By Robyn Burns
A Saturday night win over the Carleton Ravens snapped the Rams’s 12-game losing streak and pushed them one step closer to a playoff spot.
On Friday night, in a game against the University of Ottawa Gee Gees, the Rams fought hard but fell short, losing 58-46.
Head coach Sandy Pothier challenged her team to play hard against the physical Ottawa team. The Rams secured only 10 defensive rebounds against Ottawa, giving the Gee Gees room to run their offence.
Rams centre Tamara Alleyne-Gittens kept the team’s sights up with 12 points. Guard Justine Navarro pitched in 10 in a game where the Rams seemed to be trying to respond to Ottawa’s game strategy.
“We’ve got to learn to play for us”, said team captain Lisa Greig.
Both Greig and Pothier still feel that improvements are needed. “There were some lapses&we’ve got to play till the end of the buzzer,” said Pothier. “Tomorrow’s a really big game for us.” During Saturday’s “big game,” it all came together for the women.
The Rams beat the struggling Ravens 50-46. The Rams got a strong performance from Amanda Redhead.
The second year power forward crashed the boards all night, scoring 14 points. “Amanda was very com-posed,” Greig said. “She was finishing her tough shots and busting her ass back down on defence.”
The Rams’ guards brought the high-energy play and the calm, collected leadership that the Rams needed.The team withstood a late Ravens surge to secure the victory, their first since Nov. 12.
The Rams proved too quick for the Ravens, who had foul trouble late in Saturday’s game. Carleton, whose men’s team is undefeated, was inconsistent with their ball handling and Ryerson’s women took full advantage.
Saturday’s win pushes the Rams (4-12) closer to a playoff berth, and ahead of a Carleton team whom the Rams play once more this season. “It was a must-win,” Greig said. “It puts us in the driver’s seat.”
The Rams play games against York and Laurentian universities at home this weekend, and are looking to further secure a playoff spot.