By Michael Grace-Dacosta
They came, they saw, they conquered.
On Monday, the University of North Dakota defeated Ryerson 77-29 in a game that quickly got out of hand.
North Dakota started the game on a 6-1 run and never looked back. North Dakota dominated the Rams in every single area of the game. They out-rebounded the Rams 38-20, forced more turnovers (13-3), and shot a higher field percentage (38%-15%), en route to the blowout win.
“Overall I thought the game was a good test for us cause it’s a different style of play. I thought it was tough for us to make some adjustments a little bit,” said University of North Dakota head coach Travis Brewster.
Freshman Leah Szabla led the way offensively for North Dakota team with a near triple-double, with eight points, nine assists, and eight steals, while sophomore Mia Loyd led the team in scoring with 16 points and nine rebounds.
Kenesha Pingue-Giles led the Rams in scoring with seven points and three rebounds.
The Rams connected on just two of their first 12 shots, and their woeful offence continued in the second half — as they made only one shot from the field for the remainder of the game.
The Rams played without reigning OUA Rookie of the Year Ceejay Nofuente.
Laura Gaskin, Nicole DiDomenico, Julia Roberston and Shannon Mclnerney all made their Ryerson debut.