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Rams open 2019 campaign with loss to no. 7 Ravens

By Jessica Pincente

TORONTO — An unsuccessful rally in the fourth quarter saw the no. 4 Ryerson Rams fall to the reigning national champions, as the no. 7 Carleton Ravens took a 78-70 win on Saturday afternoon at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto.

Ryerson’s Jama Bin-Edward (Waterloo, Ont.) led the Rams with 20 points and four steals, while four different Rams put up 10 or more points in the game.

The Rams and the Ravens were neck-in-neck through much of the first quarter as neither team was able to pull away with a lead. The game was tied at 20 after 10 minutes of play, and Ryerson’s Bin-Edward led the game with 12 points after an impressive first quarter.

The Ravens dominated through the early minutes of the second quarter, going on an unmatched 10-point run and eventually taking a 30-20 lead with five minutes remaining in the half.

“We can’t let our opponents go on long runs like that,” says Bin-Edward about her team’s second-quarter play. “We made a good effort to cut off their streak and go on one of our own.”

The Rams would go on their own ten-point run in the second quarter, but the Ravens continued to push and took a 35-30 lead into halftime.

Ryerson came out strong in the third quarter, playing a complete defensive game and improving their ball movement from beyond the arc. The Rams would outshoot the Ravens 22-12 in the third quarter, holding a five-point lead heading into the final 10 minutes of the game.

The Ravens controlled much of the final quarter, putting up an unmatched 31 points and pulling away with a seven-point lead in the last minute of the game.

The Rams would fall 78-70 to the visiting Ravens after a notable effort in the third quarter. The team's first game of 2019 marked Ryerson's second loss of the season. 

“Down the stretch, the Ravens executed well and found the shots they wanted,” says Rams head coach Carly Clarke. “They stopped us from finding the shots we wanted and they played a great game.”

Ryerson’s Hayley Robertson (Toronto, Ont.) put up 15 points in the game, establishing a new career high in scoring. Senior forward Sofia Paska (Etobicoke, Ont.) had 10 points and nine rebounds in the game, while fifth-year guard Cara Tiemens (Newmarket, Ont.) had 11 points and five assists.

The sold-out afternoon crowd was packed with young basketball fans as Ryerson hosted their annual Ontario Basketball Association (OBA) Day; spectators were privy to one of the best matchups the OUA has to offer.

Ryerson will be back in action on Sunday, hosting the no. 3 Ottawa Gee-Gee’s at 2:00 PM at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. Tickets for tomorrow’s game can be purchased here.

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