WATERLOO, Ont. – Apart from Sofia Paska, the Ryerson Rams women’s basketball team couldn’t find an offensive rhythm on Saturday night and dropped their season opener 68-66 to the Laurier Golden Hawks.

Paska posted an impressive line of 23 points and 19 rebounds on 10-of-18 shooting all in 30 minutes of play. Her efforts weren’t enough to dig the Rams out of an early deficit, however, as the Golden Hawks held on for the win.

Laurier held a slim 14-12 advantage after the first quarter and extended their lead heading into halftime up 35-29.

The Rams came out of the halftime break looking the stronger team and managed to erase the six-point deficit to take a 53-52 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Golden Hawks responded in the final quarter and took the lead for good in the dying seconds when Kaitlyn Schenk connected for a three-pointer. Trailing 68-66, the Rams carried the ball down the floor looking to tie the game and had their opportunity when a foul was called with 0.5 seconds remaining on the clock.

After missing the first free throw, the Rams were forced to miss intentionally to try and tip in a rebound to send the game to overtime, but the attempt was unsuccessful and the Golden Hawks held on for the victory.

Schenk had a team-high 14 points in the win to lead the Golden Hawks.

Laurier’s three-point shooting certainly helped their cause in this one, posting a 36.8% clip from beyond the arc.

Ryerson (0-1) is back in action on Friday, November 11 when they take on the Toronto Varsity Blues (0-1) at Toronto’s Goldring Centre at 6:00 p.m.