Written by Alex Kurial
Photo by Marc Lafleur
OTTAWA, Ontario – Carleton (2-1) scored a thrilling come from behind victory in the final game of the McKeen Metro-Glebe tournament on Sunday, downing the Acadia Axewomen (1-2) 56-53 in overtime.
It had been a low scoring game up till halftime, with the visitors converting their ability to make shots from beyond the arc into a slim 20-19 lead at the break.
The Axewoman came out fast in the second half, opening up their lead to 12 halfway through the 3rd quarter. The final frame saw a rejuvenated Carleton side however, as the Ravens fought back with a flurry of timely three pointers to cut into the lead. Fourth year guard Cynthia Dupont was the driving force with the deep shot, hitting three of them from the 4th quarter on to finish with a team high 13 points.
Finally with 2.6 seconds left in the game and down by 3 points, 3rd year guard Jaclyn Ronson nailed a clutch three pointer from the left corner to tie the game and force overtime. Carleton again went down early in overtime, but quickly recovered. A series of made shots, good defensive stands, and late free throw shooting cemented the game for the Ravens.
After the game 2nd year guard Madison Reid said what was a thrilling game for the fans was also a good learning experience for the team. “I think this game was especially good going into the season, because we know how to battle when the score’s close, or when people are fouled out. We know how to click together and fight,” said Reid.
Head coach Taffe Charles talked about what he told his team when they faced that sizeable 2nd half deficit. “I can’t want to win more than the team,” Charles explained. “They have to want to win the game, I don’t play the game. So I thought that message was good, and I thought I saw some decent response to that.”
With preseason now complete, the Ravens will set their sights on defending their national title when the regular season tips off Friday night across town at uOttawa. Carleton’s home opener at the Ravens Nest will be Friday, November 2nd against Laurier.
Concordia 70 (3-0) – Tournament Champions
Laurentian 51 (0-3)
#11 Mackenzie Robinson – Laurentian Voyageurs
#6 Kelsey Rice – Acadia Axewomen
#7 Caroline Task – Concordia Stingers
#9 Madison Reid – Carleton Ravens
#23 Myriam Leclerc – Concordia Stingers
#4 Nelly Owusu – Concordia Stingers