TORONTO, Ont. (from Carleton Ravens) – The Ravens were tested right up until the game’s final moments against the Rams, but Carleton was able to nurse a slim lead to walk away with a 55-43 win and ensure that their undefeated record remained unscathed.
Fifth-year forward Heather Lindsay (Ottawa, Ont.) had a quiet night on the offensive end of the floor, scoring nine points on 4-of-8 shooting, but she managed to haul in 16 rebounds while also blocking three shots and recording two steals.
Baskets were hard to come by on Saturday night at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. A layup by guard Nicole Gilmore (Hamilton, Ont.) at the 5:26 mark gave Carleton a mere 5-4 lead. Three minutes later fifth-year Stephanie Carr (Stittsville, Ont.) hit a timely three-pointer to give the Ravens their largest lead at 13-6. A late-quarter finger roll by Cara Tiemens kept the Rams within striking distance at 15-10.
Forward Alyssa Cerino (Stoney Creek, Ont.) entered the game in the second quarter and looked to provide the Ravens with an offensive jolt. The crafty forward finished off a nice post move to open the scoring in the frame. It was the lone basket of the quarter until fourth-year Elizabeth Leblanc (London, Ont.) hit a pull up jump shot two minutes later. Tiemens cut the deficit back down to seven with a step-around layup in traffic, but guard Catherine Traer (Chelsea, Que.) ensured that the Ravens entered the second half with a double-digit lead. Traer answered Tiemens’ layup with a three-pointer in the corner, before adding a layup of her own with 1:24 left to go in the quarter to help support a 29-17 lead for the Ravens heading into halftime.
Traer’s hot hand didn’t cool off to begin the third as she nailed another three thirty seconds into the half. Fifth-year Jenjen Abella (Hamilton, Ont.) joined the long-range effort a few minutes later with a three-point strike of her own. But the third quarter was Ryerson’s for the taking as they outscored Carleton 19-14. Leading the charge for the Rams were Tiemens and Marin Scotten. A turnaround jumper from Scotten with 50 seconds to go in the third was the last marker of the quarter and settled the score at 43-36 entering the final frame.
With the lead down to single digits, the Ravens were tasked with closing out a game that saw both teams struggle from field goal range. Leyki Sorra split a pair of free throws to cut the lead to six in the first minute of the fourth quarter, but the Rams were unable to edge any closer. A three-pointer by Abella courtesy a give-and-go with Traer pushed the lead to 50-37 with six minutes left to play. Emma Fraser nearly made things interesting with just under 90 seconds left when she hit a baseline jump shot to reduce the differential to eight, but Leblanc and Lindsay answered with two quick baskets to secure a 55-43 victory.