Rams earn hard-fought win over Gryphons
TORONTO — Despite a second quarter scoring slump, the Ryerson Rams emerged with a 74-59 win over the Guelph Gryphons on Halloween night at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.
Five Rams had ten or more points in the game, led by fifth-year senior Cara Tiemens (Newmarket, Ont.) who put up 15 points, three rebounds, and three steals.
What began as an extremely low scoring game picked up around the midway mark of the first, as the Rams outscored the Gryphons 18-11 after 10.
A scrappy second quarter saw the Gryphons prevail at the three-point line; fourth-year guard Sarah Holmes (Welland, Ont.) was virtually untamable from beyond the arc, but it wasn’t long until the Rams’ defensive efforts were back on track.
Outscoring the Gryphons 22-9 in the third, the Rams regained their lead and settled back into the game. Tiemens and Bronwyn Williams (Toronto, Ont.) combined for 15 points in the quarter, and the Rams carried their lead into the last 10 minutes of the game.
“We started moving the ball better in the third quarter,” says Tiemens. “We played a good team game — it wasn’t one-on-one, it was five-on-five.”
The fourth quarter followed a similar formula for the Rams as they continued to press in the offensive end, outscoring the Gryphons 26-17 to help solidify the win.
The Rams walked off the court with a 74-59 victory, marking their second win of the season.
Guelph had a distinct advantage from beyond the arc, going 6-21 (28.6 percent) from three while the Rams were 1-14 (7.1 percent).
Despite their struggles, Rams head coach Carly Clarke says the team’s ability to adapt to the game was on display tonight.
“One of the things we love about this year’s team is how versitile we are,” says Clarke. “As a team, we were overall much better defensively in the second half.”
Ryerson will be back in action Saturday afternoon to take on the Algoma Thunderbirds at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. Tip-off is set for 12:00 p.m. on the Coca-Cola Court.