U SPORTS Women's Basketball: Monday Roundups

Photo: Valerie Wutti
Photo: Valerie Wutti

Ravens knock off Ryerson in OT classic

* Ryerson  65  Carleton  71  Final - OT 
   Ravens Nest 

OTTAWA, ON — In a matchup that will be remembered as one of the top games of the 2016-17 OUA regular season, the Carleton Ravens women’s basketball team emerged victorious over the Ryerson Rams with a 71-65 overtime win on Friday at the Ravens’ Nest.

The country’s fourth-ranked Ravens collected their 17th straight regular-season win in a wild top-ten encounter with the Rams that pushed both teams to the absolute limit.

Carleton forward Catherine Traer (Chelsea, QC) posted one of the season’s top stat lines with a team-high 20 points to accompany her eight rebounds, seven steals and five blocks.

Carleton, who were without the services of OUA First-Team All-Star Heather Lindsay (Ottawa, ON), prevailed over the Rams in a game that had all the makings of a playoff contest, with the packed crowd cheering on the home team in a game that featured 10 lead changes.

The Ravens experienced a difficult start to the game, as the visiting Rams surprised Carleton by taking an 18-10 lead after one. Ryerson shot 7-for-17 in the first, while holding the Ravens to 30% from the floor (3-10 FG)  in the opening ten minutes. Carleton’s Catherine Traer and Elizabeth Leblanc (London, ON) each knocked down a triple in the opening frame, but the quarter belonged to Ryerson’s forward Sofia Paska, who scored seven points, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer to extend the Rams’ lead to eight.

Carleton’s play vastly improved to begin the second, as the Ravens got off to a 7-0 start, trimming the deficit to one point following a Steph Carr (Stittsville, ON) basket. Ryerson was completely shut down offensively for over four minutes to begin the period, but a 7-2 run by the Rams midway through the frame helped them widen the gap once again. However, Carleton clawed back to even the game in the final minute thanks to sharpshooter Steph Carr, who buried a three to make it 27-27. Ryerson’s Kellie Ring gave her team a two-point advantage soon after, but her foul committed on Raven Jenjen Abella (Hamilton, ON) 90 feet away from the Rams’ basket allowed Carleton’s point guard to tie the game up from the free throw line, as the team’s entered the intermission tied at 29.

It was a back-and-forth third quarter that saw the Ravens and Rams exchange the frontrunner position a handful of times.  Ryerson’s Cara Tiemens caught fire from the floor, knocking down several shots and finishing the period with eight points. The Rams held a four-point margin for the majority of the quarter, but Carleton would remain in striking distance thanks Catherine Traer’s effort on both ends of the floor. The fourth-year forward went off for eight points in the third as well, and her last-second rebound and put back as time expired in the quarter had the Ravens trailing by only two as the game reached the fourth.

An intense ten minutes of basketball followed as Nicole Gilmore (Hamilton, ON) tied the game at 49-49 early in the fourth. Catherine Traer came up with the defensive play of the game when she chased down her mark before coming up with a massive block that received a loud roar from the Ravens fans. In a tight final five minutes of regulation time, Jenjen Abella nailed a shot from beyond the arc to give Carleton a 58-56 lead, but Emma Fraser replied to make it 58-58. The Ravens came agonizingly close to winning it late, missing three consecutive shots within five feet of hoop, before Brianne Hamilton (Mississauga, ON) came up with a block on the defensive end on the final play of regulation to help send the game into overtime.

Despite battling through a taxing 40-minute tug of war with Ryerson, Carleton came out flying in the extra session, grabbing a commanding eight-point edge over the Rams, 68-60, with two minutes left in OT. Ryerson reduced the deficit to five, but Elizabeth Leblanc’s jumper with just over 30 seconds remaining finished off the Rams for good to end the marathon.

The Ravens shot 32.3% (21-65 FG) in the game, which was slightly better than Ryerson’s 31.9% (22-69 FG) effort from the floor. Carleton showed great fight on the inside by winning the battle of the boards, 40-37, over the Rams, who entered the game as the conference’s leading rebounding side.

Carleton’s Elizabeth Leblanc had a double-double performance with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while teammate Jenjen Abella finished with 10 points, six rebounds and five assists in 41 minutes of floor time.

Ryerson was guided by Sofia Paska’s 19 points and nine rebounds.

Source: https://goravens.ca/

 

Other scores:

Wed. 15  * Brock  64  Western  73  Final 
   Alumni Hall 
   * McMaster  74  Windsor  73  Final 
   St Denis Centre 
Thu. 16  * McGill  53  Concordia  58  Final 
Fri. 17  * StFX  47  Acadia  84  Final 
   (4-point game) Shoot for the Cure 
   * Saint Mary's  71  Dalhousie  57  Final 
   * Waterloo  41  Lakehead  61  Final 
   C.J Sanders Fieldhouse 
   * Laurentian  54  Algoma  66  Final 
   George Leach Centre 
   * Toronto  57  Ottawa  63  Final 
   Montpetit Hall 
   * Ryerson  65  Carleton  71  Final - OT 
   Ravens Nest 
   * York  52  Queen's  76  Final 
   Athletics & Recreation Centre 
   * UQAM  70  Laval  71  Final 
   Shoot for the Cure - Lancez pour la guérison 
   * Cape Breton  55  UNB  74  Final 
   (4-point game) 
Sat. 18  * Brock  49  Windsor  86  Final 
   St Denis Centre 
   * McMaster  92  Western  40  Final 
   Alumni Hall 
   * Bishop's  50  McGill  73  Final 
   * Acadia  78  Dalhousie  53  Final 
   * Laurier  64  Lakehead  45  Final 
   C.J Sanders Fieldhouse 
   * Toronto  52  Carleton  66  Final 
   Ravens Nest 
   * Nipissing  49  Algoma  69  Final 
   George Leach Centre 
   * Ryerson  56  Ottawa  66  Final 
   Montpetit Hall 
   * Waterloo  86  Guelph  73  Final 
   WF Mitchell Athletics Centre 
Sun. 19  * Cape Breton  63  UPEI  71  Final 
   (4-point game)