OTTAWA – In a back-and-forth game between two top ten matchups, the No. 8 Ryerson Rams fell 71-65 to the No. 4 Carleton Ravens in overtime.
Turnovers were the key issue for both teams, and Ryerson finished the game with 19 while Carleton racked up with 21. The Rams converted on far more, creating 20 of their 65 points off turnovers.
The game was lopsided through the first half, and the first quarter went in favour of the Rams. Finishing on an impressive three-point buzzer beater from Sofia Paska, Ryerson entered the first quarter break up 18-10.
The second quarter was that of the Ravens, behind strong efforts from Jenjen Abella and Catherine Traer. Abella hit a three to open the scoring in the quarter and lead an eventual 7-0 Ravens run, but the Rams maintained the lead until 0:42 remaining when Stephanie Carr hit another three to tie the game at 27. Both teams scored two more points and ended the half 29-29.
The second half was much more even, with the largest lead of the third quarter at six points with 4:13 remaining for the Rams after Cara Tiemens scored on three straight possessions, with two threes and a layup off a steal. The Ravens would not give up and clawed back in, ending the quarter on a left hand layup from Traer to put the score at 49-47 for Ryerson.
In the final and lowest scoring frame of regulation, both teams traded baskets and ended the game 58-58. The score of the fourth quarter was 11-9 for Carleton, with a total of nine players contributing.
Into overtime! Carleton outscored Ryerson 13-7, making the final score 71-65 for the Ravens. All of Ryerson’s overtime points came from the free throw line, adding seven to their total of 19 made on the game.
Paska was eight for eight from the charity stripe, totaling 19 points and nine rebounds, narrowly missing another double double. Tiemens was also essential to the Rams, adding three 3-pointers and 16 points. Traer led all scorers with 20, and added eight rebounds, seven steals and five blocks for an impressive evening.
There were a total of 10 lead changes and seven ties throughout the game. Ryerson moves to 13-5 on the season and will face the Ottawa Gee-Gees Saturday night for the second of their back-to-back games and to wrap up the regular season.