AROUND OUA: Rams win streak grows to four with victory over Algoma

AROUND OUA: Rams win streak grows to four with victory over Algoma

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Ryerson 59 @ Algoma 49

Carleton 71 @ Nipissing 39

Queen's 68 @ Lakehead 61

Ottawa 71 @ Laurentian 60

Rams win streak grows to four with victory over Algoma

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. - The Ryerson Rams women's basketball team collected their fourth straight win on Friday night, defeating the Algoma Thunderbirds 59-49, largely due to their ability to get to the free throw line.

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Though the percentage may not be pretty at 66.7% for the game, Ryerson managed to score 18 points from the charity stripe (18-for-27) and punished the Thunderbirds for sending them to the line so often. Algoma could muster just four attempts from the line, so Ryerson's +14 from the stripe certainly helped clinch the ten-point victory.

Ryerson's Kellie Ring (Ottawa, Ont.) continues to look more and more comfortable as a Ram as the games go on as she netted a season-high 22 points. Rams forward Sofia Paska (Etobicoke, Ont.) registered her fourth double-double in five games with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

The Rams got out to an early 16-8 lead through ten minutes of play and that eight-point cushion held up for much of the game. Ryerson headed to halftime leading by seven, 30-23.

Both teams struggled a bit offensively in the third quarter with the teams combining for just 14 points. Ryerson outscored the Thunderbirds 10-4 to increase the lead to 13 after three quarters. Despite the third quarter struggles, both teams saved their best quarters for last but Algoma couldn't mount a big enough come back, dropping the 59-49 decision.

Ryerson committed just six turnovers in this one, tying a team record dating back to January 8, 2010 for fewest turnovers in a game. 

The Rams improve to 4-1 on the season while Algoma slides to 1-5. Ryerson has the rest of the weekend off and will return to action on Wednesday, November 30 when they host the Western Mustangs at 6:00 p.m.

Source: Ryerson Rams

Ravens rock Lakers for first win of 2016 season

NORTH BAY, ON — The Carleton Ravens women's basketball team collected its first win of the regular season on Friday night with a comfortable 71-39 road victory over the Nipissing Lakers.

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A one-sided first half in favour of the Ravens left little doubt that the visitors would collect two points against a Lakers team that dropped to 0-5 on the campaign with the loss.

The first quarter was highlighted by a dominant ten minutes from OUA All-Star Heather Lindsay (Ottawa, ON), who scored 12 points in the opening frame, including Carleton's first 10 points of the game. With their top scorer going to work in the paint early on, the Ravens established a 16-10 advantage after one.

With a six-point lead, the Ravens sensed an opportunity to blow the game wide open in the second. Sophomore Cynthia Dupont (Waterville, QC) scored 6 of her 10 points in the period, as the Ravens put together a blistering 23-10 run to jump out ahead, 39-20, after two.

Carleton's defence began the third quarter by holding the Lakers without a basket for nearly three and a half minutes. Three Ravens three-pointers in four scoring possessions provided Carleton with a 56-30 scoreline heading into the fourth.

Forward Catherine Traer (Chelsea, QC) scored a quick pair of buckets midway through the fourth, and senior Amanda Niyonkuru (Burlington, ON) got in on scoring act late in the contest with a couple of baskets to help Carleton finalize the outcome.

Nipissing rarely looked threatening on the offensive end throughout the game, as Carleton showed more energy and physicality than their opponent did. Carleton won the rebounding battle, 40-30, and also had 4 blocks in the paint, with two coming courtesy of Heather Lindsay.

Lindsay had another impressive outing by stuffing the stat sheet with 18 points (6-12 FG, 6-8 FT) and 19 rebounds, while frontcourt partner Catherine Traer posted 17 points (7-14 FG).

The Ravens had a handful of playmakers in the game, with guard Nicole Gilmore (Hamilton, ON) dishing out a team-high 6 assists, and Steph Carr (Stittsville, ON) providing 4 helpers.

Carleton shot 40% (28-70 FG) against the Lakers, while limiting Nipissing to 23.8% (10-42) on field goals. It is the third time that the Lakers have been held to less than 40 points in a game in only five regular-season performances.

Lakers guard Heidi Smith paced her side with 8 points.

The Ravens (1-1), ranked No.4 in the country, will go for the weekend sweep tomorrow as they travel west on the Trans-Canada Highway to face Laurentian (0-5) in Sudbury. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Source: Carleton Ravens

No. 6 Gaels tame Thunderwolves, stretch win streak to five games

THUNDER BAY, Ont. (November 25, 2016)- Marianne Alarie tallied a game-high 22 points, and the No. 6 ranked Queen's Gaels women's basketball team earned its fifth-straight victory to begin the regular season, topping the Lakehead Thunderwolves 68-61.

GAME FLOW
Alarie (Sudbury, Ont.) shot 9-of-20 from the field, and drained two three-point buckets in 30 minutes of court-time for the Gaels. Abby Dixon (North Vancouver, B.C.) picked up 14 points and a team-high four steals, while Andrea Priamo (Guelph, Ont.) recorded 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds, including five on the offensive glass.

Veronika Lavergne (Kingston, Ont.) rounded out the scoring with 11 points and six rebounds for Queen's, who shot 42.4% (25-59) from the field and an impressive 50% (6-12) from beyond the arc. The Thunderwolves struggled from three-point range, draining just two of 21 attempts (9.5%) while working at a 33.8% (24-71) efficiency overall.

The Gaels remained undefeated in conference play despite committing 28 turnovers, while the Thunderwolves turned the ball over on 21 occasions. The Thunderwolves bench also outscored Queen's 22-7, and got the deficit down to two points in the final quarter. But a 9-1 run by the Gaels that included five points by Alarie and four by Lavergne put the contest out of reach.

BY THE NUMBERS
20- Queen's and Lakehead combined for just 20 points in the opening quarter
2- The Gaels are ranked second in the conference with an average of 78.6 points per game
18- Queen's scored 18 points off of the Thunderwolves 21 turnovers

UP NEXT
The Gaels will look to conclude the first half of the regular season undefeated next Saturday, when they play host to the Algoma Thunderbirds at the Queen's ARC. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. and the game can be seen live on OUA.tv

Source: Queen's Gaels

Gee-Gees improve to 2-0 with win over Voyageurs

The uOttawa Gee-Gees women's basketball team is 2-0 after its 71-60 win against the Laurentian Voyageurs on Friday night.

uOttawa was aggressive defensively in the first half, forcing Laurentian into seven turnovers, and dominated with 20 rebounds. A high scoring first quarter ending in uOttawa ahead by six points at 22-16.  In the second quarter Laurentian pushed back matching pace with uOttawa, coming within three points of the lead.

In the third quarter Laurentian tied the game at 43 points. uOttawa responded to grow their lead with a seven-point run, as veteran guard Julia Soriano scored from distance followed immediately by a steal in the Laurentian end. Consecutive Laurentian fouls gave uOttawa six points from the free throw line. Strong shooting by third-year guard Danielle Marion stretched the lead to eleven points, ultimately securing the win.

It was a team effort in scoring tonight for uOttawa, leading in scoring was veteran guard Sarah Besselink with 14 points, third-year guard Danielle Marion with 15 points, and second-year guard Brooklynn McAlear-Fanus with 9 points. uOttawa stood with an impressive 61 rebounds at the final whistle.

Source: Ottawa Gee-Gees