Written by Griffin Porter
Photo by Valerie Wutti
SAULT STE. MARIE, Ontario – The Carleton Ravens got their weekend off to a strong start, as they came away with a 78-57 victory against the Algoma University Thunderbirds on Friday night in Sault St. Marie.
The Ravens lead the game from start to finish, as Carleton saw strong performances from several of their starters in the win. It was a homecoming of sorts for 4th year guard Marlee Ball, who had played for Algoma for three seasons before transferring to Carleton for her 4th year of eligibility. Ball played well for the Ravens all game long, making several shots and continuing her emergence as one of their strongest scorers early in the season, as she finished the game with 19 points and 5 rebounds. The Ravens also got strong showings from 5th year forward Alyssa Cerino, who went in to the game the leading scorer in the OUA. Cerino added 16 points and 11 rebounds, and the Ravens also got a strong showing from 3rd year guard Jaclyn Ronson, who had 10 points and 6 rebounds.
Carleton had had a bit of trouble with slow starts earlier in the season, but were able to come out of the gates strong in this one as they took a 16-7 lead out of the gates, an encouraging sign for Ravens fans. The Thunderbirds were able to keep the game competitive early by drawing fouls and making their free throws, but were also hamstrung by their turnovers. The Ravens played very strong defence, picking up several steals in the first half, and rebounding the ball very well. The strong defence and rebounding resulted in a 41-28 lead for Carleton at halftime, despite the fact that the two teams were even in the 2nd quarter, scoring 15 points apiece.
The Thunderbirds were able to hang with the Ravens for the rest of the game, ensuring a close and competitive game through the 4th quarter. Carleton rarely let their lead dip below double digits, however, and outscored Algoma in both the 3rd and 4th quarters, albeit only slightly. The Ravens continued to let their offence come from their defence, as they amassed 24 points off of Algoma turnovers. The Ravens also outrebounded the Thunderbirds 39-19, and held Algoma to just 38% shooting from the field.
The Ravens will get a rare Saturday night off, before they travel to Guelph to take on the Gryphons on Sunday afternoon.