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Rams embark on last road trip of the season

By Ryan Bacic

TORONTO - Heading into their last road trip of the season, the Ryerson Rams are going to have to put up the fight of their campaign as they look to turn things around for their journey into the playoffs.

The Ryerson Rams have had a rough-go as of late, dropping nearly every game in 2018 against top tier teams, while only claiming victories against those teams that routinely reside within the basement of the OUA rankings.  

Additionally, coming off the heartbreaker that was their most recent loss to the University of Toronto in the Battle for the 6ix, the Rams are going to need to muster as much strength as they possibly can to overcome their opponents this week.

On Wednesday, the Rams will be making the short trip up town to visit the York Lions at the Tait McKenzie Gym at 11:00 am.  The matinee contest will be the second time in which the two teams have met thus far this season, with their previous match-up being decided by an 89-78 upset victory for the visiting Lions squad.  

However, to call the end result of this contest, whatever it may be, either an upset or unexpected at this point in the season would be inappropriate.  The Rams and Lions are presently tied in the OUA East division standings, with both teams possessing a 10-9 record on the season thus far.  Additionally, the two teams have both lost to, and won against, opponents of similar calibers and have exhibited near identical playing styles in the 2018 portion of their season.

Regardless of the outcome of Wednesday night’s contest, the resulting match-up should prove to be highly competitive as both teams fight to gain momentum heading into the playoffs.

Following their contest with the Lions, the Rams will make the much longer trip out to Kingston to take on the No.8 Queen’s Gaels at the Athletics and Recreation Centre.  The Saturday night contest will be the second time the two teams have met this season, with the last contest being decided by a 71-65 Queen’s victory at the Mattamy on January 19.  

In spite of the fact that the Gaels have recorded two of their three loses in 2018, they have continued to dominate the league, as evident by the statistic lines that they have been able to produce.  Presently, Queen’s rank second in offensive efficiency within the OUA, while allowing the second lowest total of points per game against, making them a dual offensive and defensive threat that is scarcely matched in OUA competition.

On the court, the Gaels are led by 6’4” post player Veronika Lavergne (Ottawa, Ont.), who averages 14.3 points per game, on an unreal 52.4% shooting, making her a deadly presence in the post and a difficult match-up for Rams all-star Sofia Paska (Etobicoke, Ont.).

After becoming the Rams all-time leading rebounder last week, Paska will set out to break another record this week. Entering competition the all-star forward is just 26 points shy from first place on the Rams all-time points list.

Both games will be available live on OUA.tv, and live updates will be provided on the Ryerson Rams twitter @ryersonrams.

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