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Ryerson Rams Basketball vs Laurier Golden Hawks

  • Nov 25 , 2017
  • 6:00pm
  • Ryerson Students: FREE (with OneCard)

    Adults: $12.00

    Non-Ryerson Students/Seniors (65+): $10.00

    Ryerson Alumni: $8.00

    Children 12 & Under: Free (except for playoff games - children are $5)

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Ryerson Rams Basketball vs Laurier Golden Hawks

Ryerson Rams women's basketball team update:
The Rams were able to secure their fifth-win in a row on Saturday evening, and in dominating-fashion, as they bested the visiting Laurier Golden Hawks 72-59 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

Coming into this game, the Golden Hawks were hot off of a big win against Queen’s, and senior guard Nicole Morrison (Hamilton, Ont.) seemed virtually unstoppable. However, the Rams had an answer for all of this, and they were sufficiently prepared right from the get go.

Throughout the first half, the Rams seemed to follow through on these keys to success. Right from the start of the game, the Rams were more aggressive in both an offensive and defensive manner, when compared to previous contests. Additionally, the combined height, and power, of the Rams all-star Sofia Paska (Etobicoke, Ont.) was something that Golden Hawks couldn’t find an answer for, as Paska would complete the first half with a double-double of eighteen points and eleven rebounds. Of note, as well, was the performance of freshman guard Marin Scotten (Ottawa, Ont.) who provided six points and six rebounds of her own to provide yet more trouble for the Laurier baseline. The Rams would go on to outscore the Golden Hawks 41-23 throughout the first half.

The big question going into Saturday’s game however, was whether or not the Rams would be able to slow down the advances of Laurier guard Nicole Morrison (Hamilton, Ont.), who single-handedly dropped 37 points in the Golden Hawks 72-70 win over the Queen’s Gaels on November 18. During the first half of play, it seemed as though the Rams had bolstered their perimeter defense to a such a degree that Morrison’s advances were halted before they could begin.

In comparison to the first half of play, which saw the Rams dictate the pace of play, the home team's effort was inconsistent throughout the final two quarters of play. During the third quarter of play, it seemed as though the Rams had become flat-footed on defense as the Golden Hawks, and in particular Morrison, were easily able to traverse around Ryerson defenders that were seemingly affixed to the floorboards. Throughout the third-quarter, the Golden Hawks would go on to outscore the Rams 17-10.

This damage could have been much worse, however, if it had not been the efforts of key Rams players. In particular for the third quarter, were the efforts of Katherine Follis (Toronto, Ont.) would contributed both offensively and defensively in a vitally important fashion, grabbing rebounds and putting up desperately needed points throughout.

Moving into the final 10 minutes of play, the Rams had reacquired the pace of play that they had established in the first half of the contest. Paska continued to impress in the fourth quarter, dropping 11 points and grabbing four rebounds to end the night with 15 rebounds and a career-high 29 points. The fourth-year forward is also just four points shy of 1,000 career points as a Ram.

Additionally, the contributions of the Rams starting guards, such as Cara Tiemens (Newmarket, Ont.) and Jama Bin-Edwards (Toronto, Ont.), proved to be invaluable as they would go on to combine for sixteen points and twelve rebounds throughout the contest.

Ryerson Rams men's basketball team update:
While Manny Diressa (Toronto, Ont.) made his official return to the Ryerson Rams lineup last night, it was Saturday night that he really made his true comeback as he put up 24 points in a 80-70 win over the Laurier Golden Hawks at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

In his return to the Rams lineup after an injury kept him sidelined since early November, Diressa put up eight points in an overtime victory over Waterloo. Tonight, Manny was back in full force, out-scoring his return before the first half had ended and went on to put up the numbers he is known for.

The Rams, utilizing their more experienced core of Diressa and Myles Charvis (Mississauga, Ont.), the Golden Hawks relied more on quick and talented youth. This includes former Rams guard, Tevaun Kokko (Markham, Ont.), who put up 21 points against his former team complimented by four steals.

Charvis would lead the game early, coming out of the first with 17 of his eventual game-total 19 points. With 70% effectiveness from the field, Charvis showed that he could both lead the team and compliment Diressa’s play while still putting up impressive numbers. JV Mukama (Hamilton, Ont.) took a step back from the scoreboard compared to recent games, but was absolutely essential on the defensive side of the ball. With five steals and eight rebounds, six of those being defensive rebounds, Mukama still managed a 62.5% field goal average to put up 11 points.

Improving to a record of 6-2, the Rams now sit in a three-way tie for second in the OUA East with the Laurentian Voyageurs and the Ottawa Gee-Gees. Only the Brock Badgers and Carleton Ravens have more points in the OUA with 18 and 16, respectively.

The victory marked the second with Popic at the helm of the team, as head coach Roy Rana is abroad coaching the Canadian national team. After back-to-back victories at home, Rana will be back to take control when the Rams travel to University of Toronto to face cross-town rivals the Varsity Blues.

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