Laurier: 51 Carleton: 68
OTTAWA (February 27, 2017) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team had their season come to an end on Saturday night as they suffered a 68-51 loss to the No. 4 Carleton Ravens in the OUA Quarter-finals.
The Hawks, seeded seventh in the conference, were unable to contain a balanced offensive attack from the second-seeded Ravens as the home team had five players score in double figures in the victory.
“I thought we started out pretty well,” said head coach Paul Falco
after the game. “We set out to control the inside game better than the last time we played them. In the second quarter we lost some of their three-point shooters and that allowed them to gap us a little bit. In the second half, I think you saw how tough Carleton can be in that they are very well balanced and had scoring from a lot of different people. They’re a tough team and they deserved to win.”
In the first playoff meeting between the two teams since Laurier won the OUA Bronze Medal over Carleton in 2014, the game started out as a defensive battled as neither team gave an inch on either side of the court. The two teams combined for seven blocks in the opening 10 minutes resulting in a low-scoring quarter that had the Hawks even at 11 with the nationally-ranked Ravens.
With Laurier successfully limiting the inside scoring options for Carleton, the Ravens turned to the three-point ball in the second quarter and to great success as the home team hit connected five times from three-point range in the frame. The Hawks were unable to answer this offensive barrage and Carleton took a nine-point cushion into the second half.
“I was hoping a couple of them wouldn’t shoot as well,” said Falco of Carleton’s success from deep. “I think a couple of them shot better than they had this year. But they do have some three-point threats and we were trying to minimize the inside game and they were able to take advantage of the outside so credit to them.”
The Ravens smothering defence along with their continued balance on offence carried over into the third quarter as Laurier was unable to make a run to get themselves back into the contest.
Trailing 51-36 entering the fourth, the Hawks managed to put together their best offensive quarter of the contest but it wasn’t enough to keep their season going as they fell one game short of advancing to the OUA Final Four tournament.
Carleton’s balanced offensive attack was led by Cynthia Dupont of Waterville, Que., who came off the bench to score a team-high 15 points in 18 minutes.
Forwards Catherine Traer of Chelsea, Que., and Heather Lindsay of Ottawa, both added double-doubles as Traer finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds while Lindsay had 11 points and 15 rebounds.
For the Golden Hawks, it was guard Nicole Morrison
of Hamilton, leading the way as she finished with a game-high 17 points to go along with seven rebounds and three assists.
In what turned out to be her final game wearing the purple and gold, fifth year guard Kaitlyn Schenck
of Kitchener, Ont., finished with 12 points, four rebounds and two assists.
“I don’t think I can put into words what [my time here has meant],” said Schenck following the game. “There’s not one single sentence or anything I can use to describe this. I’m just so fortunate and grateful that I was able to spend five years here and do what I was able to do.”
Despite the loss, Falco believes the game represents a great learning opportunity for a roster that will return all but one player next season
“All year our girls came and battled hard. They followed the game plan [today] and when you look at it, we had six first years on the team who got a lot of good experience so that’s definitely a positive. It’s a good learning experience for us to play in that environment against one of the top teams in the country.”