Written by Griffin Porter
Photo by Valerie Wutti
OTTAWA, Ontario – The Carleton Ravens battled with the York University Lions all throughout their game Saturday night, before the Ravens were able to prevail in a nail-biter, as they extended their win streak to 5 with a 57-53 victory.
Carleton won the defensive struggle primarily through their advantage in the turnover battle, as they forced 25 Lions turnovers that they were able to convert into 17 points, while York was able to only get 6 points from Ravens giveaways.
The game was a scrappy affair, with neither team able to get much offence going all night long. The Ravens were able to pull out the win primarily on the back of their strong defence, as they held the Lions to just 30% shooting from the field and just 3 of 15 shooting from distance. The strong defensive effort turned out to be necessary for the Ravens to take home the win, as they struggled on the offensive end themselves. The Ravens shot just 38% from the field and just 56% from the free throw line. However, their biggest trouble carried over from last night’s win against Lakehead, as once again Carleton struggled to close out possessions with a defensive rebound. The Lions were able to pull down 15 offensive rebounds and scored 12 2nd chance points, one night after the Thunderwolves scored 20 off of 13 offensive rebounds. Rebounding in general was an issue for the Ravens all night long against York, as they were outrebounded 42-29.
Carleton got off to a slow start in this one, a problem that they had struggled with in the beginning of the season. They appeared to have had it solved in the last few games, but it reared its head once again tonight as the team took more than 2 minutes to put their first points on the board, and only had 8 points at the end of the 1st quarter. They were able to bounce back in the middle quarters, however, as they scored 35 points over the 2nd and 3rd periods. The Ravens took a 43-36 lead into the 4th, but a hot Lions start to the final period cut the lead quickly. Carleton got into foul trouble in the 4th and put York in the bonus before the quarter had reached its halfway point, further allowing the Lions to get back into the game. However, Ravens star 5th year forward Alyssa Cerino took over the game down the stretch, scoring 8 of her 18 points in the 4th quarter, including the last 6 Carleton points of the game. Cerino has been the go to player down the stretch for the Ravens in each of their close wins over the last few games, and spoke to what it meant to her that her teammates and coaches placed that trust in her after the game. “It means a lot. My team has a lot of trust in me, and knowing that I’m just trying to do everything I can to not let them down. We’re playing for each other out there”. Asked how she is able to elevate her game so consistently in the clutch, Cerino laughed as she responded, “Sometimes I don’t really think! You try to think but not think at the same time, it’s hard to explain”. The #3 ranked Ravens came away from the weekend with two tough victories, and will look to keep the momentum going next Friday night at the Raven’s Nest against Laurentian.