NORTH BAY, Ont. (from Carleton Ravens) – The Ravens picked up where they left off at the Capital Hoops Classic and improved to 20-0 on the season by defeating the Nipissing Lakers 90-41 on the road.
Fourth-year guard Nicole Gilmore (Hamilton, Ont.) contributed on both ends of the floor tonight, pouring in 24 points on 8-for-11 shooting from the field, while also grabbing six rebounds and a steal in just 16 minutes of action.
The Ravens soared into Friday night with their confidence riding high following a character-building win against the Gee-Gees at the Canadian Tire Centre a week prior. Guard Jenjen Abella (Hamilton, Ont.) canned two threes to help the Ravens wage a quick 12-0 lead over the Lakers halfway into the first frame. Maeve Theriault managed to get Nipissing on the board, but it wasn’t enough early on as Carleton closed out the quarter ahead 18-5.
Head coach Taffe Charles’ squad showed no signs of slowing down in the second quarter. Fifth-year forward Heather Lindsay (Ottawa, Ont.) and Gilmore combined for 16 points in the second to help the Ravens wage a comfortable 39-24 lead at halftime.
Carleton’s defence took over in the second half. The Ravens limited the Lakers to just seven points in the third quarter alone. Gilmore continued her hot shooting by hitting two open threes within the first three and a half minutes of the quarter. But the offensive showcase wasn’t limited just to Gilmore. Second-year guard Karyne Jolicoeur (Ottawa, Ont.) played 13 big minutes and hit a smooth corner three to push the Ravens’ lead to 63-27 with 5:07 left in the third quarter.
The Ravens entered the final quarter ahead 73-31. Despite the 42-point lead, Carleton refused to take its foot off the gas, adding another 10 points in the fourth quarter, including eight timely points from third-year point guard Alexandra Trivieri (St. Catharines, Ont.), which helped solidify an eventual 90-41 victory.
Three-point defence: Carleton did a great job of closing out on Nipissing’s three-point shooters and limited the Lakers to just 5-of-21 (23.8%) from three-point territory.
Ball movement: The Ravens implemented an unselfish style of play once again, racking up 20 assists, while the Lakers totalled eight.
38 consecutive wins: Carleton now owns the longest U Sports women’s basketball regular season winning streak of the 21st century by collecting its 38th straight win, a record previously held by Simon Fraser (2008-2010) and Windsor (2011-2013), who each won 37 in a row.
Carleton vs. Laurentian
Ben F. Avery Gymnasium – Sudbury, Ont.
Saturday, February 10, 2018 – 6 pm EST