Written by Griffin Porter
Photo by Gar Fitzgerald
GUELPH, Ontario – The #6 ranked Carleton Ravens went into a top-10 U SPORTS matchup against the #7 Guelph Gryphons and walked away with a comfortable win, as they prevailed over the home side 72-62 on Sunday afternoon.
The Ravens were led by a strong defensive effort from the entire roster, as they held Guelph below 40% shooting from the field and forced 16 turnovers. The win was the 5th on the season for the Ravens, as they improved to 5-1.
1st year guard Tatyanna Burke was one of the standout players for Carleton in this one, as the young player was heavily involved in the game on both sides of the ball. Burke tied for the Ravens scoring lead on the game, as she put 12 points on the board, but her contribution to the Carleton win came in just about every category imaginable. Burke pulled down 4 of the team’s 9 offensive rebounds, had 5 assists, 3 steals, and tipped several more Guelph passes that she wasn’t able to fully intercept. The young guard also played great individual defence, and did it while only committing 2 fouls on the game. When Guelph 1st year guard MacKeely Shantz began a scoring streak that threatened to shrink the Ravens lead in the 3rd quarter, Carleton responded by placing Burke on Shantz, and Burke responded by locking the hot shooter down. The Ravens also got strong contributions from 5th year forward Alyssa Cerino, who had 12 points, and 2nd year guard Emma Huff, who made 2 three pointers en route to 10 points on 4-7 shooting.
It was a game of runs on Sunday afternoon, especially in the 1st half. Carleton started the game by quickly getting up 5-0, before Guelph got back into it and shrank the Carleton lead to 6-5. The Ravens came right back to go up 11-5, and then found their defensive identity, as their lead grew to 18-5. Carleton also did a good job of getting the Gryphons into foul trouble early, forcing some key Guelph players to take long stints on the bench in the first half, including Shantz. The Ravens were able to capitalize on these absences, and finished the 1st quarter up 21-13. However, a Guelph run to start the 2nd closed the gap to 22-18, but Carleton responded to reopen a large lead and got up 36-21 in the 2nd quarter. From there the game began to stabilize, as the Ravens lead 40-24 at halftime and never trailed again, as they took home the 72-62 win.
Carleton’s 4-game road trip has now finally come to a close, and the team will return home to the friendly confines of the Raven’s Nest next weekend, as they take on Lakehead on Friday night and York on Saturday.