The Capital Hoops Classic was a disappointment for the uOttawa women’s basketball team, falling 57-44 to the Carleton Ravens. uOttawa had trouble scoring and were dominated by Carleton’s height at both ends of the court. Ravens guards Nicole Gilmore and Jenjen Abella both had a big night, leading in scoring with 19 and 12 points, respectively. uOttawa’s Sarah Besselink got on the board late in the game finishing with 16 points.
“We didn’t make any plays the first three quarters,” explains Ottawa head coach Andy Sparks simply.
uOttawa to used a double team strategy on Heather Lindsay. Their system efficiently limited Catherine Traer and Lindsay to four and eight points, respectively. However, double teaming the Raven post players gave guards Abella and Gilmore open shots. Sparks explains, “we didn’t do a good job at rotating down to cover for the person that was doubling, the players that beat us were their fourth and fifth players. They played well, they did a good job.”
The lack of rotation also gave the Ravens an advantage off the glass, Sparks explains, “from a defensive perspective that got it out of her hands but it also opened up a lot of weak side rebounds.” The Ravens had seventeen second chance points, and outrebounded uOttawa 49-36.
The Gee-Gees had trouble scoring tonight with 27.3 percent field goal percentage compared to the Ravens at 35 percent.
uOttawa has had success earlier this season through different players stepping up to fill the injury-induced gaps in the roster. However, tonight this did not happen, and the Ravens used it as an opportunity to score big on offence.
“We got to get back to the drawing board, maybe we will get a chance to play them again later in the year and have Soriano and Lemoine healthy but, you just never know,” concludes Sparks.
uOttawa out shot Carleton 75 percent to 68.8 percent from the free-throw line. Ottawa produced fifteen bench points compared to Carleton’s seven. uOttawa had 13.3 three-point three-point percentage compared to Carleton’s 23.5 percent.