Women’s basketball team reflects on season

The Carleton Ravens women’s basketball team established plenty of program records this season. They finished the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) regular season with an 18-1 record, and earned their first Critelli Cup. The Ravens line-up earned plenty of accolades this year, as Heather Lindsay and Catherine Traer were named to the OUA First All-Star team, while Lindsay was also a Second Team All-Canadian. Ravens forward Elizabeth Leblanc was also named to the OUA Second All-Star team. Over the course of the season, the Ravens were consistently ranked within the top five teams in all of U SPORTS, and entered the Final 8 tournament as the number one seed. Carleton will benefit from the wealth of experience at the U SPORTS […]

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Editorial: Women’s basketball is a team to watch

After being seeded as the top team of the tournament heading into the U SPORTS women’s basketball Final 8, it seemed as if the Carleton Ravens women’s basketball team was ready to step out of the men’s basketball team’s shadow. Although they fell short in pursuit of their first national title, they still won a bronze medal, which marked the best finish in program history. It’s not often that a team is one of the best in Canada, and isn’t led by a fifth-year player—but that’s the case for the Ravens, as their entire line-up and new recruits will accomplish that. They already have three players that are among the best in the Ontario University Athletics with Heather Lindsay, Elizabeth […]

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Men’s basketball ties record, wins seventh consecutive national title

As the clock ticked down, Ravens players rushed the court while the Rams hung their heads—the Carleton men’s basketball team had just won its seventh straight national championship on March 12. A late push by the Ryerson Rams wasn’t enough, as the Ravens held on for a 78-69 win, and earned its 13th U SPORTS championship in 15 years, and tied the record set by the Victoria Vikes from 1980-86 for most consecutive titles. “I came here two and half years ago with a plan to be a better basketball player, to be a better person, and I think I did that,” Ravens forward Ryan Ejim said after the game. This was the third meeting between both teams this year, […]

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Women’s basketball earns first U SPORTS bronze in program history

Coming off a disappointing semifinal loss less than 12 hours earlier, the Carleton Ravens women’s basketball team was able to rally back and defeat the Queen’s Gaels by a score of 53-43 to take  home the bronze medal at the U SPORTS women’s basketball Final 8 on March 12. The win marks the first podium finish in the history of the program. “I’m proud of them, proud of their effort and we just played less than twelve hours ago and just had a bitter loss,” Ravens head coach Taffe Charles said following the game. “We hadn’t lost in a long time and it’s always difficult to bounce back from a loss.” The team jumped out to a quick start in […]

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Abella making successful transition in first season with Ravens

The biggest difference between college and university basketball in Canada? “Taller people,” according to Carleton women’s basketball guard Jenjen Abella. Playing for the Mohawk Mountaineers of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) was a great experience, Abella said. At Mohawk College, Abella was able to excel, winning back-to-back OCAA silver medals and multiple All-Star and academic awards. Abella said making the move to Carleton was easy. “The coaching staff have been great and the girls have been great, making it an easy transition for me,” she said. Having not been recruited by any U SPORTS basketball team, Abella spent three years playing for Mohawk College before getting in touch with Carleton Ravens women’s basketball head coach Taffe Charles. “She’s a big part of […]

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