Wednesday, February 18, 2009

CIS Corner: A first for women's hoops Ravens

Notes on our teams/athletes of interest from The 613...

  • 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.


Anonymous said...

Didn't Carleton beat Queen's in the playoffs last year too?
And why is Ottawa U not putting the men's and women's games back to back on Saturday?

Andrew Bucholtz said...

Carleton did beat Queen's in the playoffs last year on the road; perhaps this is the first home playoff win in school history? On the Queen's front, this was pretty expected in my mind; the team's struggled all year and lost three key players from previous editions (Sarah Barnes to graduation, Teddi Firmi to the rugby team and Jess Selinger to injury). They have some good young talent in players like Brittany Moore, but it may be a long rebuilding process.

sager said...

Stopped dropped words, it was the first home playoff win for Carleton to go along with the first of any kind.

I sent an e-mail to uOttawa to ask about the start time. It could have something to do with reading week, maybe?

Anonymous said...

The reason why it is not a doubleheader at Ottawa U is because it is not a regular season game, it's the playoffs....the OUA men's and women's playoffs are independent of each other and therefore there is a separate admission charged.
That is the reason for the 3 PM and 8 PM start times.
The fact that there is a playoff game for both men and women at Ottawa U on the same day is a coincidence.
And yes, Carleton did beat Queen's on the road last year for its first post season win.

Anonymous said...

Both games are being shown live in Ottawa on Rogers Community Cable Channel 22.

Anonymous said...

Still it seems to me like they would get a much better crowd for the women's game if they paired it with the men.

Anonymous said...

I don't disagree with you, but that's the way they do things.