The Carleton Ravens defeated the no. 8 ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees in the tenth annual MBNA Capital Hoops Classic 73-50. The Ravens came out hard, ready and rallying to play with the large crowd at their backs. The Ravens broke the game wide open early as they took a 15-0 run to start the game.
Carleton would close the opening quarter ahead 21-6 with an impressive 50 per cent field goal percentage, and never looked back. The Ravens pushed the ball and ran hard down court creating fast break lay-ins and open looks around the perimeter. Three of Carleton’s starters finished the game in two-figures. Third-year, six-foot-three post, Heather Lindsay impacted the game putting up big numbers for her team sealing a double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Guards Elizabeth Leblanc and Lindsay Shotbolt came out to play bucketing 15 and 14 points, adding some big boards to the mix also, grabbing 9 and 7 off the glass, respectfully. The three players, collectively, snatched 31 of the Ravens notable 62 rebounds to end the game.
“In the past, we let the nerves get to us a little bit and we just wanted to come out and be really aggressive and not worry about making mistakes," said head coach for the Ravens Taffe Charles. “We got a little momentum going and the momentum stayed on our side.”
Shaking off the big stadium jitters, Ottawa rallied hard and began to chip away at the lead with a small run of their own of 5-0 to start the second half, but in the end it wasn’t enough to overcome the early edge Carleton lay in their wake.
The steady-handedness after the locker room chat allowed Ottawa to gain control of both the third and fourth turning out 14-12, and 20-18, effectively winning both quarters, but not enough to turn it into a winning game.
Key players for Ottawa came from fourth-year point guard Julia Soriano and third-year guard Sarah Besselink. Soriano had another strong game from beyond the arc hitting 2-6 and finishing with 14 points, 4 rebounds and an assist and a steal a piece. Energy came from Besselink late in the third as she went on to single-handedly score a six-point run getting into the lane and pulling up at the arc. Besselink closed the game with eleven points to add to the Gee-Gees final tally.
The Carleton Ravens are on a roll for the second weekend in a row as they climbed over two Top Ten nationally ranked teams.
“We struggled at the beginning of the year, I think we did a good job of staying composed throughout the game,” noted Heather Lindsay. “We wanted to show teams we’re not just a team they can walk all over.”