A battle lasting the entire match, the Ryerson women’s basketball team lost to the York University Lions Wednesday after an unrelenting battle through four quarters. York were the scrappier team through the first half, racking up 14 fouls in the first 20 minutes of play.
In the beginning of the second quarter, the Rams had trouble containing Lions’ Katrina Collins-Samuels dribbling into the key, but at the other end it was Rams’ Sofia Paska with physical and intelligent play under the rim that kept things even.
The Rams began to find their groove with five minutes remaining in the third quarter. Rams forward Jama Bin-Edward marked Collins-Samuels more closely as the game wore on.
“I thought we did a better job on her today,” said Rams head coach Carly Clarke. “(Collins-Samuels) made a couple of tough shots and broke down some of our possessions, but overall I thought we did better with her.”
On the sidelines, Clarke was a frustrated figure throughout the game. The Rams and Lions were both punished by strict officiating, with very little lenience for physicality at both ends.
With just over two minutes left in the fourth quarter the game was tied 75-75. Scramble after scramble in front of both hoops kept the teams at a stalemate. The Rams took a timeout to come up with a potentially game-winning plan, with just over 90 seconds on the clock.
Their plan fell short, however, as Lions’ Lauren Golding hit a deep three to put the Lions ahead, 78-75, with 30 seconds left in the game. A free throw point from the Lions sealed it: Lions 79, Rams 75.
It may have appeared to be a close game, but Clarke said Ryerson were the better team.
“I thought our effort was better,” Clarke said. “Statistically, we were ahead in a lot of different categories, with one exception being offensive field goal percentage.
“They made a play late in the game and we didn’t.”
With three games until the playoffs and the prospect of facing the Lions again in the first round, Clarke said the team would look to remain sharp and improve its game as a whole, before the end of the regular season.
The Rams’ next game is against the Queen’s Gaels on Saturday, Feb. 10 in Kingston. Tipoff is at 6 p.m