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WBB | Voyageurs edge Ravens to snap streak

Written by Alex Kurial

Photo by Valerie Wutti

SUDBURY, Ontario – Carleton suffered a stunning defeat on Friday night, dropping a 69-66 decision to the Laurentian Voyageurs on the road.

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The Ravens were riding a four game win streak coming into the matchup, and had climbed back into first place in the OUA East with a win last weekend over Ryerson. Most observers would have expected a similar result over the 4-8 Voyageurs, but an early run to jump out to a 9-3 lead announced that the home side would not be taken lightly. A Cynthia Dupont three ball after Carleton had fallen down 10 looked as though it may right the first quarter ship, but Laurentian instead locked down on defense and added a final basket of their own to take a 19-10 lead after one.

In the 2nd quarter it looked as though the Ravens finally found their feet, and after back to back deep balls from Madison Reid the visitors had cut the lead to just two at 26-24. This was immediately followed by an 8-0 run from the Voyageurs however as they blew their lead back to double digits. Mackenzie Robinson was the catalyst for the spurt, equaling Reid’s earlier effort of back to back connections from downtown. After a Dupont basket finally stopped the bleeding, Bailey Tabin would add two more final points for Laurentian to give her side a 36-26 advantage at the break.

Alyssa Cerino connected on the first basket out of halftime, but a three from Andrea Zulich kept momentum with the home side. As she has done many times this season though, 5th year veteran Nicole Gilmore took it upon herself to get her team back in the game. Gilmore sank 16 points in the 3rd quarter, including a trio of three pointers. The remarkable effort brought Carleton all the way back to within just two of Laurentian going into the final quarter, at 54-52.

An Emma Kiesekamp free throw to start the 4th got Carleton within a point, but a big and one conversion from Tabin right after gave the Voyageurs some breathing room back. The forward from Saskatoon would finish with a team high 23 points. Her fifth point in a row made it 59-53 with seven minutes to go. Carleton was not ready to go away though, and with just over four minutes left Alex Trivieri nailed a three to get the Ravens within four. Gilmore made one final push of her own late with an add one conversion on a driving layup to cut the lead to just two, and after free throws on the other end Trivieri hit again from deep to keep her team within one possession. Trivieri would get one final chance to tie at the buzzer, but her heave from deep was off the mark as Laurentian completed the improbable victory.

It was a big night for Nicole Gilmore, who in spite of the loss had a game high 24 points. She added a big 13 rebounds for the double double stat line. The Ravens will have to quickly regroup to avoid a similar upset on Saturday night, as they head to Nipissing to take on the 3-10 Lakers.

Ravens Player of the Game: Nicole Gilmore – Guard – Fifth Year

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Carleton vs Nipissing Lakers
Saturday, January 12 – 6pm
North Bay, ON