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Navarro’s return keys offensive explosion

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Team shows plenty of promise in first two games

By Noah Love

If she had been out of the OUA for nearly two years, you wouldn’t have known it.

Karrina Navarro scored 24 points and had six steals as the women’s basketball team thrashed the University of Windsor Golden Hawks 59-43. She was perfect from the free-throw line in nine attempts and 7-12 from the floor.

Navarro left the team at the beginning of the 1999-2000 season to concentrate on her studies. Her return to the court comes as a relief to the coaches, who are in desperate need of a big scorer.

“We’re trying to get everybody into the game,” Navarro said. “You can’t just have one person scoring.”

This was the case last year when all-star Miruna Muller ran the offense, defense and everything in between.

Ashley Keohan chipped in 17 points for Ryerson, which does not travel again until Nov. 30.

“We’re more of a team this year,” said Koehan, now in her second year with the Rams. “I feel good shooting the ball and everyone is playing well.”

On Friday, the Rams lost their season opener to the University of Western Ontario Mustangs 60-47.

Tamara Alleyne-Gittens led the Rams in scoring. She had 26 points and 16 rebounds in the two weekend games.

“We played well in the first half,” Navarro said. “They led for most of the game, but I think it could have gone either way.”

The Rams play the McMaster University Marauders on Friday night, in their league home opener. On Saturday they play Lakehead University from Thunder Bay.

“The McMaster game will be exciting,” Keohan said. “We should beat Lakehead quite handily.”

The Ryerson fanclub is holding a party at the Goldie Foxx Pub and Grill, prior to the basketball home openers. They will be announcing the name of the new club, making it an official Ryerson organization.

The club will be giving away free Coca Cola prizes and painting faces for fans who are attending the basketball double header. Anybody who is interested can show up around 5 p.m. on Friday evening, an hour before the lady Rams take the court against McMaster.

For those who are not interested in a party with the people who run the fanclub, the women play at 6 p.m. and the men play at 8 p.m.

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