Ryerson’s men’s and women’s basketball teams opened up their regular seasons Wednesday night in Waterloo. Both teams came away victorious, carrying over their success from the pre-season.
The women played first and laid the hammer on the Waterloo Warriors. Three minutes into the game, the Rams led 10-3 and never looked back. Heading into halftime, their lead had expanded to 22, before finishing the game with an 81-47 victory. Fourth-year guard Keneca Pingue-Giles led the way with 15 points, while three other Rams also reached double-digits.
The Warriors never seemed to have a chance, as Ryerson caused 27 turnovers and forced them to shoot a measly 32.3 per cent from the field, including a 5.9 per cent clip from beyond the arc.
Ryerson shot 43.5 per cent from the field and also converted on 70 per cent of their free-throw attempts.
The women’s team simply overmatched the Warriors in all aspects of the game.
The men’s game was much of the same. In fact, it was eerily similar.
The Rams took a seven-point lead three minutes into the game. By halftime, they had an 18-point lead, up 40-22. They cruised in the second half, defeating the Warriors by a score of 87-54.
The Rams shot 43.9 per cent from the field, while Waterloo shot only 32.7 per cent, which is almost identical to the women’s game. The men’s team also, unsurprisingly, shot 70 per cent from the free-throw line, which was identical to the women’s.
Fifth-year guard Jahmal Jones led the team in scoring with 17 points, while Jean-Victor Makuma scored 15 of his own.
Both teams travel to Laurier on Friday night for their second games of the year.