
Conference: Canada West – Pioneer Division
Record in 2014-15: 12-8 (6th)
Playoffs: Canada West Quarter-Finals
2014-15 PPG: 72.3
2014-15 OPP PPG: 68.2
Preseason Record: 6-1

Returning Leading Scorer: Katie Polischuk (13.3 ppg)
Returning Leading Rebounder: Alyssia Kajati (7.7 rpg)

Team Preview: Regina is a dangerous offensive group that returns their top-four scorers to the lineup in 2015-16. The Cougars were the 6th highest scoring team in the country last year, as they connected on 33.7% of their 3-pointers last season. They also had the 3rd highest rebounding margin in the country last season at +11.9. Although Regina was a lethal offensive group, their play at the other end of the floor could be their weakness as they finished in the bottom third of the CIS in scoring defence in 2014-15.

LAURIER GOLDEN HAWKS

Head coach: Paul Falco (7th season)
Location: Waterloo, ON
Conference: OUA – West Division
Record in 2014-15: 17-3 (2nd)
Playoffs: OUA Semi-Finals
2014-15 PPG: 71.5
2014-15 OPP PPG: 55.7
Preseason Record: 3-2

Returning Leading Scorer: Nicole Morrison (12.4 ppg)
Returning Leading Rebounder: Nicole Morrison (4.6 rpg)

Team Preview: Laurier has graduated some significant pieces from their 2014-15 roster as they will have to make up for the loss of their top three rebounders. However, the Golden Hawks will return three of their top five scorers. Laurier was the only team to beat CIS juggernaut Windsor last season, so they are well coached under Paul Flaco. Laurier’s 3rd-year guard Nicole Morrison will be a vital source of scoring and rebounding for the Golden Hawks.

UQAM CITADINS

Head coach: Albena Branzova (5th season)
Location: Montreal, QC
Conference: RSEQ
Record in 2014-15: 11-5 (2nd)
Playoffs: RSEQ Finalists
2014-15 PPG: 63.3
2014-15 OPP PPG: 54.1
Preseason Record: 4-3

Returning Leading Scorer: Quételine Célestin (14.4 ppg)
Returning Leading Rebounder: Jessica Lubin (9.1 ppg)

Team Preview: The Citadins have one of the best combos in the CIS with guard Quételine Célestin and forward Jessica Lubin. The Citadins crash the offensive glass for plenty of second-chance opportunities, having finished 3rd in the country with 17.1 offensive boards per game. Their defence is one of the stingiest in the country as well, as it finished the 2014-15 season ranked in the top five in Canada. While UQAM is not a very deep group, they do have some of the most talented individuals at their disposal. 

SCHEDULE

*All games will be played at the Ravens’ Nest in Alumni Hall*

Friday, October 23, 2015

Laurier vs. UQAM – 6 p.m.
Carleton vs. Regina – 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Regina vs. UQAM – 6 p.m.
Carleton vs. Laurier – 8 p.m.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Laurier vs. Regina – 12 p.m.
Carleton vs. UQAM – 2 p.m.