Women’s Basketball News

Second team U SPORTS All-Canadian Kali Pocrnic finished with a game-high 25 points, leading the second-seeded Carleton Ravens to a 75-58 win over the #7 Fraser Valley Cascades. 

Schedule & Results 

Leading by just six at the half, the defending national champion Ravens used a 12-2 run early in the third quarter to pull away from the Cascades in the tournament opener. Jacqueline Urban added 12 points for the Ravens, with Kyana-Jade Poulin adding 11.

“We shot the ball really well to start the game, and we knew they would make some adjustments to take that away,” said Ravens head coach Dani Sinclair. “They had a great game plan, but I thought our defence in the end, especially in the third and fourth quarter helped us get some easy baskets.”

Carleton will now face either Saint Mary’s or Queen’s in the second semifinal on Saturday night, with UFV playing the loser in the first consolation semifinal tomorrow night.

Julia Tuchscherer and second team All-Canadian Maddy Gobeil led the Cascades with 15 points each. UFV finished with 15 fewer shot attempts than Carleton, due mostly to nine more turnovers, and 13 Ravens offensive rebounds.

Pocrnic was excellent in the first quarter, scoring 10 of her 25 points, leading the favourites to a 29-16 lead.

“There isn’t another player in the country I would want leading our team,” said Sinclair of Pocrnic. “She’s understated and underrated, because she doesn’t demand a lot of attention. She doesn’t need to take shots; she just wants the team to win.”

Fraser Valley went on a run of their own in the second quarter, in a game with an incredibly high pace in the first half. A 10-2 UFV run put them back in the game, as they trailed 37-31 at the half.

However, a 12-2 Carleton run to start the third quarter, which eventually saw them outscore UFV 22-12, put the game out of reach for the Ravens.

Semifinal #2 is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. on Saturday night at Saville Centre, while the first consolation semifinal will get underway at 5:00 p.m. MT tomorrow.

Boxscore

Players of the Game

Carleton: #4 Kali Pocrnic

UFV: #10 Julia Tuchscherer