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Gee-Gees top Rams in season finale

By Andrea Elliott
OTTAWA - It was a tough final weekend of the regular season for the Ryerson Rams women's basketball team as they dropped a 66-56 decision to the Ottawa Gee-Gees on Saturday night at Montpetit Hall.

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Sofia Paska registered yet another double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds but it wasn't enough to lead the Rams to a win.

Coming off an overtime loss to No. 4 Carleton a night earlier, the Rams looked sluggish out of the gate on Saturday. Ottawa jumped out to a five point lead midway through the first but the Rams started to settle in and responded to own a 20-17 advantage after ten minutes.

In the second, the Rams could never extend their lead past three points as the score see-sawed back and forth all quarter. At the half, Ryerson led by just one at 33-32.

The third quarter proved to be the Rams' demise as they could muster just eight points in the frame. It was also Ottawa's lowest scoring quarter, however, so the game was still in reach at 46-41 heading to the fourth.

The Rams closed to within two at 52-50 with 7:15 remaining but a scoreless drought put Ryerson behind the eight-ball. Ottawa poured it on and took an 11-point lead at 61-50. The Rams failed to score for over four minutes and by then it was too little, too late.

Ryerson could never find their shooting touch on Saturday, shooting just 33.3% from the floor. Never particularly one of their strong suits, the Rams struggled from beyond the arc, connecting on just 2-of-24 attempts from three point range. The Gee-Gees, meanwhile, shot 42.6% from the floor including a 35.3% clip from downtown.

Ottawa's Sarah Besselink had a team-high 18 points in the win.

Ryerson concludes the regular season with a 13-6 record and finish fifth in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) ratings. The Rams will host an OUA playoff round one game this coming Wednesday, February 22 at 6:00 p.m. against the 12-seeded York Lions.

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