Rams fall in Windsor to start season 1-1
WINDSOR, ONT. – It was an unfortunate evening for the Ryerson Rams as they began their weekend road trip with a 62-42 loss against the Windsor Lancers at the St. Denis Centre on Friday night.
Right from the initial tip off, the Lancers seemed to overwhelm the Rams at every point in the contest. Upon the offensive side of the court, the Lancers picked apart a scattered Rams three-two stacked defensive formation, with effective pick-and-roll plays and lightning quick passes. The, thus far, unstoppable Lancer duo of Carly Steer (Windsor, Ont.) and Emily Prevost (Montreal, Que.), combined for thirty-seven points and four assists on the evening. Additionally, the home team was lights out from beyond the three-point line, making thirty-six percent of all three-point attempts.
This is compounded with the fact that the Rams seemed to be lacking in their ability to grab defensive rebounds, allowing the Lancers multiple chances during to the evening to clean-up previous offensive mistakes.
For the Rams, unfortunately, their offensive outlook on the evening was not as pleasant. To the visiting team’s credit, however, it was not due to a lack of effort; Ryerson was far more precise with their passing on the evening, and they made effective use of open opportunities under the basket. Rather, the Rams were dealing with an unfortunate lack of execution on offensive attempts, having only connected on twenty-nine percent of all field goal attempts, and connecting on zero of their thirteen attempts from beyond the arc. Much credit, however, must be attributed to Rams forward Sofia Paska (Etobicoke, Ont.) whose fourteen-point and eight rebound effort on the evening kept the Rams in the contest for large stretches of the second half.
Throughout the game as a whole, however, the Lancers dominated. Through the first two quarters, the Lancers combined their offensive prowess with full-court defensive pressure, that seemed to consistently stop the Rams in the back court on offensive drives. Combine this with the home team’s ability to consistently connect on three point attempts, and it is no surprise that the Lancers were able to open a 31-17 lead going into half-time.
While the Rams were able to dig into the Lancers lead as the final half of play progressed, it was all too little too late, as Windsor would be able to easily hang onto their lead right up until the final whistle of the contest.
The Rams will be back in action on Saturday evening at 6:00 PM, as they take on the Western Mustangs at Alumni Hall in London, Ont.
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