Written by Alex Kurial
Photo by Hung Le
TORONTO, Ontario – The Carleton Ravens started off 2019 with a statement 78-70 victory over the Ryerson Rams in Toronto on Saturday.
The Ravens wasted no time getting going in this one, as guard Madison Reid hit a three ball off the bat to open the scoring. The Carleton Place native drained another deep ball shortly after, but then had to watch as the Rams went on a 6-0 run led by standout forward Jama Bin-Edward to go up by six. Still down by the same score halfway through the quarter, the Ravens fought back to within one through an and one conversion by Cythina Dupont, before Carleton grabbed the lead on a three from fifth year guard Nicole Gilmore. Bin-Edward grabbed a late basket to tie things at 20 after ten minutes.
Carleton came flying out of the intermission and in the opening four minutes of the 2nd quarter opened up a 10 point lead. The lead stretched to as high as 11 off a Dupont three ball, and it looked for a while as though the Ravens might run away on their fellow OUA powerhouse. The home side showed why they came into this game with a 9-1 record however, closing the half on an 8-2 run to get back in the game.
Holding a 35-30 lead going into the 3rd quarter, the Ravens saw this lead disappear in the opening minute as Ryerson followed up a Cara Tiemens three pointer with an and one conversion from Bronwyn Williams. Carleton managed just 12 points in the quarter, and saw the Rams lead jump to as much as six before settling at 52-47 entering the 4th.
Carleton looked to set the tone early in the final frame as Gilmore nailed an early three to trim the lead. The Ravens kept connecting on shots, but struggled to contain Ryerson on the other end as the home side continued to maintain their multiple possession advantage. The momentum finally began to swing however on a massive three point shot by third year guard Jaclyn Ronson to cut the lead to one at 65-64 with under 4 minutes to go. After a stop on the other end, forward Emma Kiesekamp powered to the net to make a layup and give Carleton the lead back for the first time since the start of the half.
Reid hit two more of her game high 20 points soon after to give her side a three point lead. Of course there was no quit in this Ryerson team, and they managed to pull back within one to put the pressure on Carleton. Needing to step up and close things out in a hostile environment, the Ravens veterans took charge as Dupont sunk a three and Gilmore banked a dagger shot off the backboard and in with 25 seconds left to ice the game.
Four Ravens players hit double digit scoring in this game, led by Reid who was 4 of 8 from beyond the arc. Carleton’s offense was firing on all cylinders in the final quarter, with their 31 points providing more scoring than their 2nd and 3rd quarters combined. The Ravens are now on a three game win streak, and sit equal with Ryerson at 9-2 in the standings.
Ravens Player of the Game: Madison Reid – Guard – 2nd year
Up Next: Carleton @ Toronto
Sunday, January 6 (2 PM)
Goldring Centre – Toronto, ON