TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams women's basketball team will get a chance to compete against two of the top teams in the OUA East this weekend when it hosts the Ottawa Gee-Gees and the Carleton Ravens.
The Rams (9-10) had their seven-game winning streak snapped last Saturday with a last second 62-61 loss at Queen's. Ryerson is locked in fourth place in the East and cannot move up or down in the standings. The team has secured its fourth straight trip to the playoffs and will host an opening round game.
Since losing to the Ravens 69-51 and the Gee-Gees 75-47 on January 7-8 in Ottawa, Ryerson (who was 2-9 after the losses) has gone 7-1. This weekend provides another test of how far the Rams have come, facing third place Ottawa (13-6) and No. 3 nationally ranked Carleton (17-2).
The Rams Ashley MacDonald is second in OUA scoring with 17.7 points per game, while Kelsey Wright is 14th with 13.1 points per game. Ottawa's Hannah Sunley-Paisley is third with 16.1 points per game. Sunley-Paisley is also averaging a double-double on the season as she leads the conference with 10.6 rebounds per contest. Ryerson's Alexandrea Tkacyzk (7.2 rpg) and Angela Tilk (6.6) are also among the top 20 in OUA rebounding.
Ottawa has allowed the fewest points (53.6 ppg) against in the East so far this season.
The No. 3 Ravens do not have one player in the OUA top 20 scoring. Kendall MacLeod is averaging 11.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, while Ashleigh Clearly has averaged 10.7 points and 5.4 boards per game.
Both games are scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at Kerr Hall. If you can't make it to the game, catch the action live at www.ustream.tv/channel/ryerson-athletics. Friday's game against Ottawa is a THINK PINK event. Ryerson students and fans are encouraged to show their support and increase breast cancer awareness by wearing the colour pink. Pink t-shirts will be on sale for $10 and the first 100 students will receive their pink t-shirts for FREE. The South Asian Alliance will perform at halftime.