Carleton women's basketball team wins 1st national title

After an undefeated season, Carleton University's women's basketball team beat the University of Saskatchewan Sunday night for their first ever national title.

Ravens entered the national tournment ranked top in the country

Carleton Ravens forward Catherine Traer shoots a free throw against the Saskatchewan Huskies during the U Sports Women's Basketball final. The Ravens beat the Huskies Sunday to win their first national championship. (Michael Bell/The Canadian Press)

After an undefeated season, Carleton University's women's basketball team beat the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Sunday night for their first ever national title.

Despite being down by a single point at halftime, the Ravens dominated the rest of the way, handily beating the Huskies by a final score of 69-48.

The Ravens won 23 straight regular season games, and entered the U Sports final eight national championship — being played in Regina — ranked number one in the country.

That success carried over into the playoffs, where the team went 6-0 in the post season — including a victory to claim the Ontario University Athletics' (OUA) championship.

The women advanced to tonight's final after winning a tight semi-final against McGill University by the score of 46-44.

Last year the team finished third, earning their first medal at the national championships, according to Carleton University.

Men take home bronze

The Ravens' male counterparts also went undefeated in the regular season, but despite a recent history of dominance had to settle this year for a bronze medal.

The men's team fell to Ryerson University in their semi-final but overcame a 10-point deficit Sunday to defeat McGill 76-71 in the third-place match.

The team has dominated the final eight tournament for over a decade, taking home 13 of the last 15 championships, according to Carleton.

Like the women's team, the men's team also entered their final eight tournament — taking place in Halifax — ranked number one.

The team also went undefeated during the regular season.

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