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WBB | Ravens tough out gutsy win over Golden Hawks

Written by Griffin Porter

Photo by Valerie Wutti

OTTAWA, Ontario – The Carleton Ravens created some of their own adversity with another slow start in the second game of their regular season against the Wilfred Laurier University Golden Hawks, but were able to tough out a gritty 60-59 win that came down to the last possession.

The Ravens rolled out the same starting unit that began the game last night against Waterloo, but it was the Golden Hawks starters that dominated the 1st quarter with their strong paint presence.  Laurier made their mark on the game early by throwing the ball down into the post for open layups with regularity.  The Ravens struggled with their shot on the offensive end, and finished the 1st down 20-8.  1st year guard Kali Pocrnic, competing in her first weekend of U SPORTS regular season basketball, seemed confident that the slow starts that have plagued the Ravens over their first 2 games were going to be a major area of focus for the team going forward.  When asked after the game, Pocrnic said, “we’re definitely going to be working on that.  I feel like we need to change our mindset and get more focus before the game”.

The Ravens successfully began to climb back into the game starting in the 2nd quarter, as their defence came alive and began to contest the Golden Hawks in the paint.  The Ravens allowed just 13 points in the 2nd quarter after allowing 20 in the 1st, and were able to get their offence clicking once again.  Carleton score 22 points in the 2nd quarter and went into halftime down by just 3.

The game remained close throughout the second half, with both teams playing well on defence and forcing tough shots.  For the Ravens, it was their star duo of 3rd year guard Madison Reid and Alyssa Cerino leading the way throughout the intense second half, as the veterans logged 17 points each, including 9-10 free throw shooting from the clutch Cerino.

The Ravens stuck around and kept themselves close throughout much of the second half, until a massive 3-pointer from Reid gave them a 1-point lead with 4 minutes left.  From there, the two teams traded the lead back and forth, before a missed Ravens shot gave the Golden Hawks the ball down by just 1 with 7 seconds left.  Reid, however, came up with the game-winning steal on the last possession, and the Ravens walked away from their first back-to-back of the year with a tough 60-59 win and a 2-0 record.

Asked after the game about the value of playing close games early in the season, Pocrnic said, “It helps us work on our mindset… Laurier’s a tough team, so we’re going to see many teams like that”.  The Ravens will head into their first road game of the season next Friday night at Queen’s as they look to extend their winning streak to start the season.