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Rams fall victim to Lions' buzzer-beating three

By Jessica Pincente

TORONTO — The No. 4 Ryerson Rams fell victim to a heartbreaking, buzzer-beating three point shot by the York Lions in the dying seconds of the fourth quarter, going on to suffer a 72-69 loss to their crosstown rivals on Friday night at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

Ryerson’s Sofia Paska (Etobicoke, Ont.) and Hayley Robertson (Toronto, Ont.) each scored 15 points in the loss to York.

The Lions kicked off the game by taking a four-point lead in the opening moments of the first quarter. Ryerson struggled to put up points through much of the opening frame, falling victim to a 17-11 York lead after 10.

The second saw a more balanced offensive effort from both teams. Ryerson found their footing around the midway mark of the quarter and managed to keep pace with the visiting Lions. Still, York’s dominant first-quarter efforts gave them a seven-point edge heading into halftime.

“York is a well-coached team and they came out to play tonight, especially in the first half,” says Ryerson’s Robertson. “In the end, we weren’t satisfied with our effort today.”  

Ryerson went on to outscore York 19-12 in the third quarter — the only time the Rams would do so in the game —  and took a mere one-point heading into the fourth.

The final quarter saw the teams exchanging leads throughout. A three-point shot from Cara Tiemens (Newmarket, Ont.) would extend Ryerson’s lead to five with 1:30 left in the game, but back-to-back buckets and an and-one play for York’s Lauren Golding (Windsor, Ont.) saw the game tied at 69 with just 25 seconds remaining in the quarter.

With a mere 2 seconds left in the game, Golding would hit a game-winning three-pointer to lift the Lions over the No. 4-ranked team in the country.

Ryerson head coach Carly Clarke says the team has identified several issues they’ll look to fix before their upcoming playoff run.

“We have to focus on playing with effort and intensity,” says Clarke.  “York does a great job of playing really hard and it took us too long to match that.”

Friday’s loss to York means the Rams fall back to the third-place spot in the division. Tomorrow night’s results from across the league will determine the Rams’ final regular season positioning.

Ryerson will take on the Queen’s Gaels at home Saturday night, tipping off at 6:00 p.m. at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

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