Photo by Hung Le

Free throws key in Rams win over Thunderbirds

By Andrea Elliott
SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. - The Ryerson Rams women's basketball team collected their fourth straight win on Friday night, defeating the Algoma Thunderbirds 59-49, largely due to their ability to get to the free throw line.


Though the percentage may not be pretty at 66.7% for the game, Ryerson managed to score 18 points from the charity stripe (18-for-27) and punished the Thunderbirds for sending them to the line so often. Algoma could muster just four attempts from the line, so Ryerson's +14 from the stripe certainly helped clinch the ten-point victory.

Ryerson's Kellie Ring (Ottawa, Ont.) continues to look more and more comfortable as a Ram as the games go on as she netted a season-high 22 points. Rams forward Sofia Paska (Etobicoke, Ont.) registered her fourth double-double in five games with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

The Rams got out to an early 16-8 lead through ten minutes of play and that eight-point cushion held up for much of the game. Ryerson headed to halftime leading by seven, 30-23.

Both teams struggled a bit offensively in the third quarter with the teams combining for just 14 points. Ryerson outscored the Thunderbirds 10-4 to increase the lead to 13 after three quarters. Despite the third quarter struggles, both teams saved their best quarters for last but Algoma couldn't mount a big enough come back, dropping the 59-49 decision.

Ryerson committed just six turnovers in this one, tying a team record dating back to January 8, 2010 for fewest turnovers in a game. 

The Rams improve to 4-1 on the season while Algoma slides to 1-5. Ryerson has the rest of the weekend off and will return to action on Wednesday, November 30 when they host the Western Mustangs at 6:00 p.m.



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