Tiemens, Paska combine for 43 as Rams dominate Gaels
KINGSTON — In yet another dominant showing by the third-ranked team in the country, the Ryerson Rams held the Queen’s Gaels to just 15 points in the first half and eventually took a 79-58 victory over their opponents on Friday night in Kingston.
Rams fifth-year players Sofia Paska (Etobicoke, Ont.) and Cara Tiemens (Newmarket, Ont.), scoring 22 and 21 points respectively, combined for a 43-point outing in the win.
Ryerson came out strong in the first quarter and took a 9-2 lead just five minutes into the game. The Gaels visibly struggled on their shots through much of the opening quarter, going 3-for-16 from the floor in the first 10 minutes of the matchup. Ryerson would outscore Queen’s 17-7 in the opening frame.
The Gaels continued to struggle in the second, hitting three field goals for the second straight quarter and falling behind by 23 at halftime.
The Rams wouldn’t slow down in the second half, scoring 20 or more points in both the third and the fourth quarter. The Gaels, on the other hand, struggled with inconsistent scoring throughout the game, putting up single-digit point totals in both the first and the second.
The Gaels’ luck seemed to improve by the third quarter, but the Rams refused to be stopped. Ryerson maintained a 25-point lead after 30 and headed into the fourth quarter with some breathing room.
Queen’s last-ditch efforts saw the team drop 24 points in the final 10 minutes of the game. The Rams put up 20 of their own, though, and finished the game with the 79-58 victory.
Paska was virtually unstoppable from the floor against Queen’s, shooting 82% (9-11 FG) and boasting a flawless free-throw percentage (100%, 4-4). Tiemens would dominate from past the arc, hitting six of 10 from three-point territory.
The Rams will hit the court tomorrow night against the York Lions, tipping off at 6:00 p.m. at the Tait McKenzie Centre in Toronto.