Balanced offensive effort sees Rams top Voyageurs
TORONTO — Seven Rams contributed eight or more points in the game as the Ryerson Rams topped the Laurentian Voyageurs 87-63 on Friday night at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto.
Leading the charge for Ryerson was fifth-year forward Sofia Paska (Etobicoke, Ont.), who tallied 13 points and nine rebounds in the win.
The Voyageurs would battle hard in the opening five minutes of the game, taking a 6-5 lead early in the first quarter. The No. 3 Rams would take control just past the midway mark of the quarter, going on to outshoot their opponents 19-13 after 10.
The second quarter saw similar statistics as the Rams would head into halftime with a 13-point lead over the Voyageurs.
Laurentian would find themselves in foul trouble against the Rams, surpassing five fouls in both the second and third quarters tonight. The Rams would capitalize on this, though, shooting 74% (20-27) from the free throw line.
“When things get gritty, we have to start slowing down and try to control the game again,” says Rams head coach Carly Clarke.
Laurentian’s third-quarter efforts were some of their best in the game, but the visitors were unable to gain an advantage over the red-hot Rams. Ryerson led 64-47 at the end of the third, heading into the final quarter with a 17-point edge over the visiting Voyageurs.
Leyki Sorra (Toronto, Ont.) would go on a six-point run midway through the fourth quarter, sinking back-to-back three-pointers and extending Ryerson’s lead with six minutes remaining in the game. Sorra finished the game shooting 60% (3-5) from beyond the arc in 13 minutes on the court.
The Rams would continue to dominate in the fourth quarter, outscoring Laurentian 23-16 and eventually taking an 87-63 win in the game.
Laurentian’s Mackenzie Robertson (Collingwood, Ont.) frontlined her team’s offensive efforts, scoring 23 points in the game.
“Laurentian has proven themselves to be tough competition,” says Clarke, “so we’re happy to get a win against them.”
The Rams will be back in action Saturday night at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, taking on the Nipissing Lakers at 6:00 p.m.