OTTAWA, Ont. (from Carleton Ravens) — A tepid start couldn’t mask the offensive outburst that characterized the final three-quarters of play at the Ravens’ Nest on Friday night. Carleton owned a seven-point lead after the opening 10 minutes but proceeded to pour in another 74 points over the next three frames to beat the Laurentian Voyageurs 89-36.
Fifth-year center Heather Lindsay (Ottawa, ON) rebounded from a quiet night last week versus York University with a 23-point outburst that saw the hometown product collect 12 rebounds to go along with two steals and two blocks.
“We just wanted to focus on exploiting our matchups. We had some mismatches down low. They have a smaller team, so we looked to flow through that, and we were able to make it count,” Lindsay said.
The mismatch in favour of the Ravens in the post was evident from the game’s onset. Lindsay scored Carleton’s first eight points in the interior before a three-pointer by point guard Jenjen Abella (Hamilton, ON) capped off an 11-0 run to open the game. L’Ashante Henry converted an and-one layup to help bring the Voyageurs to within five, but a layup by forward Elizabeth Leblanc (London, ON) helped the Ravens enter the second leading 15-8.
After surrendering a double-digit lead in the first quarter, head coach Taffe Charles’ team came out in the second with a point to prove. The Ravens outscored the Voyageurs 32-6 as part of a second-quarter drubbing that saw seven different Carleton players score in support of a 47-14 lead at the half.
The floodgates remained open in the third quarter. Lindsay picked up where she left in the first half by scoring the Ravens’ first five points of the quarter. Freshman forward Emma Kiesekamp (Merrickville, ON) played nine minutes on the night and scored five points, three of which coming via a nice bounce pass from Leblanc, who found Kiesekamp alone on the inside for an easy layup that drew a foul from Sydney Graper. Kiesekamp converted the free throw to give Carleton a 64-19 lead with 3:44 left in the frame. The third quarter buzzer sounded with the lead standing firmly north of 50 points as Carleton entered the fourth up 75-23.
The final 10 minutes played host to a more tightly contested affair that didn’t speak to the overall trend of the game. Henry, Laurentian’s leading scorer this season and in the game, scored seven of her 18 points in the fourth quarter, but with the game well in hand, Carleton secured an eventual 89-36 victory.
The Ravens await the Nipissing Lakers on Saturday night, who will enter the Ravens’ Nest with a 2-12 record. Carleton boosts its undefeated record to 15-0, but Lindsay said that team isn’t done improving in advance of the final stretch of the regular season.
“We have a lot to work on. This was our first good game of the new year we think. We just want to focus on defence and finding the open man,” Lindsay said.
Key Game Stats
Ball movement: The ball was swinging around the perimeter all night long as the Voyageurs scrambled to adjust to the Ravens’ fluid play. Carleton racked up 23 assists to just eight for Laurentian.
Bench contributions: A lack of supplementary scoring spelled defeat for the Voyageurs, who totalled just one point from their second-unit, whereas Carleton’s bench contributed 37 points.
Make it count: Carleton made the most of their trips to the free throw line by converting on 14-of-17 attempts.
Ravens Player of the Game
#22 Heather Lindsay – Forward – 5th year – Ottawa, ON
Carleton vs. Nipissing
Ravens’ Nest – Ottawa, ON
Saturday, January 20, 2018 – 6 p.m.