Rams fall to Queen's in regular season finale
TORONTO — The Ryerson Rams wrapped up their 2018-19 regular season campaign on Saturday night in Toronto, dropping a 74-70 contest to the visiting Queen’s Gaels at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.
Ryerson fifth-year forward Sofia Paska (Etobicoke, Ont.) finished the game with 13 points, eclipsing her 1500th career regular season point as a Ram. Fifth-year senior Katherine Follis (Toronto, Ont.) also established a new career high in scoring, dropping 16 points in 12 minutes against Queen’s.
Follis would score four points in the opening five minutes of the game as Ryerson dominated the Gaels through much of the first quarter. The Rams outscored Queen’s 25-16 after 10 and headed into the second quarter with a nine-point advantage over the visitors.
The second saw significantly lower offensive production from the Rams. Queen’s would pull to within two with three minutes left in the quarter, but Ryerson carried a 45-41 lead into the half after being outscored 19-16 in the second.
Follis would go on a nine-point tear in the third quarter, keeping the Rams on-par with the battling Gaels. Queen’s continued to fight back but the Rams took a six-point lead into the final 10 minutes of the game.
The fourth quarter saw more back-and-forth action, but Queen’s play in the final few minutes of the game tipped the score in favour of the visitors. The Gaels outscored Ryerson 24-14 in the fourth, giving them a four-point edge in a 74-70 victory over the no. 4 Rams.
Cara Tiemens (Newmarket, Ont.) finished the game with 12 points and six rebounds in 34 minutes on the court.
Saturday’s game marked the final regular season home game for three of Ryerson’s graduating fifth-year seniors in Tiemens, Follis, and Paska. The trio has played a combined 262 regular season games in a Rams uniform and have each had a profound impact on the program over their five years at Ryerson.
“All three of our seniors have a history of coming up big and performing at a very high level,” says Rams head coach Carly Clarke. “They knew they had to set the tone after a tough loss last night and it speaks to all of their leadership abilities.”
Paska says she’s anticipating the team’s upcoming playoff run as she nears the end of her career in the blue and gold.
“The time has flown by, I vividly remember my first year as a Ram,” says Paska. “I’ve grown as a person and as a player over my last five years here and I’m so happy and thankful for the experience.”
Looking ahead, the Rams will host the first round of the OUA playoffs this week. Stay tuned for the release of the upcoming postseason schedule.