The Ryerson Rams basketball teams play their home openers Wednesday amidst a very successful start to their regular seasons. Both the men’s and women’s teams will take on the Western Mustangs at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.
The Mustangs are going to have their hands full playing on the road against Ryerson
The men’s team is 2-0 on the year, defeating Waterloo and Laurier by identical 87-54 scores. Meanwhile, the Mustangs are 1-1 on the year, with their lone loss coming against the No. 5 ranked Windsor Lancers.
The Rams, who opened the year ranked third in the country, currently lead Canadian Interuniversity Sport in points against, giving up only 108 through two games, and opponent field goal percentage, allowing only 27 per cent of the shots against them to fall.
The women’s team is also 2-0 on the year, having defeated Waterloo in their opener by 34 points and Laurier in a hard-fought game, 66-59. The Mustangs are 0-2 on the year.
Much like the men’s team, the women have put a premium on defence, sitting fifth in the CIS in points allowed per game.
But that doesn’t mean the offences haven’t shown well. With the men’s team having scored 87 points in their games, they have the fourth highest points per game among teams that have played at two games in the Ontario University Athletics.
Fifth-year guard Jahmal Jones is leading the charge with 20.5 points per game, looking to lead his team to its first championship appearance in his time at Ryerson.
The women, led by fourth-year guard Keneca Pingue-Giles, have been cruising since their season began. Their 10 victories, including eight in the pre-season, have been won by an average of 18.3 points.
This is the first time in over 10 years both Rams teams have started a year with two consecutive wins. With the success both teams showed in the pre-season, it’s not out of the realm of possibility they continue their hot starts.
With both the men’s and women’s teams vying for OUA and CIS championships, Wednesday’s home openers will continue to test their moxie. They get to play in front of a home crowd in the former stomping grounds of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors.
A 3-0 start by both teams would be something unprecedented in Rams’ basketball history and would signal the beginning of a new era for Ryerson athletics.
You can catch the Rams in action Wednesday at the MAC.