As the men’s basketball team is set to host the Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) Final 8 tournament at the Mattamy Athletic Centre this week, there’s another Ryerson team vying for their chance at a national trophy.
The Ryerson Rams women’s basketball team is in Quebec City this week for their first-ever national tournament.
The lady Rams already made history when they played in their first ever Ontario University Athletics (OUA) final-four tournament on March 6 in Windsor.
They went 2-1 in the playoffs, locking a spot in the championship game and a chance to appear at nationals, after defeating Queen’s Gaels 69-61.
The Rams lost the provincial championship match to the dominant Windsor Lancers, who were up by more than 25 points early in the game. Ryerson was never able to recover from the deficit, but still took home a silver medal.
The Windsor Lancers went undefeated in the playoffs, claiming their sixth straight provincial title in seven years. They are the favourite in the CIS nationals, going in with a number-one ranking for their seventh consecutive season in the tournament. They are looking for their fifth CIS title.
Ryerson Rams are seeded seventh after going 16-3 in regular season, their best one to date.
The Rams first game is at 2:30 p.m. on March 12 versus the second-ranked University of British Columbia (UBC) Thunderbirds.
It will be a tough fight for the Rams as the west-Canadian champions T-Birds also come to the tournament after four straight playoff wins.
If Ryerson beats UBC in the quarter-final match, it would give them a berth in the semi-finals on March 14, set to broadcast on Sportsnet ONE.
The eight-team tournament, hosted by Laval Rouge et Or, stars March 12 and continues until March 15, with the national title live on Sportsnet 360 at 1 p.m.
Fans can watch all 11 games of the competition at www.CIS-SIC.tv.