Rams defence helps pick up first win of season
TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams women's basketball team stymied the Toronto Varsity Blues offence on Friday night, leading to a 55-42 victory to get the Rams in the win column this season.
Third year forward Sofia Paska (Etobicoke, Ont.) picked up her second double-double in as many games with 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Rams in both categories. Fifth year guard C'airah Gabriel-Robinson (Mississauga, Ont.) turned in a solid effort at both ends of the floor, netting 10 points while collecting six rebounds and three steals.
The Rams defence held the Blues to a 28.1% field goal percentage including a dismal 1-for-12 clip from three point territory. After a close first half had the Rams leading by just two points, the defence turned it up a notch in the second half to surrender just four points in the third quarter and nine more in the fourth.
Ryerson's offence was efficient in the first quarter, posting 21 points to jump out to a 21-12 lead after ten minutes. The second quarter was really the only one where Toronto got going as they posted 17 points to Ryerson's 10 to cut the deficit to two at the half.
Ryerson's depth and rebounding proved to be the difference in this one as the Rams bench outscored the Blues bench 18-7 while Ryerson won the rebounding battle 51-38.
Toronto's Charlotte Collyer led the Blues with 16 points and nine rebounds in the losing effort.
The Rams (1-1) will return to action next Friday, November 18 when they host the Nipissing Lakers in their home debut at the Mattamy Athletic Centre this season.