By David Morassutti
Keneca Pingue-Giles racked up 21 points as the women’s basketball team defeated the Western Mustangs 83-64 Saturday night at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, advancing to the final four of the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) playoffs.
Ryerson jumped to an early lead 21-6 in the first quarter with Western picked up the pace in the second.
Ryerson led 43-23 going into halftime.
“I felt that the start was really good because we really prepared for the zone, “ Pingue-Giles said. “Because they played zone against U of T, we were able to able to find the gaps in it.”
Pingue-Giles finished the first half shooting 4-5 from the field while going 2-2 from the three-point range. Silvana Jez was dominant in the paint, scoring nine points along with six rebounds.
Western came out strong in the third quarter taking the quarter 20-15.
In the fourth quarter both teams exchanged chances, with Western cutting the lead to 12.
When asked about the strong push from Western in the second half, head coach Carly Clarke knew that they were not going to away easy. “We just needed to find our energy and intensity again. (Western) came out fired up and I think they surprised us because we came out casually,” she said.
Ryerson forced 23 turnovers throughout the game.
“We have to make sure that we can box out big teams, especially if we move on to face bigger teams like Windsor, and make sure that we are physical on both offensive and defensive rebounds,” said Pingue-Giles.
Ryerson will move on to the final four next week in Ottawa where they will join Windsor, McMaster and Ottawa universities in a battle for OUA gold.