The Rams continue to roll, improving their record to 5-1, after losing for the first time last week, 95-79 in Windsor, which also saw them fall one spot in the CIS Top 10 rankings, from third to fourth.
There was a buzz at the Kimel Family Field House as NBA All-Star Weekend promotions were in full swing. Some big name guests in attendance included former Raptor, Morris Peterson; The Raptor, and the Toronto Raptors Dance Pak.
The Varsity Blues played the Rams a lot closer than they did in the Rams’ home opener, where Ryerson came away with the 78-36 win. “They’ve definitely improved (from the first time we played them),” said Rams point guard Cara Tiemens. “They’re rebounding a lot. They’re third in the country (in rebounding), so they’re going after the ball.”
Fifth-year senior, Keneca Pingue-Giles continued to show why she is among the best guards in the OUA, as she lead her team with a game-high 25 points, adding eight rebounds and five assists along the way.
The Rams led from start to finish, though Toronto would cut the deficit to one (71-70) midway through the fourth, much to the delight of the loud Varsity Blues fans. That’s as close as they would get though, as the Rams went on a 10-0 run following a much-needed timeout.
“Crowds are definitely important because teams feed off their energy,” Tiemens said when asked about the impact of the fans.
Loud fans aren’t new to the Rams. “I definitely think that our home court advantage was a little bit better, (in the first game). Toronto actually had to move their timeouts onto the middle of the court because our Ram Pack was so loud behind them.”
But it wasn’t just Pingue-Giles with the impressive performance for the Rams. Fifth-year senior, Siki Jez, and sophomore, Sofia Paska each added double-doubles, to help Ryerson take home the win.
Fifth-year guard Abena Addo had 18 points and added six boards for Toronto, while Alanna Garner recorded 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Despite winning the BIA Cup, Tiemens is still hungry for more. “I mean it’s always good to win something, it feels good – it’s an accomplishment. But I want to win an OUA title, and a national title, so it doesn’t mean as much as those.”
The Rams are off for the rest of 2015, and will return on January 13th when they host the York Lions at the Mattamy Athletic Centre — the first of a four-game home stand.
The BIA Cup is an annual competition between the Ryerson Rams and the Toronto Varsity Blues men’s and women’s basketball teams, that was created by the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA). For more information, click here.