- Ravens: Carleton, which lost 6-3 to Concordia on Wednesday, should have a reasonable shot at extending the series Friday. Two Concordia goals in the second forced the issue.
- Gee-Gees: All that fuss over the final playoff berth and Ottawa loses 5-1 to McGill in the first game, putting it behind the 8-ball for Game 2 on Friday.
Dan McDonald had the lone Ottawa tally. McGill went 3-for-8 on the power play.
- Ravens/Golden Gaels: Carleton's first women's basketball home playoff win in school history, 53-42 over Queen's, was pretty much sealed by Tanya Perry (10 points, six rebounds, five assists) hitting a couple backbreaking baskets during a 10-2 run early in the fourth quarter that set up the matchup everyone wanted, Carleton vs. Ottawa in the OUA East semi-final.
Perry's shooting touch was off and then some, 4-for-25, but in a short span she made two driving layups, got an offensive rebound which led to a pair of free throws from Ines Jelic (12 points), and worked the screen-and-roll with Jelic for an easy layup. Perry also, despite the off-night scoring-wise, managed to held Queen's leading scorer Brittany Moore to just six points, including no baskets in the first 28 minutes. From a Carleton perspective, obviously they would hope to finish better (31% shooting, but just nine turnovers) against the Gee-Gees, who are probably quicker and more experienced than Queen's.
There is little question Carleton had come a long way, as a young team. Ashleigh Cleary (12 points, 11 rebounds) had eight points during a 12-2 run that bridged the middle two quarters while Alyson Bush, the frosh guard, hit a couple important baskets in the fourth quarter, including a layin with 3:13 left which iced the game.
Ottawa's been sharper over the most recent run of games, but Cleary, just going by the numbers, seems to have emerged over the past couple weeks. She was limited to six points and four rebounds in 25 foul-plagued minutes vs. Ottawa, taking only four shots, but might be more assertive in the past few weeks.
On the Queen's side, Kendra Walker-Roche had 14 points (four threes) to keep them in the hunt, trailing by just two after three quarters. Bucholtz can speak better to a Queen's point of view. This has been a rough season, between injuries and inexperience, for both Golden Gaels basketball teams.