Thunderwolves snap Rams nine-game win streak

By Jessica Pincente
Photo by Hung Le

THUNDER BAY, Ont. — The No. 2 Ryerson Rams were unable to match the dominant offensive efforts of the Lakehead Thunderwolves in their final game of the fall semester, dropping a 72-63 game to No. 10 Lakehead on Friday night in Thunder Bay.

The nine-point loss to Lakehead marked Ryerson’s first defeat of the 2018-19 season.

Ryerson fifth-year guard Cara Tiemens (Newmarket, Ont.) scored the game-opening three for the Rams, but it wasn’t long until Lakehead’s dominant offensive forces in Leashja Grant (Nassau, BS) and Karissa Kajorinne (Thunder Bay, Ont.) started to heat up. Grant finished the quarter with five points, and Lakehead held an 11-10 lead over the Rams after 10.

Seven turnovers in the second quarter saw the Rams struggle to convert on their chances. A low-scoring game saw both teams flex their defensive muscle through much of the first half, and neither the Rams nor the Thunderwolves were able to pull away with a lead.

Ryerson had a narrow 21-20 lead at halftime.

Lakehead came out hard in the third quarter, drawing fouls and outscoring the Rams 26-19. The Thunderwolves took a 46-41 lead after 30, leaving the Rams trailing by five heading into the fourth quarter.

The Thunderwolves outscored the Rams 26-22 in the fourth quarter, outmuscling the visiting Rams and eventually taking a 72-63 win.

Ryerson’s Jama Bin-Edward (Waterloo, Ont.) led the team with 11 points, shooting 50% (3-6) from beyond the arc. Fourth-year guard Hayley Robertson (Toronto, Ont.) had seven points, five rebounds and two assists in the loss.

The Rams shot 36% (22-61) from the field Friday night against Lakehead, falling just short of Lakehead’s 41.7 (25-60) field goal percentage.

The Rams will resume action in January, hosting the Carleton Ravens on January 5, 2019 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

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