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Paska breaks records in loss to Blues

By Andrea Elliott

TORONTO – A late fourth quarter surge from the visiting Toronto Varsity Blues spoiled an otherwise celebratory night for the Ryerson Rams, as the Blues emerged with an 85-84 victory on Friday night at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

With a seven point lead with 1:30 remaining in the game the Rams looked poised to snap their four-game losing streak but the visitors had other plans.

Toronto’s Rashida Atkinson took over in the final moments, forcing two turnovers and scoring the final nine points for the Blues. Toronto held an 85-82 lead with 9.5 seconds left and after collecting an offensive rebound out of bounds, the Rams had one last play to try and tie the score.

With just 0.6 seconds left on the game clock, Leyki Sorra found an opening and got her shot to go, but it was ruled a two-point basket and was not enough for the Rams to force overtime.

“Defensively we didn’t get enough stops throughout the game … and unfortunately we gave up too many possessions on turnovers,” said head coach Carly Clarke after the game.

The Blues comeback spoiled an otherwise incredible night for Ryerson all-star forward Sofia Paska. Midway through the fourth quarter, Paska collected the 645th rebound of her career to make her the Rams all-time leading rebounder.

“It feels great, all my hard work the past three and a half years have really paid off so it was just really nice to be recognized for that,” said Paska after the game.

Later in the quarter, Paska scored her 36th points of the contest to set not only her new personal best, but also a Rams single-game scoring record.

“Looking at where she came in, physically and mentally, to where she is now, she’s a different person,” said Clarke about Paska. “Obviously she’s been a tremendous part of our success over the years and has helped take this program to new heights. She’s just a super talented player whose work ethic has earned all the accolades that she’s received.”

The Rams will look to snap their five-game skid next week with a Wednesday tilt with the York Lions, the team Ryerson is tied with in the standings. Tipoff is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on School Day at the Tait McKenzie Centre.

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