Written by Martin Boyce, Carleton Sports Information
Photo by Valerie Wutti/Ian MacAlpine
Head coach Taffe Charles named Coach of the Year, Elizabeth Leblanc wins Defensive Player of the Year
The OUA has announced the 2017-18 women’s basketball major award winners and All-Stars. The Ravens, whose historic undefeated regular season (23-0) led them to a second consecutive division title, have won Coach of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards, while three players have also been named OUA All-Stars this year. Carleton currently sits ranked No.1 in the nation heading into the semifinals of the OUA Critelli Cup playoffs.
Head Coach – 11th Season
Coach of the Year
Following a tremendous 2016-17 season that saw the Ravens set a program record for wins, triumph to an OUA Critelli Cup championship and finish third in the U SPORTS Final 8, Charles led the Ravens women to an even more prolific regular season campaign in 2017-18, earning himself OUA Coach of the Year. He led the Ravens to their first ever undefeated regular season, guiding Carleton to a perfect 23-0 record and breaking the 21st century win streak record for women’s basketball. The Ravens rose to the country’s No.1 ranking for only the second time in program history and maintained it heading into the playoffs, winning by an average of 26.5 points per game. Behind Charles’ leadership, Carleton led the conference in scoring (72.4 PPG) and scoring defence (45.9 PPG). Charles’ Coach of the Year award is his second of his career.
Forward – 4th year – London, ON
Defensive Player of the Year
OUA Second-Team All-Star
Following another strong season for Leblanc, she has earned the Defensive Player of the Year award – Carleton’s first winner since Aly Bush in 2012-13. Named an OUA Second-Team All-Star in both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 campaigns, Leblanc has also been named a Second-Team All-Star for the third year in a row. The forward averaged 10.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game ranking second and third, respectively, on Carleton. Leblanc shot a career-best 44.9 per cent from the floor, and 32 percent from the three-point line. With 26.7 minutes per game – her third consecutive season leading the Ravens in playing time – Leblanc accumulated 26 blocks and 23 steals, providing the Ravens with stellar defence and repeatedly shutdown the opposing teams’ best players. She played a crucial role in the Ravens defence and led the team to a conference-best 45.9 points against per game, 10.5 PPG better than the next best defensive team.
Forward – 5th year – Ottawa, ON
OUA Second-Team All-Star
Lindsay, a 6-foot-3 forward, had a sensational season for Carleton, averaging 10 rebounds per game, fourth in the conference. Lindsay was the most efficient offensive player in the OUA, shooting 54.7 per cent from the field and dropping 11 points per game. Defensively, the fifth-year veteran had 30 blocks to finish sixth in the conference and tallied 6.8 defensive rebounds to finish fourth in the conference. A former OUA All-Rookie Team selection in 2013-14, this is Lindsay’s third consecutive year being named an All-Star after two straight OUA First-Team All-Star selections.
Forward – 5th year – Chelsea, QC
OUA Third-Team All-Star
After making a significant impact in her first season at Carleton last year, Traer once again played a crucial role in the team’s historic season. The 6-foot-1 forward averaged 10.4 points per game, third best on Carleton, shooting 35.3 per cent from the field. Traer’s impact on the defensive end of the court proved crucial to the team’s success as well, as she came up with 43 steals (16th in OUA) and 32 blocks (5th in OUA). Traer, an OUA All-Rookie selection in 2012-13, an OUA Second-Team All-Star in 2015-16 and OUA First-Team All-Star last season, has been named an OUA Third-Team All-Star in her final year of U SPORTS eligibility.