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Rams host school day game then surging Golden Hawks

By Ryan Bacic

TORONTO – Another weekend, another exciting Rams women’s basketball double-header, this time on home court.  On Friday at 12:00 p.m. the Rams will arrive back to the Mattamy, following last week’s game in Guelph, to take on the currently winless Waterloo Warriors.  Following this, the Rams will be right back in action on Saturday night at 6:00 p.m., as they prepare to take on the Laurier Golden Hawks.

Coming off of a double-digit win against the Guelph Gryphons on November 15, the Rams will be looking to dominate the action in their Friday matinee against the visiting Waterloo Warriors.  Coming into Friday’s game, the Warriors have had an abysmal start to the season, dropping their first seven games, and being outscored 322-211 in their past five contests.  Unfortunately for the Warriors, the remedy for these woes would be the equivalent of an entire structural overhaul of the team’s playing strategy, as they rank either near, or at the bottom of the OUA, in field-goal and three-point conversion, rebounds and assists per game, and overall points per game.  Additionally, the Rams front court dynamic-duo of Sofia Paska (Etobicoke, Ont.) and Bronwyn Williams (Toronto, Ont.) may prove to be a significant challenge for the Warriors, as they have yet to find a way to combat dominant players in the paint.

In contrast to the game on Friday, the Rams match-up with the Golden Hawks on Saturday may very well prove to be a well contested match-up.  While not having the greatest start to their season, coming into the Mattamy with a current 4-3 record, Laurier has been surprising in their past few contests taking down the top-tier teams of Queen’s and Ottawa in dramatic fashion.  Critical to the Laurier’s line-up in these, and other victories, is fifth-year guard Nicole Morrison (Hamilton, Ont.) who has topped the Laurier score sheet in each of the last six games, and single-handedly dropped 37 points in the Golden Hawks victory of Queen’s on November 18.  Given the lag in the Rams perimeter defense on certain occasions, Morrison and her teammates may prove to be a problem that the Rams will be forced to overcome if they want to secure a victory on Saturday night.

Fans are encouraged to come out to the Mattamy Athletic Centre to support the team, though Friday’s afternoon start is sold out with over 1,000 school kids poised to fill the stands.  For those who cannot attend, all the action can be seen live on OUA.tv, and updates from the game can be found by following the Ryerson Rams on twitter @ryersonrams.

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