Written by Andrew Savory, Carleton Sports Information
Photo by Valerie Wutti
OTTAWA, ON – The Ravens persevered through a slow start thanks to an efficient shooting display from beyond the arc that helped Carleton walk away with a 71-48 on Saturday night at the Ravens’ Nest.
Fifth-year guard Catherine Traer (Chelsea, QC) paced the Ravens with 11 points, five rebounds and five assists while also wreaking havoc in the passing lines and grabbing six steals and blocking two shots.
“I thought a lot of the kids were hanging on a little bit and conserving some energy. But they weren’t conserving it on the defensive end, they were conserving it on the offensive end. I don’t think we took the ball in as hard as we like to,” Ravens head coach Taffe Charles said.
“But at the end of the day, we got the result. Our effort level was pretty good today.”
The Ravens got off to a promising start thanks to one three-pointer a piece from guards Nicole Gilmore (Hamilton, ON) and Alexandra Trivieri (St. Catharines, ON) that provided Carleton an early 8-4 lead within the first four minutes of the game. The Mustangs responded with a run of their own, however, that was capped off by a short jumper by Mackenzie Puklicz in the lane that bolstered a 12-8 lead for Western heading into the second quarter.
The shooting woes that limited the Ravens in the first quarter began to fade in the second. Traer opened the frame with a quick steal and layup on the fast-break before fifth-year center Heather Lindsay (Ottawa, ON) converted a nice and-1 baby hook that put Carleton ahead 15-12. Western would wrestle back to knot the score at 18-18, but Cynthia Dupont (Coaticook, QC) entered the game and calmly hit a three to restore the Ravens’ lead. Dupont’s shot opened the floodgates for a 14-2 run that ended the first half with Carleton up 32-18.
“The second unit is key. When the first unit’s not going they’re crucial. We got into their bench and showed off our depth. We have some players who shoot the three well and when we’re sharing the ball and keeping good spacing we’re a tough team,” Charles said.
Dupont continued her steady play in the second half, hitting a deep three to give Carleton a 41-25 lead at the 6:17 mark of the third quarter. The second unit rallied around Dupont’s hot shooting as Trivieri and Alyssa Cerino (Stoney Creek, ON) provided valuable minutes off the bench in support of the Ravens’ starters. Cerino converted an and-1 post-move to put Carleton up 49-29 before Lindsay dropped in a teardrop seconds before the third quarter buzzer sounded with the Ravens ahead 56-32.
Western fought hard in the fourth quarter and outscored the Ravens 16-15 in the final frame. Maddy Horst scored four of her team-high 12 points in the last 10 minutes, but it wasn’t enough as the Mustangs fell to the Ravens 71-48.
KEY GAME STATS:
RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#11 Catherine Traer – Guard – 5th year – Chelsea, QC
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C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse – Thunder Bay, ON
Friday, November 24, 2017 – 6 p.m.
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