Written by Mark Bahensky
Photo by Valerie Wutti
OTTAWA, Ontario – Carleton began the 2019-2020 season with a 69-62 exhibition game loss to Drury University at the Ravens’ Nest on Sunday afternoon.
Drury came out pressing, taking a 9-2 lead shortly after tip-off against a shorthanded Ravens squad limited to seven players. Veteran Ravens Forward Alyssa Cerino was on her game early, shooting 4 of 6 for eight points in the quarter. However, Drury finished the frame up 24-13.
“I think we were a little frazzled at first, especially with their trapping,” said Cerino. “Once the second quarter came we closed the gap and knew how to break their press a little bit more.”
The Ravens would come out with more energy in the second quarter, cutting into the 11-point deficit. Back-to-back threes from Madison Reid and Jaclyn Ronson would prompt a Drury timeout with 1:37 left on the clock after Carleton cut the lead to 39-33. Although Carleton outscored Drury 24-20 in the second quarter, the Panthers would head to the locker room up by seven.
“We knew that their pressure was going to give us problems, we weren’t surprised by it but I’m proud of how we held the fort and got back in it by halftime,” said Ravens Interim Head Coach Brian Cheng.
Carleton would continue to shave down the lead in the third quarter in large part due to their play on the glass, out-rebounding Drury 13-6. Another three-pointer from Ronson would kick start an 8-0 run for the Ravens, who brought the game to within a point. Although Drury would extend their lead shortly after, a time-out call by Coach Cheng with 1:57 left in the quarter would spark a late surge, with Drury leading 57-56 at the intermission.
Momentum from the third quarter would briefly carry over into the fourth, with Carleton taking their first lead of the game, 58-57, on a made field goal from Marlee Ball. This would be as close as the Ravens would get however, as they were limited to six points in the quarter. An 8-0 run by Drury late in the game would prove to be insurmountable.
Drury’s Hailey Diestelkamp led all scorers with 17 points, while Ball led Carleton with 16 points of her own.
The two teams will be back in action against one another on Monday night at 7:00pm at the Ravens’ Nest.