Written by Griffin Porter
Photo by Valerie Wutti
SUDBURY, Ontario – One night after the Carleton Ravens gutted out a hard fought, scrappy win over the Nipissing Lakers, they showed their flexibility in a very different victory over the Laurentian University Voyageurs. Carleton didn’t perform quite as well on the defensive end, but had their offence operating much better than the previous night, as they got to the free throw line and hit their long distance shots in their 78-63 win, improving to 2-0 following the winter break.
The Ravens were able to improve in many of the areas that they struggled with last night against the Lakers, and used those improvements to get off to a hot start and play a very strong game offensively. While Carleton struggled to get to the line and limit turnovers, as well as make shots, last night against Nipissing, they were able to reverse those trends in the win against Laurentian. Carleton made 16 of their 18 free throws after going just 2/5 the previous night, and were able to cut down on their turnovers as well. The most notable improvement, however, came from their shot making ability. Just 24 hours after the Ravens struggled to shoot both from the mid-range and long range, the team enjoyed an almost universal resurgence back to their offensive norm. Carleton shot 44% from three-point distance, and just under 50% from the field for the game, as they were able to capitalize off of their defence to create easy offence. The Ravens turned 18 Laurentian turnovers into 25 points, which proved to be a big factor in their 15 point win.
Carleton started the game white-hot, jumping out on a 11-2 run to start the contest, and was able to sustain that margin for the rest of the 1st quarter. The Ravens expanded on their lead in the 2nd quarter, and that cushion allowed them to withstand a stronger challenge from Laurentian in the 2nd half and walk away with the win. The Ravens were lead on the offensive end by 5th year forward Alyssa Cerino, who made 7-11 field goals as well as 9 free throws to tally 23 points. Cerino’s strong play in the paint paired well with the Ravens’ sharpshooters, as guards Marlee Ball and Emma Huff both were locked in from distance. Ball shot 5-8 from distance and Huff added a 4-7 shooting performance to drastically improve the Ravens’ performance from deep. Ball totalled 17 points, and Huff added 12 in the win.
The Ravens will look to keep the momentum going next week, as they return to Ottawa for their first home games since they dropped a tough loss to the Gee-Gees. Carleton will take on the Ontario Tech Ridgebacks on Friday night and the Queen’s Gaels on Saturday the 18th.