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Rams trample Axewomen to claim victory in consolation final

By Jessica Pincente

TORONTO — The no. 8 Ryerson Rams battled their way to a dominant 91-67 win over the no. 6 Acadia Axewomen in the consolation final to close out their U SPORTS Final 8 campaign on Sunday afternoon at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto.

The win over Acadia sees the Rams earn a fifth-place tournament finish, while the Axewomen fall to the sixth-place spot. Leading the Rams to victory was fifth-year senior Sofia Paska (Etobicoke, Ont.), who capped off her Ryerson career with a huge win on home court.  

The Rams would open the flood gates in the opening moments of the game, taking an 8-1 lead just 1:30 into the quarter. Ryerson would extend their lead to 11-3, but a late first-quarter run by the Axewomen would keep the game within reach for visitors.

Even still, the Rams would take a 26-15 lead at the end of the first quarter. Ryerson’s Paska had eight points after 10 while Acadia’s Haley McDonald (Port Williams, N.S.) countered with seven.

“I really wanted to go out with a bang this weekend, knowing it’s my last game wearing a Ryerson Rams jersey,” says Paksa, the fifth-year senior. “Everything just seemed to fall into place today.”

Acadia continued to struggle in the second quarter, unable to put a stop to Ryerson’s dominant offensive efforts. The Rams would score 29 points in the quarter, taking a 55-32 lead at the half while shooting 57 percent from the floor.

The Axewomen would outscore the Rams in the third quarter, cutting down the deficit by four heading into the final frame. The Rams would hold off Acadia’s comeback attempt, though, and walked off their home court with a 91-67 lead over the visiting Axewomen.

Ryerson’s Cara Tiemens (Newmarket, Ont.) had 18 points, four steals, and two assists in 31 minutes on the floor. Paska finished the game with 17 points and 12 rebounds, recording the only double-double of the game.

Tiemens, Paska and fellow senior Katherine Follis (Toronto, Ont.) would combine for 46 points in the win. The win over Acadia marked the trio’s final game in a Rams uniform.

The game also marked Ryerson’s final matchup of the 2019 Final 8 tournament. Rams head coach Carly Clarke says it was an honour to host the tournament at Ryerson, commenting on the sentimental value one last win on home court.

“We’re going to enjoy the win and celebrate the season that we just had,” says Clarke. “The future is bright, we’re definitely excited for that.”  

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