Photo by Christian Bender

Rams end skid against No. 8 Queen's

By Ryan Bacic

KINGSTON, Ont. – The Rams struggles in 2018 came to an end on Saturday night as they snapped a six-game losing skid in dramatic fashion, with an 82-75 overtime win against the No. 8 Queen’s Gaels.

Unlike the last time these two teams met, which began rather quickly with Queen’s domination of the match, it would be the Rams who would be firmly in the driver’s seat throughout the first half.  

Playing with a team chemistry and combined determination that had yet come to fruition in 2018, the Rams utilized the entirety of their offensive prowess to finish the first two quarters atop the Gaels 45-24.  

With Bronwyn Williams (Toronto, Ont.) leading all Rams scorers with 10 points, fellow teammates Marin Scotten (Ottawa, Ont.) and Jama Bin-Edward (Waterloo, Ont.) similarly had huge first halves, combining for 16 points and nine rebounds.

Additionally, the Rams had concluded the first half shooting an otherworldly seventy-percent from the field, to go along with eighty-percent shooting from beyond the arc.  By contrast, the Gaels were shooting less than thirty-percent from the field, to go along with less than twenty-percent shooting from three.

This tremendous offensive showing from the Rams would unfortunately begin to slow down as the third quarter began.

Transitioning from the first to the second half, the Rams would see their collective offensive contributions drop from 23 points in the second quarter, to 15 points in the third, to just 10 points in the fourth.

By contrast, the Gaels maintained an incredible offensive surge throughout the second half, combining to score 46 points throughout the final two quarters to force the contest into overtime with the score tied 70-70.

Offensively, Queen’s was led predominately by Abby Dixon (North Vancouver, B.C.) who posted 17 points on the night, and first year post-player Sophie de Goede (Victoria, B.C.) who provided 22 points on the evening.

After having lost the majority of their momentum throughout the final frame of regulation time, the Rams were able to rally back to score 12 points in the extra quarter while forcing the Gaels to commit numerous turnovers.

This combination of offensive resilience and defensive tenacity would allow the Rams to tally a victory on the evening, as they would go on to best the Gaels 82-75 in overtime.

With the win, the Rams improve to 11-10 on the season. The Rams will be looking to keep this momentum going, as they head back to the Mattamy for their final two games of the regular season, on February 16 and 17 against Nipissing and Laurentian.

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