REGINA – A strong second half propelled the No. 1 seeded Carleton University Ravens to a 69-48 win over the No. 6 seed University of Saskatchewan Huskies to secure the school's first-ever U SPORTS women's basketball title.
Carleton shot just 22% in the first quarter and 35% in the second, but the third quarter was a different story.
Carleton shot at 50% in the third frame to outscore Saskatchewan 24-14 in the quarter. The Ravens had as large as a 12-point lead before the Huskies pulled within nine at 48-39 entering the final 10 minutes of play.
The Ravens continued to take advantage of the Huskies' poor shooting in the final quarter going on a 17-2 run in the frame to take a large lead and never look back.
Catherine Traer led the Ravens in the win recording a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Elizabeth Leblanc added another 12 points and nine rebounds.
The Huskies had an 8-2 lead early in the first quarter before Carleton cut the lead to two at 8-6 with just under five left. Saskatchewan went on a 7-3 run to close the quarter for the 15-9 lead after the first 10.
Carleton found a stride in the second quarter going on a 10-2 run to pull the game within one at 17-16 with just over six remaining. The Ravens tied the game with 4:11 left and took the lead on a long three from Traer at 22-19.
Saskatchewan scored four quick points out of a timeout to pull back within one. Masikewich restored the Huskies lead with under a minute and led Saskatchewan led 25-24 at the half.
It was Saskatchewan's fifth straight trip to the women's basketball final 8 tournament and second trip to the final in three seasons.
Players of the Game
Carleton: Catherine Traer
Saskatchewan: Summer Masikewich
Championship MVP: Elizabeth Leblanc, Carleton
Championship All-Star Team
Alex Kiss-Rusk, McGill
Charlotte Kot, Regina
Elizabeth Leblanc, Carleton
Summer Masikewich, Saskatchewan
Catherine Traer, Carleton