Rams force overtime but fall to Gaels
KINGSTON, Ont. – The No. 6 ranked Ryerson Rams women’s basketball team pushed the No. 5 Queen’s Gaels to overtime on Friday night but couldn’t hand the Gaels their first loss as the home side emerged with a 79-75 victory in overtime.
In a game that saw 12 ties and ten different lead changes, the battle for first in the OUA East division was a close contest from start to finish.
Queen’s had double digit scoring from all five of their starters while Sofia Paska (25 points) and Kellie Ring (19 points) led the Rams. Ryerson’s bench outscored the Gaels’ 25-16 but the starters for Queen’s were able to get the job done.
Ryerson held a five point advantage with four minutes left in the first quarter before the Gaels closed the frame on a 6-0 run to take a 16-15 lead after ten minutes.
In the late stages of the second quarter the Rams held a 30-29 advantage but again the Gaels closed with a run, rattling off seven straight points to own a 36-30 advantage at halftime.
Paska scored ten of her 25 points in the third quarter to help the Rams erase the halftime deficit. Ryerson took the lead three and a half minutes into the quarter at 41-40 but the Gaels were able to thwart the Rams run and play an even frame the rest of the way. Queen’s held onto a one-point lead heading to the fourth.
The Rams took a blow nearly two minutes into the fourth as Cara Tiemens was fouled hard and took a nasty fall to the court. She was forced to leave the game.
Ryerson was playing catch-up all throughout the fourth quarter but they were finally able to tie the game up with just 7.9 seconds left when Nicole DiDomenico connected from three point range. The Rams then got the stop they needed on defence to force the game into an extra five minute frame.
Once more the Gaels were first to claim the lead in overtime, opening up a four point margin with 3:30 to play. Queen’s forward Robyn Pearson then hit two clutch mid-range jumpers to help solidify the win for the home side.
Gaels guard Abby Dixon had a team-high 21 points in the win.
Ryerson falls to 8-2 on the season while Queen’s remains unbeaten at 9-0. The two teams will square off once more in Toronto on February 3.
The Rams return to action on Saturday night when they take on the York Lions (2-7) starting at 6:00 from the Tait McKenzie Gym.