Written by Alex Kurial
Photo by Valerie Wutti
OTTAWA, Ontario – After suffering their first loss in over a year last weekend, the Carleton Ravens are right back in the win column following a commanding 72-43 victory over the Brock Badgers on Friday night.
The women wasted no time in putting their last game behind them, jumping out to a 7-0 lead to kick things off. After Brock trimmed the lead to 3, Carleton closed the quarter on a perfect 13-0 run to claim a 20-4 lead after 10 minutes. Rookie guard Emma Huff turned it up during this final run, contributing 8 of the final 10 points including a three ball along with an and one conversion.
The Ravens didn’t let up in the 2nd quarter, extending their lead to as many as 18 before settling for a 32-16 lead at the break. 4th year forward Alyssa Cerino took over this quarter, scoring 6 points capped off by a deep ball late as part of her game high 11 points heading into the break. The Stoney Creek, ON showed off her ability to play hard and get to the line as well, knocking down 4 of her points from the charity stripe.
It was a steady dose of senior guard Nicole Gilmore after the restart, as she scored 7 points in a row during a 9-0 team run to really open up the lead. An incredible shutdown effort on defense held the Badgers to just 5 points in the entire quarter. Up 49-21 heading into the 4th, Carleton proved to be saving their best offensive output for last as they put up 23 points in the frame. Huff added 6 more to finish with a team high 17 points, and a game high 3 three pointers. Gilmore stuffed the secondary stat lines, finishing with game highs in rebounds and assists with 11 and 5, and recording a team high 6 steals.
It was a big night for a pair of Ravens rookies, as hometown players Deanna Hinds and Navneet Sandhu both notched their first points of their collegiate careers. The moment was not lost on the rest of the team, with the bench erupting into cheers when they each hit their first basket.
3rd year guard Karyne Jolicoeur played 23 minutes, and was responsible for much of the defensive effort that held Brock to under 30 per cent shooting from the field, and just 14 per cent from three point land. She spoke after the game about what she felt drove the effort.
“We did a pretty good job on 11 [Melissa Tatti], she’s a really good player. We limited her chances,” Jolicoeur said of her team’s efforts against Brock’s top player.
Jolicoeur made clear it was important to bounce back quickly from last week’s loss. “We kind of got embarrassed by our loss. So we had to redeem ourselves, and I think we did a pretty good job of that.”
Carleton moves to 6-1 with the win, and will now look to embark on a new winning streak as they seek to defend their national title.
Ravens Player of the Game:
Emma Huff – Guard – 1st year
McMaster @ Carleton
Saturday, November 24 (6 PM)
Ravens’ Nest – Ottawa, ON