Women’s Basketball News

The Carleton Ravens have clinched their spot in the U SPORTS Final thanks to a 74-40 semifinal win over the Queen’s Gaels at the Saville Centre. 

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 The Ravens were utterly dominant on both sides of the ball in the contest, shooting an impressive 43.5% from the field while limiting the seventh-best offence in the nation in Queen’s to just a 23.3% mark. They also won the rebounding and turnover battle in what was a remarkably complete performance.

“From the start of the game, we have a consistency and focus on the defensive end,” said Carleton head coach Dani Sinclair. “They had a few good looks early, but about four minutes in we got on the same page defensively, and carried that through the rest of the game.”

The Ravens advance to the Final for the second-straight year, where they will look to repeat as U SPORTS champions. They will face the Saskatchewan Huskies in what is a rematch of the 2018 Championship Final, one that Carleton won for their first-ever national title. Queen’s will face Laval in the Bronze Medal Game.

Kali Pocrnic led the Ravens with 22 points in just 20 minutes of action, finishing the game shooting 8/15 with two assists and three steals. Tatyanna Burke and Kyada-Jade Poulin added 12 each.

“We talk all the moving the ball, because we want to use our spacing to be able to find multiple options,” said Sinclair of their balanced attack. “Poulin is our anchor on the defensive end, but tonight she was aggressive on offence too.”

First team USPORTS All-Canadian Julia Chadwick was impressive for the Gaels, recording a team-high 14 points to go with 10 rebounds.

It was a shotgun start in this one, with both teams eclipsing the 10-point mark midway through the first, but Carleton were paced by a great depth effort that was too overwhelming for the Gaels defence and created a 23-14 lead after one. Seven Ravens scored in the frame, led by Pocrnic who tied for the quarter-lead with seven points. Bella Gaudet led the Gaels with seven of her own, as Queen’s looked to heat up in the second.

However, Carleton continued to build on their lead in the second behind Pocrnic and an efficient offensive effort that shot 52.6% from the field in the frame. The Ravens outscored the Gaels 21-11, and fashioned a stout defence holding Queen’s to just a 3-for-14 mark that included a 1-for-6 record from deep.

Carleton led in almost every major statistical category at the break, most notably a 28-to-12 advantage in points scored in the paint. Pocrnic scored 12 points in the first half to lead all scorers as the Ravens headed into the third with a 44-25 halftime lead.

The Ravens kept the momentum of the first half, and then some, entering the third quarter. They opened with a 17-2 run, Pocrnic recording seven of them, to put Queen’s in a difficult comeback position. They finished with a 21-10 quarter win, all but wrapping the game in a bow.

The Bronze final tips-off at 5:00 p.m. MT, while the Championship Final goes right after at 7:30 p.m. MST. 

Boxscore

Players of the Game

Carleton: #11 Kyana-Jade Poulin

Queen’s: #21 Julia Chadwick