Written by Andrew Savory, Carleton Sports Information
Photo by Valerie Wutti
OTTAWA, ON – The Ravens were tested early in the first half but pulled away to hand the Windsor Lancers their first lost of the season, 70-46, on Friday night at the Ravens’ Nest.
Fifth-year point guard Jenjen Abella (Hamilton, ON) scored 10 points to go along with three rebounds and three steals in what proved to be a gritty defensive affair between the two OUA rivals.
“They were inconsistent, we were inconsistent, it’s just that we had a few less spurts of inconsistency. They were playing better than the actual score showed. We came out in the third quarter and made some plays and wrestled it out from there,” head coach Taffe Charles said.
The battle of two undefeated teams began with back-and-forth action that saw each side trying to establish themselves in the paint early. Fifth-year forward Heather Lindsay (Ottawa, ON) opened the contest with one of her trademark hook shots. Abella followed Lindsay with a three to extend the lead to 5-3 early on, but Windsor responded to bring the score to within two at 9-7 thanks to some gritty post-play by Samantha Gucciardi. With Windsor showing signs of making a comeback, fifth-year guard Catherine Traer (Chelsea, QC) hit a pair of free throws to put Carleton up 18-14 heading into the second.
Freshman center Olivia Osamusali was a bright spot for the Lancers all evening. A short jumper by Osamusali kept the score close at 21-18 at the 7:36 mark of the second quarter. Alyssa Cerino (Stoney Creek, ON) provided a necessary spark off the bench for Carleton against her former team in the second frame after Lindsay picked up her second foul. Cerino hit a smooth turnaround jump shot to boost Carleton’s lead and collected two of her game-high four offensive rebounds in the quarter. A last second buzzer-beat by rookie guard Madison Reid (Carleton Place, ON) punctuated a second quarter that saw the Ravens outscore the Lancers, 17-7, and enter the half leading 35-21.
Lindsay and Traer traded jump shots to open the third as Windsor struggled to mount a comeback. Eve Uwayesu hit Windsor’s first three-pointer of the game halfway through the quarter to end the Lancers’ drought from long-range and cut into a 45-26 deficit. Both teams exchanged buckets as Carleton’s lead fluttered north and south of twenty points before Abella flashed her speed with an end-to-end solo effort that she finished with a pull-up jumper to help the Ravens enter the fourth up 56-36.
Windsor chipped away at Carleton’s lead early in the final 10 minutes. A three by Jordan Gutt trimmed the deficit to 56-41 with 8:46 left in the game. Fifteen points would be as close as the Lancers would get however as third-year guard Alexandra Trivieri (St. Catharines, ON) entered the game to hit two layups to cap off a solid performance off the bench with nine points on 4-of-8 shooting while distributing three assists in a 70-46 victory.
Carleton improves to 6-0 with the win heading into Saturday’s tilt against the Western Mustangs.
“We weren’t as prepared as we needed to be. Our focus level wasn’t where it needed to be. Maybe it’s because we were fatigued. I thought we made enough plays to win the game, but we need to be better,” Charles said.
KEY GAME STATS:
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#4 – Jenjen Abella – Guard – 5th year – Hamilton, ON
Carleton vs. Western
Ravens’ Nest – Ottawa, ON
Saturday, November 18, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.
Photographs by Valerie Wutti: