It was a slam dunk of a home-opener at the MAC last night as both Ryerson Rams men’s and women’s basketball teams handily won their games over the visiting Waterloo Warriors.
The Rams women’s team (1-2) earned its first win of season by defeating Waterloo 70-57, while the men’s squad (2-1) put on a dominant performance to wallop the Warriors 75-47.
The Rams men’s team – ranked sixth in the nation – rebounded from a subpar performance versus McMaster last weekend by putting on a defensive clinic Friday at Coca Cola Court, holding Waterloo to just 18 points in the first half and an anemic 29.8 field goal percentage for the game.
Ryerson spread out the offence too, with four of five starters scoring in double digits. Jean-Victor Mukama led all Rams scorers with 12 points, to go along with four rebounds.
“The guys were committed to the way we wanted to play defence and we never really allowed them to get into a run because our effort was consistent throughout the whole game,” said Rams men’s head coach Roy Rana.
The women’s win was equally impressive, as they held a double-digit lead throughout much of the game to cruise to victory.
Silvana Jez led all starters with 16 points while Keneca Pingue-Giles came off the bench to lead the team with 18 points and nine rebounds.
“I think we are excited, we had a tough opening weekend playing two real good teams on the road,” said Rams women’s head coach Carly Clarke about the home-opener win. “It was nice to get here, get some great fan support, the environment here was great and it was great to have so many people support the women’s team as well.”