OTTAWA (February 19, 2016) – A slow start, on top of an off night shooting, cost the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women's basketball team in a 69-46 loss to the Carleton Ravens on Friday night.
The Ravens were hot on the court right from tipoff as they drained shot after shot and, while the stumbling Hawks struggled to compose themselves, put up 21 points without any response from their opposition. Finally, with three minutes left in the first frame, the Hawks got on the board to end the quarter with Carleton up 25-4.
The two baskets broke whatever ice was holding back the Hawks, however, as the second quarter shifted in their favour and they outscored the Ravens 17-13 for a 38-21 halftime score.
Although the Hawks played competitive ball for the remaining half of the game, the damage was done in the those first ten minutes, and Laurier was defeated 69-46.
While Carleton’s fourth year forward Lindsay Shotbolt (Markham, Ont.) and third year forward Heather Lindsay (Ottawa, Ont.) finished with 20 and 16 points respectively, no Golden Hawks were able to break into double digits as the team-high came from fifth year guard COURTNEY BRUCE (Orillia, Ont.) with nine points and two rebounds added.
Highlighting the night for the Hawks was Heather Payne with the fourth year forward from North Bay, Ont., notching eight points and grabbing 10 of the 31 rebounds recorded by the Hawks on the night.
Outside of the first quarter struggles for the Hawks, the 69-46 game was built on the strength of the sure shots as Carleton capitalized on 46.9 percent of field goals compared to the Hawks’ 27.7 percent. Both teams found little success from beyond the arc as Carleton went 3-for-20 and Laurier went only 2-for-25.
The Golden Hawks look to rebound from the loss with their next game in Ottawa against the Gee-Gees. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 20th and the game can be viewed on OUA.tv.