Rams advance to quarter-finals with victory over Laurentian
TORONTO — In a showing of their depth and overall talent, the Ryerson Rams took an 80-45 win over the Laurentian Voyageurs in the first round of the OUA playoffs on Wednesday night at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto.
Leading the Rams through their fight against the Voyageurs was fifth-year forward Sofia Paska (Etobicoke, Ont.) who finished the game with 20 points and 16 rebounds.
Ryerson’s first-quarter efforts, though slowed by their scoreless opening two minutes, kickstarted their game and set the tone for the remaining three quarters. The Rams outscored the Voyageurs 25-15 in the first, led by Ryerson’s Hayley Robertson (Toronto, Ont.) who had six points and two rebounds in the opening 10 minutes of the game.
The Rams’ scoring would slow in the second, but the team would gain an opportunity to switch up their lineup and let several non-starters rack up significant minutes. The Rams took a 44-28 lead at the end of the quarter, rounding out the first half with 19 bench points.
Ryerson sophomore Leyki Sorra (Toronto, Ont.) contributed seven points in the first half and six in the second, finishing the game shooting 80% (4-5) from three and playing a key role in the victory.
Ryerson would continue to outscore Laurentian in the second half, holding the visiting Voyageurs to just eight and four points in the third and fourth quarters. Ryerson’s production didn’t slow down, though, as the Rams continued to press and finished the game with an 80-45 victory over Laurentian.
Sorra says her team’s complete effort tonight was one of their best so far this season.
“Our ability to share the ball was huge for us,” says Sorra. “We were moving around well and we were extremely connected. That’s something we’ve been talking about all week and it really showed tonight.”
Among standout performances tonight was Ryerson’s Stefanija Mrvaljevic (Mississauga, Ont.), who hit her first career three-point shot in the fourth quarter against Laurentian.
Rams head coach Carly Clarke says her bench players had a significant impact on the outcome of tonight’s game, echoing Sorra’s sentiment about the team’s distributive play against Laurentian.
“We kept rolling people tonight and it created great energy and a great flow,” says Clarke. “Our team was really willing to share the ball and that had a huge influence on the outcome of the game.”
Looking ahead, the Rams will advance to face the Carleton Ravens in the OUA quarterfinals next Saturday in the Raven’s Nest at 6:00 PM.