The Gee-Gees held on to take their third Capital Hoops Classic in four years 46-40 over the Carleton Ravens on Friday night.
uOttawa needed to lean back on their defence to get the win as their offensive game was slow to the punch all night. But the story that dominated the night was the Gee-Gees inability to rebound against a much bigger Carleton squad.
“Definitely an ugly win, we’ll take it though,” said fourth-year Kellie Ring after the game. “Our goal coming into the second half was, if it’s going to be a win, we have to keep them to 40 points. We did just that. Julia Soriano, what a warrior. She came out raring to go and we all followed her lead.”
It was the Gee-Gees taking a 8-2 early lead making three of the first four shots. A quick start transtitioned into a 10 minute stretch where the Gee-Gees couldn’t make a shot. The Ravens took advantage, using an 8-1 run to take their first lead with 3:30 to go in the first. The only Gee-Gees’ point came at the free throw line.
The Gee-Gees started to tighten up on defence but their offensive struggles continued through the second quarter. Despite outscoring the Ravens in the second frame, the Gee-Gees went into halftime trailing 25-19.
Ravens really showed their strength dominating down low, out-rebounding uOttawa 17-2 in the first quarter.
“Rebounds are something we definitely have to work on,” added Ring. “We’re definitely not good enough on the boards. They’re bigger girls but we’ve just got to out-muscle them and out-work them.”
“We got three baskets from everyone but Julia Soriano in the first half,” said head coach Andy Sparks. “Julia, I thought stepped up from the start and at least kept us in the game at half. We talked a lot about accountability at halftime. We said everyone needed to step up. I really thought in the second half, they really did.”
The Gee-Gees responded by opening the second half with the first nine points to take back the lead. But that would be short-lived as the Ravens woke up and took back the lead heading to the fourth quarter with a 6-0 run. Kellie Ring took matters into her own hands in the final minute of the third. She hit a wide open three to tie it then stole the ball on the defensive end and took it in for the go ahead layup.
Gee-Gees built their largest lead with five minutes to go as they went up 43-36. They did well to limit the Ravens to 15 second half points. But it could have been easier down the stretch as uOttawa left some crucial points on the court with their lacklustre free throw shooting, going 4-for-12 from the line.
The Ravens took second, third, and fourth chances to bring it closer in the final three minutes with their ability to muscle the Gee-Gees on rebounds. But the shots wouldn’t go. So with 1:10 to go, Krista van Singerland got open at the top of the arc and hit a three to give the Gee-Gees a six-point lead and all but ice it.
"It was never pretty from an offensive perspective at any point,” said Sparks. “But I think we got a little bit in the fourth quarter the things we were trying to get. We got isolations for Kellie and Krista that gave them opportunities to attack and I thought that they stepped up.”
Ring led the way offensively with 15 points, 13 of them in the second half, while Soriano and van Singerland each had 11. The Gee-Gees saw a total of nine points from the rest of their roster. Stephanie Carr paced the Ravens with 15 points of her own.
“It’s a difficult environment to play in. Beating them was important though. We have to be able to beat teams in key situations like this,” concluded Sparks.
BOX SCORE 1 2 3 4 F
uOttawa 9 10 16 11 46
Carleton 16 9 8 7 40