Written by Taylor Prichard, Sports Information
Photo by Valerie Wutti
(OTTAWA, ON) — The women’s basketball team played one of its finest performances of the season as the Ravens enjoyed an emphatic 73-50 victory over the Ottawa Gee-Gees at the Capital Hoops Classic. With the support of a jubilant Ravens crowd in attendance, Carleton (9-4) snapped a four-game losing streak to the Gee-Gees (11-2) and earned its first CHC win over Ottawa since 2013.
Ravens forward Heather Lindsay (Ottawa, ON), who time and time again has stepped up the Carleton’s biggest games this season, was a force all night as she finished with 18 points, 15 rebounds and 2 blocks.
“It was a big statement win beating a Top 10 team like Ottawa tonight,” said Lindsay, who collected her seventh double-double of the season in the win. “I think we are really starting to set the tone and we’re showing the other OUA teams that we are going to compete in each and every game”.
Carleton found its stride early on as the team jumped out to a 21-6 first quarter lead. Nicole Gilmore (Hamilton, ON) led the way early on as she tallied 8 points in the opening frame, including two 3-point shots (2-2) from beyond the arc.
The Ravens exposed the Gee-Gees on the boards in the first half – outrebounding them by a count of 35 to 12 – to build a commanding 43-16 scoreline heading into the break. Lindsay, a third-year forward, grabbed 12 rebounds before the intermission, equalling uOttawa’s total team rebounds through the opening two quarters.
Lindsay was just as potent scoring the rock as was attacking the glass, as evidenced by her first-half double-double which included 12 points as well. Her play propelled Carleton to a 27-point stranglehold over the Garnet and Grey after twenty minutes of action.
The Ravens’ hot shooting cooled off in the second half, but the Gee-Gees never got rolling to help them make a game of it.
The Gee-Gees outscored Carleton 14-12 in the third quarter, but they still trailed by 25 points after three. Ottawa continued to plug away in the fourth, but the Ravens went basket for basket with their rivals. Gee-Gees guard Julia Soriano contributed 7 points in the final ten minutes, but it was too little too late for Ottawa – the CIS’ No.8 nationally ranked side.
Several Ravens players were instrumental in the victory on Friday night. Fourth-year forward Lindsay Shotbolt (Markham, ON) was a solid contributor throughout the contest as she scored a season-high 14 points while adding 7 rebounds. Rising sophomore Elizabeth Leblanc (London, ON) continued to build on her excellent form in 2016 with 15 points (6-9 FG) and 9 rebounds.
Ottawa, who had only tasted defeat once heading into the Capital Hoops Classic, struggled from the floor all game. The Gee-Gees’ 3-for-17 (17.6%) mark on three-point attempts combined with a 15-for-59 (25.4%) shooting performance from the floor, were both season lows for the OUA North division leaders.
Carleton’s win can be attributed to the team’s rebounding effort which saw them grab a season-high 62 rebounds, a +30 margin over the Gee-Gees.
“We focused on playing to win,” said Ravens head coach Taffe Charles, whose team kept its chances of winning a division title alive this evening. “If you play to win you’re always trying to be aggressive. We did a really good job on the rebounding side and we controlled Ottawa’s extra shots and second chance points.”
With a win over uOttawa, Carleton pushes its unbeaten streak to four games, including two consecutive wins over Top 10 teams.
Carleton moved its all-time Capital Hoops Classic series record to 6-3 over the Gee-Gees, earning the largest margin of victory in a game – 23 points – since the series began in 2008 (9 games).
The game had an announced attendance of 10, 105.
The Ravens head out on the road next weekend with two very challenging games against Brock (8-5) and CIS No. 7 McMaster (10-3) in southern Ontario.
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#22 Heather Lindsay – Forward – 3rd year – Ottawa, ON
Carleton at Brock – Friday, February 12, 2016 – 6 p.m. – Bob Davis Gymnasium (St. Catharines, ON)