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Gee-Gees outlast Rams in back and forth affair

By Ryan Bacic

OTTAWA, Ont. – In a match that went down to the wire, the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees proved to simply be too much for the Ryerson Rams on Saturday evening, as they snuck away with a 66-61 win in the dying minutes of the final quarter.

Throughout the first half of action, the hosting Gee-Gees were playing above and beyond expectations against the heavily favoured Ryerson Rams.  Despite shooting only twenty-seven percent from the field, the Gee-Gees were able to rely considerably upon an intense front court effort which chased down offensive rebounds with an unparalleled determination.  In spite of the large height difference between the Gee-Gees and Rams backcourt, which heavily favoured Ryerson, the home team was able to grab eleven offensive rebounds in the first half, in comparison to the Rams seven.  This fact assisted Ottawa in converting on second-chance opportunities that seemed to take Ryerson off-guard.

Additionally, while the Rams were solely dependent upon their starters for points in the first-half, the Gee-Gees could rely upon their bench to contribute points when needed.

However, none of this can take away from the efforts put forth by the Rams line-up in the first half.  Sofia Paska (Etobicoke, Ont.) lead the way in scoring for the Rams with thirteen points in the first two quarters, while freshman teammate Jama Bin-Edward (Waterloo, Ont.) followed closely behind with ten points of her own.  

Paska would go on to conclude the evening with twenty-four points, and eight rebounds.

Additionally, senior guard Cara Tiemens proved invaluable on defense, grabbing five total rebounds and shutting down opposing guards at the point.

The second half, however, was a completely different story as the Rams first half tenacity had given way to a Gee-Gees scoring effort that extended well beyond their starters.  Throughout the entirety of the second half, the Gee-Gees bench contributed twenty-nine points, compared to the Rams three points, contributed solely by veteran sophomore Emma Fraser (Toronto, Ont.).

This fact was most evident in the third quarter of play, where the Rams were outscored 24-13.  

While the Rams may have had a rough start to 2018, there is still plenty of basketball left to play in the season.   The Rams will be back in action on Friday, January 12 as they look to best the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, followed by a trip to North Bay on Saturday, January 13, where they will take on the struggling Nipissing Lakers.

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