Written by Andrew Savory, Carleton Sports Information
Photo by Valerie Wutti
OTTAWA, ON – It wasn’t pretty, but the Carleton Ravens overcame their shooting struggles to grind out a hard fought 60-53 victory over the Ryerson Rams at the Ravens’ Nest on Friday night.
Fifth-year forward Heather Lindsay (Ottawa, ON) scored 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting from the field while also picking up nine rebounds to go along with three steals and three blocks in 29 minutes.
“We played well considering this is our first game back. It was a tough matchup on the inside but overall as the game went on we improved and did a better job. The offence will always come to us, but communicating defensively is a big part for us,” said forward Alyssa Cerino (Stoney Creek, ON).
The Ravens were strong out of the gate, racing out a 6-0 lead thanks to four quick points from guard Nicole Gilmore (Hamilton, ON), who showed her versatility all night long by diving on the floor for loose balls and nabbing seven rebounds. A three-pointer by point guard Jenjen Abella (Hamilton, ON) extended the lead to 11-4, but Rams center Sofia Paska responded with four points of her own off a baseline jumper and a hook shot in the post to help Ryerson trim Carleton’s lead to 16-10 heading into the second quarter.
Gilmore continued her gritty play in the second by converting a tough and one layup in the lane while drawing a foul en route to converting an eventual three-point play two and a half minutes into the frame. Leyki Sorra nailed a three to reduce Ryerson’s deficit to 19-15 with 5:45 left in the first half, which Emma Fraser followed with a pair of free throws before a pull-up jump shot by Chloe Mago reduced Carleton’s lead to as little as 20-19. With the lead in early jeopardy, Carleton’s starters responded, with fifth-year guard Catherine Traer (Chelsea, QC) scoring four points in the final two minutes of the quarter to restore a 28-24 lead.
The third quarter was a testament to the notion that basketball is a game of runs. Holding onto a slim four-point lead, Carleton’s task in the second half was withstanding waves of scoring pushes from the Rams. Paska converted on two free throws to bring Ryerson to within 32-30 four minutes into the third quarter, but the Rams weren’t done yet. Cara Tiemens added to the comeback with a three to give Ryerson its first lead of the game. Sorra added a three-pointer from the corner minutes later to put the Rams ahead 38-34. But just as it seemed that Ryerson might break away, Carleton stormed back. Traer answered with a three of her own before freshman forward Emma Kiesekamp (Merrickville, ON) finished a timely passing play in the paint to put Carleton back up by one before Lindsay hit a short jumper to ensure the Ravens entered the final quarter leading 41-38.
The fourth quarter played host to four lead changes, with both teams vying to maintain their respective win streaks. Ryerson raced in front by as many as five points after Emma Fraser hit a turnaround jump shot to make the score 48-43, but Carleton showed resilience when put up against the ropes. Forward Elizabeth Leblanc (London, ON) sunk a three in response before Traer finished a transition layup to tie the game. Carleton closed the game on a 12-5 run to seal a 60-53 victory.
“On the offensive and defensive boards, we did a good job of cleaning up, but we talked and it could have been done a little better and we’ll work on that next time out,” Cerino said.
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RAVENS PLAYER OF THE GAME:
#22 Heather Lindsay – Forward – 5th year – Ottawa, ON
Carleton vs. Toronto
Ravens’ Nest – Ottawa, ON
Saturday, January 6, 2018 – 6 p.m.
Photographs by Valerie Wutti: