By Delia Xenophontos
After winning their first-ever game at a national championship with an impressive 76-60 score over the St. Mary’s Huskies, the Ryerson Rams women’s basketball team lost their final consolation game 73-65 against the University of Alberta Pandas.
After a successful free throw by Sofia Paska, putting the Rams on the board first, the Pandas scored 19 straight points. Keneca Pingue-Giles was able to put the Rams back in the game by scoring eight straight points and cut the lead to 23-12.
The Rams continued to fight back in the second quarter, but it wasn’t enough to take the lead. The Pandas headed into halftime with a 36-26 lead.
In the second half of the game, the Rams play definitely improved. Rams guard Mariah Nunes scored all 12 of her points in the second half.
“You just have to come out and play with heart, I think, that’s what we demonstrated,” said Pingue-Giles. “We’re definitely not quitters.”
After the slow start to the game, the Rams were able to battle back, but it wasn’t enough to win. The Rams ended their season with a 76-56 loss and finished sixth in the country.
“We had a bit of a slow start, but we found a way, and I’m thrilled with the way we left it on the floor,” said head coach Carly Clarke.
“I am very proud of the team. We had a great comeback, we couldn’t get the W, but it’s been a heck of a run,” added Pingue-Giles.
With files from Devin Jones