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Rams fall victim to no. 1 seed Laval

By Jessica Pincente

TORONTO — The no. 8 Ryerson Rams fell victim to the dominant ways of the no. 1 Laval Rouge et Or on Friday night in the U SPORTS quarter-final, dropping a 73-51 contest in front of a packed crowd at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre.

Leading the charge for Laval was Sarah-Jane Marois (Quebec, Que.) who scored 17 points in the quarter-final victory, while Ryerson’s Hayley Robertson (Toronto, Ont.) led the Rams with 16 points in 25 minutes.  

The Rams kicked off the game with a brief four-point run. Ryerson’s Jama Bin-Edward (Waterloo, Ont.) scored each of her team’ opening six points, but the Rouge et Or would soon catch up and gained a 7-6 lead midway through the quarter.

Laval would continue battling and eventually took a 20-11 lead at the end of the first.

Ryerson’s scoring struggles were extremely prevalent in the second. Laval would hold the Rams to just eight points in the quarter, heading into halftime with a 32-19 lead over Ryerson.

The Rams came out to play in the third, cutting Laval’s lead down to nine in the opening minutes of the quarter. The Rouge et Or, though, continued to defend well and maintained pressure through the remainder of the third.

A buzzer-beating two-point jumper from Marois would give Laval a 17-point advantage at the end of the third quarter.

The Rams struggled to keep up with the dominant Rouge et Or through much of the fourth. Laval would score 21 points in the final 10 minutes of the game and went on to take a 73-51 win over the Rams, officially advancing to the U SPORTS semifinals on Saturday.

Laval’s Claudia Émond (Saguenay, Que.) scored 17 points and added two steals, while Khaleann Caron-Goudreau (Gatineau, Que.) had 12 rebounds in 24 minutes. Ryerson’s Bronwyn Williams (Toronto, Ont.) added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Rams in the loss.

The Rams will do their best to maintain a positive attitude moving forward, says Ryerson’s Robertson.

“As a team, we’ve always talked about sticking together through the ups and downs,” says Robertson. “We have to keep our head up and finish every game strong. We have amazing fans and amazing teammates to play for.”

The Rams will play in the consolation semifinal on Friday evening at 8:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased here.

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