Written by Griffin Porter
Photo by Valerie Wutti
OTTAWA, Ontario – The Carleton Ravens were able to rely on their defence and a strong 4th quarter performance in a tough win over the Lakehead University Thunderwolves, as they prevailed by a score of 65-54 to improve to 6-1 on the season.
Carleton was able to overcome a quiet night offensively through a combination of defence and aggressiveness, as they were able to get in the paint and draw fouls all night long. The Ravens finished the game having made 20 out of 30 free throws, while the Thunderwolves made just 4 of their 9 attempts from the charity stripe.
The two schools battled all game long, as the neither side was able to shoot the lights out, but each played a gritty and competitive game that produced 35 combined turnovers and 32 fouls between the two teams. The Ravens were lead offensively by the 2nd leading scorer in the province, Alyssa Cerino, as she put up 19 points and 6 rebounds on Friday night. Carleton also benefitted from 18 points from forward Marlee Ball and 10 points from 1st year guard Kali Pocrnic. Ball, the 6th best three point shooter in Ontario this season, has been averaging 16 points per game ever since the Ravens played at Algoma last weekend, the school where she spent the first three years of her OUA career. Asked after the game about her recent hot streak, Ball replied “I haven’t been thinking so much, I’ve just been playing. That’s definitely helped.”
Lakehead came out of the gates strong, taking a 10-5 lead just 3 minutes into the contest, but the Ravens were able to hang around early thanks in part to 3rd year forward Jaclyn Ronson, who started the game hot and had 6 of the first 9 Carleton points. The Ravens used this early scoring to hang with the Thunderwolves until Ball hit a big 3 to tie the game at 11 early in the 1st quarter and then hit another one to give Carleton its first lead later in the opening frame. The Ravens lead 20-14 after the 1st, despite only having points from Ronson, Cerino, and Ball. The 2nd quarter had more strong defence from both sides, but the Ravens allowed just 10 Lakehead points and hit a buzzer beater to take a 33-24 lead into halftime. The Thunderwolves were kept in the game by their rebounding, as they had 12 2nd chance points at the half, and came out doing more of the same in the 3rd, as they cut the Ravens lead down to just 2 thanks in part to 6 more 2nd chance points. The Ravens got a couple big threes from Pocrnic, but Lakehead beat a buzzer of their own at the end of the 3rd to cut the Carleton lead to just 46-43 after 3. Unfortunately for the Thunderwolves, however, Cerino began to take over the game and the Ravens were able to put up 19 points in the 4th to secure the win. The Ravens are back in action Saturday night at the Nest, as they take on the York University Lions.