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Rams' season ends in Ottawa

By Adam Jenkins

OTTAWA — For the second straight season, the Ryerson Rams women's basketball team saw their season come to an end in the OUA quarter-finals, falling to the Carleton Ravens 82-66 on Saturday night in Ottawa.

BOXSCORE

It was a game of streaks and runs in our nation's capital. Each time one team went on a run, the other was quick to reel them in.

Carleton carried a five-point lead into the fourth quarter but pulled away as the clock ticked down in the final frame.

"I think we just ran out of gas, unfortunately. They have a lot of different answers and looks at the offensive end and are so good at attacking specific matchups," said head coach Carly Clarke after the game. "They got us into rotation a little more than we would’ve liked and subsequently made some big shots."

Sophomore forward Bronwyn Williams (Toronto, Ont.) was very impressive on the night, posting a career-high 18 points in her 26 minutes of action.

"I loved how aggressive and assertive she was offensively. She battled for position and rebounds, and was poised and strong with the ball," Clarke said of Williams' performance. "I'm really proud of how she played at both ends. She has shown a ton of growth this season and it's nice to see her offensive confidence grow, in particular."

The Ravens were extremely effective shutting down Sofia Paska (Etobicoke, Ont.). The senior centre contributed a double-double, but was held to just 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field.

It's always difficult to find the words to express to your team following a season-ending loss. For Clarke, her message was simple.

"I tried to articulate how proud I am of them for their effort tonight and all season. We developed some real grit and resilience through the challenges we faced all season, and it was rewarding to see the team display it throughout the game tonight."

With the win, Carleton advances to the OUA semifinal round on Wednesday, where they will host the Windsor Lancers. A win would see them automatically qualify for the U SPORTS Final 8 Championship in Regina, Sask.

The loss marked not only the end of the Rams season, but also the end to the careers of Tashana McDonald (Whitby, Ont.), Savanna Hamilton (Mississauga, Ont.), Chloe Mago (Scarborough, Ont.), and team manager Alisha Glendinning (Plattsville, Ont.).

"We had a tremendous year based on the majority of our players playing with new roles and responsibilities," Clarke reflected. Young players gained great experience and hopefully, the disappointment of this loss and the lessons learned throughout the season carry forward into our offseason work and how we build towards an exciting season next year when we host the National Championships. 

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