TORONTO – The Ryerson women’s basketball team faces a challenging weekend ahead, as they take on the Windsor Lancers on Friday, November 3, at 6:00 pm at the St. Denis Centre, and the Western Mustangs on Saturday at 6:00 pm at Alumni Hall, in what may very well prove to be the first big test of their 2017-2018 season.
Coming off of a big win against the Algoma Thunderbirds on October 27, the Rams will look to create a winning streak and start their season 2-0, as they storm into Windsor to take on the Lancers on their home court. However, the Lancers have become a team of certain notoriety amongst Ryerson fans, as the team that removed the Rams from the OUA playoffs last year in the quarter-final.
Heading into this year, the team from the Rose City comes equipped with a talented lineup of players who have already shown their prowess and usefulness in an 87-69 win over the Guelph Gryphons on October 28. To have a chance at acclaiming a second win for the season, the Rams are going to have to find a defensive response to Carly Steer (Windsor, Ont.), the Windsor guard who erupted with a 25 point performance in the win against Guelph, spearheading the Lancers comeback late in the game. On top of this, additional pressure will be placed upon the Ryerson backcourt, as Windsor is well equipped with tall and aggressive forwards who seldom face serious challenges under the basket.
Following the game in Windsor, the Rams will head back east on Highway 401 to London where they will face the Western Mustangs at Alumni Hall. The Mustangs have historically proved to be little challenge for the Rams, having conceded the past two contests to the visiting team by double-digits on both occasions. However, in a similar fashion to the Lancers, the Mustangs are also coming off of a win to the start the season, having beaten the Waterloo Warrior 48-43 on October 28. While this win may not have been monumental, it does come as a surprise, considering the Mustangs possess a relatively smaller team of inexperienced players. In an effort to pull off the win, the Rams would be wise to fully utilize their forwards to take advantage of close-range baskets, and to simultaneously close down lane entry for the Mustangs on the offensive front.
Fans can catch all of Friday’s action against Windsor by watching the game on OUA.tv and by following the Ryerson Rams on twitter @ryersonrams. Live updates of the game against Western will be available on the Ryerson Rams twitter.